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Entertainment briefs, May 2

Springtime craft show set for this weekend in Findlay

FINDLAY — The Hancock County Fairgrounds is to host the “Springtime in Ohio” craft show this weekend.

Hundreds of exhibitors are to be there the whole weekend.

Sign up at the Enter-To-Win Booth and spin Esther’s Wheel of Fun to win prizes and support the NWORRP (Little Trains on 99), all located in Building D.

Entertainment is to be provided by Paragon, the nostalgic barbershop quartet that strolls throughout the show and sings requests, along with The Two of Us performing in the mini park. Pony rides, Buttons the Clown and a face painter Art Me are to be there, too. Photos with Snow White and Belle are to be available 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in building I.

Adult admission is $6 and children 12 and under are free, as is parking.

The Hancock County Fairgrounds in Findlay, is at 1017 E. Sandusky St..

Jussie Smollett will not return to ‘Empire’ for next season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fox Entertainment said Tuesday that Jussie Smollett will not return to his series “Empire” next season in the wake of allegations by Chicago officials the actor lied about a racially motivated attack.

“By mutual agreement, the studio has negotiated an extension to Jussie Smollett’s option for season six, but at this time there are no plans for the character of Jamal to return to ‘Empire,'” the studio said in a statement that gave no reasoning was given for the decision.

Fox announced earlier Tuesday that the drama about a hip-hop record label and the fiery family behind it had been renewed for a sixth season.

A Smollett representative released a statement to media outlets suggesting a hope that he may eventually return.

Russ Gibb, Detroit DJ, teacher and rock promoter, dies at 87

DETROIT (AP) — Russ Gibb, a Detroit-area rock promoter, radio DJ, high school teacher and pop culture provocateur, has died. He was 87.

Andy Fradkin, Gibb’s friend and former student who handles his financial and legal matters, said he died Tuesday of heart failure at a Garden City hospital. The longtime Dearborn resident suffered from health problems for several years, Fradkin said.

Gibb leased Detroit’s former Grande Ballroom and gave Iggy Pop and the Stooges their first major show in 1968. That also provided a venue for such acts as Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Who and the Grateful Dead.

One of his best known gambits was as a DJ in 1969 when he entertained rumors about the supposed death of Paul McCartney not long after The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” was released. Discussion about the hoax lit up WKNR’s airwaves and helped propel the underground conspiracy into a global phenomenon.

“Russ knew how to work the system — he could always put on a good dog-and-pony show, as he would say,” Fradkin said of Gibb, who taught at Dearborn High School for 30 years. “It was about, ‘How do you get people talking?'”

Gibb, who also hosted radio call-in shows on other stations, as well as a live, local cable TV show, had “a whole cadre of different things and different chapters of his life that influenced a ton of people,” Fradkin said.

Punk pioneers MC5 recorded their†debut†album, “Kick Out the Jams,”†live†at the Grande. On Tuesday, guitarist Wayne Kramer tweeted , “My dear old friend Russ Gibb has departed this earth. He will be sorely missed. He was one of a kind.”

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press.

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