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Marzahn, a district on the eastern fringe of the capital made up of communist-era prefabricated high-rise housing blocks, became home to Germany’s first Frank Zappa Strasse late Saturday.

Orwo Haus, a former factory billed as the biggest practice center for young bands in Europe, began an initiative two years ago to rename the 980-foot-long Strasse 13 after the provocative star.

Seventeen bands rocked into the night after the unveiling of the new street sign, covering hits by Mr. Zappa and his Mothers of Invention.

Mr. Zappa, who died of cancer in 1993 at the age of 52, still has a strong cult following, particularly in the former communist bloc.

Belmondo resurfaces

Legendary French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo may return to the silver screen at the ripe age of 74, emerging after some six years of recovery from a stroke.

Mr. Belmondo’s return would be directed by Francis Huster, who wants to produce a new version of the film “Umberto D.”, the 1951 master work of Italian director Vittorio de Sica, Le Parisien newspaper said, citing Ici-Paris magazine.

When contacted by Agence France-Presse, the actor’s wife, Natty Belmondo, confirmed the project and the actor’s “joy” about doing a new version, but added that “nothing has been signed yet.”

The film, “A Man and His Dog,” tells the story of a retired teacher who lives in misery with a dog as his only companion.

According to sources close to the production, the film’s insurers have not yet given their approval.

Mr. Belmondo’s last film was “Amazones” with Arielle Dombasle in July 2001.

In August that year, Mr. Belmondo suffered a serious stroke while on vacation in Corsica. It left him partially paralyzed. Since then the actor has undergone intensive therapy and has made consistent progress.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from wire reports.