- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Ticktock

Courtney Love has a time-management problem.

The embattled rocker showed up more than five hours late to a Manhattan court appearance and was scolded by a judge who said her tardiness was grounds for arrest, according to Associated Press.

“The rules apply to you as well as everybody else,” Judge Melissa Jackson told the former Hole frontwoman Monday when she showed up at 3 p.m. for a scheduled 9:30 a.m. hearing.

Miss Love, 39, faces charges of assault and reckless endangerment for reportedly hitting a fan with a microphone stand at a show in the East Village in March.

Her lawyer, Scott Tulman, said she was late because she didn’t know she would be required to appear.

Miss Love, who also faces assault and felony drug charges in California, is due back in Manhattan Criminal Court Sept. 7.

Blue moves on Mozart

Associated Press

A Mozart opera modernized to feature prostitutes, full-frontal nudity, drugs and sadistic violence has created a storm in Berlin.

The premiere of “The Abduction From the Seraglio” at the Komische Oper last week was met with shouts of “scandal” and “that’s not Mozart” and threats by opera house sponsor DaimlerChrysler that it would pull its $24,000 annual funding.

“The overall depiction of sex and violence is absolutely unacceptable,” Matthias Kleinert, an adviser to DaimlerChrysler President and Chief Executive Juergen Schrempp, told the Bild daily.

“When the prostitutes were massacred onstage, I had to leave,” he told Berlin’s BZ daily.

The production, from Spanish director Calixto Bieito, moves the comic opera from an 18th-century Turkish palace to a brothel, full of forced prostitution, drug abuse and violence.

The performance has its supporters, and the opera house has reported strong turnouts.

Berlin’s top culture official, Thomas Flierl, called the opera “a true reflection of social phenomena,” although Komische Oper Artistic Director Andreas Homoki said the automobile company’s stance was understandable.

It is “legitimate and clear if a trustee withdraws because it can’t identify with the theater anymore,” he told the Berliner Morgenpost.

Hope triumphs

You know what they say about the third time — it’s a charm.

That might be what’s on the mind of Tom Cruise, who says he hasn’t given up on marriage after divorces from actresses Nicole Kidman and Mimi Rogers.

He told Los Angeles Confidential magazine, “I’m a romantic. I probably will get married again at some point. Just because things didn’t work out with Nic doesn’t make me feel that it can’t work out for me.

“I guess I have a dark side … . But I’m really an optimist. I see the cup as half-full not half-empty.”

Area Haggard

For the second consecutive year, Billboard.com reports, country rocker Merle Haggard will play for the alien watchers and conspiracy buffs at the UFO Music Fest, set to take place Saturday in Roswell, N.M., the site where some believe an alien craft crash-landed in 1947.

“It is interesting about what happened there,” Mr. Haggard told Billboard.

“If that thing came down out there in Roswell, then it is the biggest thing to happen since Christ. So, it is turning out to be a little more successful every year.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo and Robyn-Denise Yourse from wire reports.

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