In Case You Missed It: Top Stories from The Week (March 22-26)

A sought-after soprano joins the Michigan Opera Theatre, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix announces its coming back this June, Ingham County bans hair discrimination, and free electric carts debut in Detroit next month
Detroit Opera House in Detroit, MI
Soprano Christine Goerke has joined the Michigan Opera Theatre, which performs at the Detroit Opera House, pictured above. // Photo: IStock

The world’s most sought-after soprano is joining the Michigan Opera Theatre.

Christine Goerke will serve as the theater’s associate artistic director. She’ll perform at least once a season and take the lead in casting on MOT productions.

Lizzo puts out a casting call for her reality series.

The Detroit-born singer is looking for full-figured models and dancers for her upcoming unscripted Amazon series.

Michigan’s COVID surge serves as a warning sign for the rest of the country.

The state recorded nearly 17,000 new cases last week, a 300 percent increase from the same week last month. Experts are calling for a speedier vaccine rollout.

Dolly Parton’s program has distributed over 200,000 books to kids in Flint.

Children registered in Imagination Library are mailed a free book each month from birth to their fifth birthday. The program reached the milestone in late February.

Tone Tone opens Toney Island restaurant this weekend.

The Detroit rapper’s new coney spot will serve items with names unique to himself and the city including Waddupdoe Burgers, Baby Unk chili cheese fries, and Toney dogs.

 Downtown Detroit will soon have free electric carts.

Starting April 1, Gest electric carts will be available to take people to popular entertainment hubs and destination neighborhoods.

Ingham County bans hair discrimination against employees.

The county’s commissioners are the first in Michigan to pass a revision to the Equal Opportunity Plan that recognizes this ongoing discrimination against people of color.

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix comes back this June.

The event will take place June 11 to 13 at Belle Isle after its hiatus last year due to the pandemic. Tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks.

Women allege their drinks were spiked at Birmingham’s Rose Room.

Metro Times interviewed five women who suspect their drinks at the bar were drugged after they became dizzy and lost consciousness after one or two glasses of alcohol.

Top country artists will perform for Detroit Zoological Society’s virtual concert.

Brad Paisley, Old Dominion, Ashley McBryde, and others will be featured in the All Together for Animals benefit event on March 31.

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