BBQ & Brew fest
GLEN ARBOR — Glen Arbor will kick off the summer season with the Glen Arbor BBQ & Brew Festival.
The event will be hosted from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, under a tent in downtown Glen Arbor. Local restaurateurs and northern Michigan breweries will be on hand with their creations and music for dancing will be provided by Erratixz.
Admission is $15 per person and includes four tickets toward the purchase of food and beverages. For advance admission tickets, visit www.bbqandbrewfest.com/buy-tickets.
TRAVERSE CITY — A new, free family-oriented event will debut Saturday, June 15.
The TC Family Fun Day will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. rain or shine, indoors and outdoors at the TBA Intermediate School District facility at the base of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons hiking trails. Activities include a family hike, games, crafts, a bounce house, face painting, a family photo booth, food, local mascots, prizes, a DJ playing family-friendly music and more.
Funds raised from event sponsorships will benefit the Father Fred Foundation.
TRAVERSE CITY — Aged to Perfection, an arm of Old Town Playhouse, will present its next performance of reader’s theatre Wednesday and Thursday, June 19-20.
The ensemble will present two one-act plays, “My Tailor” and “The Ugliest Woman Alive,” and two recitations, “When My Father Carves the Duck” and The Cremation of Sam McGee,” at 7:30 p.m. each night at the Old Town Playhouse Studio Theatre at the Depot at East Eighth Street and Woodmere Avenue. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
To learn more about the group, call 947-2210.
MANISTEE — Rolling Thunder is looking for vehicles to help them escort the Michigan Vietnam Memorial Wall on Friday, June 21.
Escort staging is at 2 p.m. at the Manistee VFW Post, 1211 28th St. The escorted Wall will leave at 3 p.m. from the VFW and travel to Little River Casino Resort, 2700 Orchard Highway, where the Michigan Memorial Wall will be on display Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23.
For details, contact Ride Captain Jerry Langhann, 723-2715 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUTTONS BAY — Chamber Music North’s next Arcturos Concert will feature the Oakland Trio.
The trio will present a program of music by Debussy, Mozart and Mendelssohn at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Black Star Farms. Tickets are $25 in advance at www.chambermusicnorth.com and at the door.
BUCKLEY — Tickets are on sale for the two-day Traverse City Area Blues Festival at Southside Festival Grounds, 620 W. Wexford Ave.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd will perform Friday, July 12, with supporting acts Brewz Brotherz, Harper, East Bay Blue and Hipps n Ricco. Trampled Under Foot will perform Saturday, July 13, with supporting acts Larry McCray, Big James & the Chicago Playboys, Thornetta Davis, Chicago Blues All Stars and Tweed Funk. The gates open at 1 p.m. each day.
Advance tickets for the two-day event are $35 general admission and $65 VIP. General admission at the gate is $40. Admission is free for ages 12 and younger. For details or tickets, contact Star Tickets, (800) 585-3737 or www.startickets.com. Tickets also are available in Traverse City at RPM Records, 3275 S. Airport Road.
Wine in a can?
NEW YORK — Spirit Airlines is thinking outside of the bottle.
The low-cost carrier known for extra fees and cheeky ads is now pouring wine out of aluminum cans.
Starting this week, passengers can purchase white moscato or strawberry moscato wine from Friends Fun Wine, an Aventura, Fla. company. Spirit will continue to sell mini bottles of Sutter Home wine.
The can of wine is larger — 250 milliliters to the bottle’s 187 — but it doesn’t pack as much of a punch. The canned wine is 6 percent alcohol by volume. Sutter Home is 13 percent.
Spirit likes the cans because they are easier to stack and store on airplanes with limited storage space.
They also weigh less and airlines are obsessed with making their planes lighter to save on fuel.
This is the latest cost-saving move from the Miramar, Fla., airline, which charges $3 for a drink of water and $35 to place a bag in the overhead bin.
Spirit will have to overcome some skeptical passengers.
“My wine consumption stops at a plastic bottle,” said Ben Granucci, an aviation enthusiast from New York. “I just don’t want that metallic taste in my mouth.”
But Spirit CEO Ben Baldanza isn’t worried. He admits there might be some jokes but is sure passengers will spend $7 for a can — or $12 for two cans — to sip some wine.
“People adapt,” Baldanza said. “Your choices at 30,000 feet are pretty limited.”
Scholar to speak
TRAVERSE CITY — Religious scholar John Stratton Hawley will speak on India and how its religious past shaped the heart of the country, then and now.
His June 20 speech will explore whether Muslims played a role in India’s historical narrative or whether they were effectively excluded. He’ll also talk about Dalits, the people who used to be called “untouchables,” and the role women played.
Hawley also will discuss how the United States is shaping the image of its own religious past. The religious debate in this country continues to be a divisive one; Hawley will draw parallels to similar debates in India, the world’s most populous democracy.
Hawley is a professor at Barnard College, Columbia University, and has authored or edited 16 books, largely concerning Hinduism and the bhakti traditions of north India.
The speech begins at 6 p.m. at the Dennos Museum Center’s Milliken Auditorium on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College. All programs begin with a reception in the Sculpture Court at 5:15 p.m.
Individual lecture tickets are $10 and available at the door. Current educators and students are admitted free. For memberships or more or information, call NMC Extended Educational Services at (231) 995-1700.
The speech is part of the International Affairs Forum. The eight-part series brings diplomats, policy makers, journalists and others from around the world to Milliken Auditorium. Speakers for the 2013-14 lecture series will be announced later this summer.
NEW YORK — Talk about your random testing.
Lindsey Vonn took an unexpected detour during her evening at an awards show — off the red carpet and into the women’s bathroom for drug testing.
The star skier was at the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards at Lincoln Center this week when testers from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency escorted her to the restroom to collect a urine sample. The sample was sent to a lab and results weren’t immediately available.
USADA and Vonn’s spokesman confirmed Monday’s test, which was first reported by the New York Post.
Olympic athletes are subject to random testing and required to fill out forms notifying USADA of their whereabouts at all times.
Vonn’s spokesman, Lewis Kay, says the test wasn’t a big deal to the skier, who wore a deep V-neck white gown by Cynthia Rowley, the designer who accompanied Vonn to the event.
“She understands it is part of the job,” Kay told The Associated Press in an email.