Grateful to Garcia
They called it a "Deadication."
San Francisco renamed a city park amphitheater in memory of Jerry Garcia, the legendary guitarist for the Grateful Dead. On the bill for the inaugural concert in McLaren Park -- in the neighborhood where Garcia grew up -- were Jefferson Starship, David Gans and master of ceremonies Wavy Gravy, who, like Garcia, has a Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor named for him.
Earlier in the week, Garcia's artwork was installed at San Francisco City Hall as part of the inaugural exhibit for a new gallery. Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart led a 200-person drum circle at Wednesday's exhibit opening, which features early paintings from Garcia's days as a student at the California School of the Arts.
The white suit that John Lennon wore on the cover of "Abbey Road" was auctioned in Las Vegas for $118,000 Saturday. Anthony Pugliese of World Films in Del Ray, Fla., bought the suit, and also shelled out $32,000 for the brown embroidered jacket Lennon wore in the 1973 film "Imagine." A private Japanese investor paid $150,000 for the Austin Princess that Lennon drove in the film. In the same sale, sponsored by Julien's Auctions, Elizabeth Taylor's headdress from "Cleopatra" fetched $13,500 and Marilyn Monroe's 1961 appointment book brought $16,000, according to the Associated Press.
A Battle of Mikes and Guns
Hip-hop megastar 50 Cent says it's no big deal that billboards for his new movie, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," were set up in some school zones in the Los Angeles area -- or that they were taken down. Paramount Pictures removed some of the signs after civil rights activists, politicians and parents complained furiously about the signs, which feature "Fiddy" gripping a gun in one hand and a microphone in the other. "This billboard conveys to the students a disturbing message actively promoting gun violence, criminal behavior and gang affiliation," Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich wrote to Paramount studio head Brad Grey. The studio did not officially comment, but 50 Cent told Reuters: "I think Paramount made a business decision. I don't have a problem with it. At the end of the day, those kids are going to see the film."
* Nelson Mandela launched a comic book serialization of his life on Friday with the intention of opening up the joys of reading to South African kids. "My hope is that elementary reading of comics will lead the youth to the joy of reading good books. That joy has been mine all of my life, and it is one I wish for all South Africans," the anti-apartheid hero and former president told Reuters.
* On Friday a Chicago judge refused to dismiss the charges against R&B singer R. Kelly for allegedly engaging in videotaped sex acts with an underage girl. The defense had claimed that the stated period in which the alleged crime occurred was "too vague," but Cook County's Judge Vincent Gaughan ruled that "the evidence is sufficient for Mr. Kelly to prepare a defense."
-- Compiled from wire reports
by Ashby Strassburger