Fun Flashback Friday: the 40th anniversary of ‘CHiPs’

Put all your chips in this weekend with the big-screen adaptation of “CHiPs” starring Dax Shepard and Michael Pena as Jon and Ponch, the roles that were originated by Larry Wlicox and Erik Estrada four decades ago on NBC. Airing from 1977 to 1983, you can say that “CHiPs” was like an urban Western that followed the adventures of Jon Baker (Wilcox) and Frank ‘Ponch’ Poncherello (Estrada): handsome and heroic crime-fighting partners and best friends, riding their wheels of justice in keeping law and order on the road as motorcycleRead More

PHOTOS: “Pop Art Comes to Michigan, 1963” @ UMMA

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo recently visited the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA). This symposium explores the historical and cultural significance of two pioneering exhibitions of Pop Art that were held at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in 1963. At that time, the concept of Pop Art was under construction. Subjects addressed in the art-–consumer culture, food and other appetites, technology and the mass media, the Cold War, women’s roles–were live issues at the University. By showcasing artists whose work was too raw or unusual to become partRead More

Disney·Pixar’s “CARS 3” Fuels Up For Nationwide Tour

BURBANK, Calif.  — Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3” is hitting the road this month with Road to the Races, a nationwide tour inviting fans of #95 to gear up for the upcoming big-screen release. Life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen, tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez and the sleek next-gen racer Jackson Storm will be rolling into 27 cities coast to coast to celebrate the new movie, which opens June 16, 2017. “We are going to kick off the tour at Disney Springs in Walt Disney World on Thursday, March 23,”Read More

WATCH: Fresh Thyme opens for business in Canton, MI

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from the new Fresh Thyme Farmers Market on Ford Road in Canton, Mich. This is the second new grocery store to open within the city in the last two weeks. Fresh Thyme features an extensive produce department with organic and local fruits and vegetables, a natural meat department, healthy deli foods to go, bakery goods, 400 bulk food bins, dairy and frozen and health supplement products. The store donated all of its Boar’s Head hot dog proceeds to The University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens. FreshRead More

EARTH TALK: Environmental Heroes LaDuke, McKibben and Fox Inspire Millions To Take Action

Dear EarthTalk: The environmental movement was built on the philosophies of people like Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson. But who are the great environmental visionaries of our own day and age? —Betsy Englund, Boston, MA Thoreau, best known for his book Walden taught us how to live a simple life and take pleasure in nature’s splendor all around us. Leopold’s 1949 book, A Sand County Almanac, encouraged us to respect the land and its inhabitants and manage it with future generations in mind. And Carson, whose book Silent Spring isRead More

PREVIEW: Ian & Chad from A Great Big World to perform at The Ark on March 26

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Ian Axel and Chad King from the pop/rock duo A Great Big World will hold an acoustic concert on March 26 at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Mich. They are best known for the hits “Say Something” and “Hold Each Other.” Musician Allie Moss will serve as the opener for that show. I spoke with Ian and Chad during an exclusive phone interview last week. First, I asked how they got started in the music business. “I met Ian at NYU, we both were studying theRead More

O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone Packed With 20th Anniversary Celebrations for NASCAR Auto Club 400 Weekend

FONTANA, Calif.  –  This weekend, NASCAR makes its only stop in Southern California for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 race weekend, March 23-26, at Auto Club Speedway. While fans are here to watch five-wide racing, they will also have access to the O’Reilly Auto Parts Fan Zone for driver appearances, a dozen music performances, autograph sessions, Lefty’s Fun Zone, motocross exhibits and other family fun. Monster Energy will have a large display with a motorcycle “ball of death” and special motorsport exhibits. In addition, Fanatics returnsRead More

Friday’s New CD/Album Releases for March 24, 2017

Look for these new CDs/albums to hit store shelves on Friday, March 24, 2017: Boss Hog Brood X Craig Finn We All Want The Same Things Creeper Eternity, In Your Arms Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors Souvenir James Blunt Afterlove Jethro Tull The String Quartets Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble Finding Me Finding You Mike WiLL Made-It Ransom 2 Mount Eerie A Crow Looked aAt Me Pallbearer Heartless Raekwon The Wild Snakehole Interludes Of Insanity Spiral Stairs Doris And The Daggers Steel Panther Lower the Bar Steve Hackett The Night SirenRead More

Public Event to Address Childhood Poverty and Education Outcomes March 23 in Detroit

DETROIT  — Dr. Charles Payne, an expert in urban education and school reform, social inequality, social change and modern African American history, will deliver a public lecture titled “The Limits of Schooling, The Power of Poverty,” as part of the American Educational Research Association’s Centennial Lecture Series. The event is free, open to the public, and includes an informal buffet reception. Payne, the Frank P. Hixon Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, will explore research evidence challenging the persistent idea that schools canRead More

PHOTOS: Emagine Saline Ribbon Cutting & VIP Preview Party

AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo reports from the new Emagine Theater in Saline, Michigan. The ribbon cutting and VIP preview party were held on Friday, March 17, 2017. The evening also featured musical performances by the Saline Fiddlers and Kimmie Horne. In this gallery, look for highlights of the special event. The new theater features nine screens and 1,000 seats in all. It is located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Industrial Drive in the space formerly occupied by Country Market. The new Emagine offers an expanded cuisine area with itemsRead More