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The 60-year-old guitarist and songwriter said he plans to submit his thesis, “Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud,” to supervisors at Imperial College London within the next two weeks. Mr. May was an astrophysics student at Imperial College when Queen, which included the late Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor, was formed in 1970. He dropped his doctorate as the glam rock band — one of Britain’s biggest music groups in the 1970s — became successful with such hits as “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You.”

East meets West

Japanese Ambassador Ryozo Kato pantomimed a comparison between Kabuki acting and diplomatic behavior when he showed a poker face that could be taken to mean the same — or the opposite — of what a speaker says. “You get the idea,” he told guests with a grin at his residence Tuesday night.

It was his way of introducing “the most famous Kabuki performers in Japan” prior to their appearance today for two shows at the Warner Theater in traditional costumes and makeup.

Last seen here during a sold-out event three years ago, today’s shows by the Heisei Nakamura-za Kabuki troupe coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Japan-America Society of Washington.

Kabuki goes back 400 years and often is sustained by family members who span many generations. Leading the cast is Nakamura Kanzaburo XVIII, who first appeared onstage at age 3.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse and Ann Geracimos from staff, Web and wire reports