- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 26, 2004

Diva cheered

Thousands of cheering fans called on Mexico’s tarnished “Madonna,” Gloria Trevi, to resume her singing career when she arrived at a Mass in her hometown of Monterrey on Thursday to celebrate her release from jail. The fallen pop diva, 36, was freed from prison earlier this week after being found not guilty of helping to kidnap and rape teenage girls lured into her cult-like musical clan with dreams of stardom.

Brother frozen out

The brother of rock legend Jimi Hendrix is not entitled to any money from the guitarist’s estate, a Seattle judge ruled on Friday. King County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell ruled instead that Janie Hendrix, stepsister to Jimi and to Leon who brought the lawsuit, will continue to manage the bulk of the estimated $80 million estate.

Spock’s radio trek

Former “Star Trek” actor Leonard Nimoy is beaming onto the radio.

“American Jewish Music From the Milken Archive With Leonard Nimoy” will explore scared and secular Jewish music from the Milken Archive of Jewish American Music during 13 two-hour episodes on WFMT Radio Network stations and XM Satellite Radio.

The series will air beginning Thursday.

“I grew up speaking Yiddish at home in Boston and hearing this music during services at synagogue and at social events where my uncle and four cousins played klezmer music,” Mr. Nimoy said in a statement Friday. “This program and this music makes me feel very much at home.”

The series’ musical selections will range from biblical epics set to music by Kurt Weill, Jewish legends in tone poems, film scores and operas, symphonies and concertos based on Jewish themes, Yiddish theater songs and world premieres of recently discovered Jewish compositions by Leonard Bernstein.

The Milken Archive was created by Lowell Milken, chairman of the Milken Family Foundation, in 1990.

Mr. Nimoy, 73, is most famous for his role as the logical Vulcan science officer Spock in the original “Star Trek” TV series. He can be seen alongside his “Trek” co-star William Shatner in TV commercials for Priceline.com

Princely duty

Britain’s Prince Harry will join an officer training course next year after passing the army’s entrance tests, his father’s office said on Friday. The 20-year-old prince, third in line to the throne, will be trained as an officer cadet at the prestigious Sandhurst military academy after successfully passing a four-day Regular Commissions Board (RCB) assessment.

Elton irked

British rock star Elton John ended his whirlwind tour of Taiwan unrepentant about calling the local media “rude, vile pigs.” Mr. John had been caught unprepared at Taipei airport on Thursday, when he emerged from a lift before passing immigration only to be greeted by a solid wall of flashing cameras.

Concert double bill

Classic rock fans in the District area will get a double shot of rock ‘n’ roll at 7:30 p.m. today with a one-night only concert double- feature presenting legendary artists Yes and Meat Loaf on screen at a local movie theater, Regal Ballston Common Stadium, 12671 N. Glebe Road, Arlington.

The theater will screen the premieres of the live concert films “Yes: 35th Anniversary Concert —Songs From Tsongas” and “Meat Loaf Live With The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.”

Filmed in May in Massachusetts, the Yes concert features the classic Yes lineup of Jon Anderson, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White.

Filmed in Melbourne, Australia, in February, Meat Loaf gives a dedicated bravura performance, singing his epic tales of love with that instantly recognizable, booming voice.

Tickets are available at the box office or online for $15.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from staff and wire reports.

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