- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Head over heels

Australian Brittney McGlone, 18, was the winner Tuesday of the inaugural Stiletto Sprint along the shores of Sydney Harbour. The 265 contestants apparently set a record for the most women to run an 80-meter dash - nearly 90 yards - wearing 3-inch-high heels, according to Agence France-Presse. The winner’s prize included a sparkling goldlike stiletto mounted on a wood block.

They may call that a stiletto in Australia, but sources say it’s not all that high. Reports indicate that a few men also running the sprint were well-heeled, too.

Heels over head

Meanwhile, in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s Jose Fernandez and Melody Celatti won first prize in the stage-tango category at the World Tango Championships Monday.

“We were constantly trying to capture the essence of tango,” Miss Celatti said.

In some steps in Argentina’s national dance, the ladies’ heels were high above their heads. These high heels were made for dancing, not sprinting, and some were right up there in the stiletto category. The contest was carried on national television.

A jury of professional dancers and choreographers gave Cristina Sosa and Daniel Nacucchio first prize in the less formal salon-tango category. Each first-place couple was awarded about $4,100.

Hot lips

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum announced Tuesday that it paid $92,500 at a New York auction for the original artwork for the Rolling Stones‘ famous lips logo, inspired by the mouth of singer Mick Jagger.

The lips-and-tongue logo was designed by London art student John Pasche in 1970 and first used on the band’s “Sticky Fingers” album the next year. Mr. Pasche says he will use the money from the sale to send his 11-year-old son to private school.

The design “is one of the first examples of a group using branding, and it has become arguably the world’s most famous rock logo,” says Victoria Broakes, head of exhibitions for the museum’s theater and performance collections.

Mr. Pasche told the Guardian newspaper that the idea for the logo came “when I met Jagger for the first time at the Stones’ offices. … Face to face with him, the first thing you were aware of was the size of his lips and his mouth.”

Compiled from wire and Web reports

Honor for Les Paul

Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will pay tribute to Les Paul, the “father of the electric guitar,” at the annual American Music Masters series, a weeklong event that begins Nov. 10, officials said Tuesday. A tribute concert is scheduled Nov. 15 at Cleveland’s State Theater. Artists will be named later.

Mr. Paul, 93, still performs weekly at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City and hopes to attend the ceremony, AP reports. He was inducted into the hall of fame’s early-influence category in 1988.

“You have an inductee who in some ways maybe has had one of the biggest influences of all our inductees with the creation of his solid-body guitar, overdubbing … not to mention his musical styling and his ability to play,” said Terry Stewart, president and chief executive of the hall of fame. “He has become an idol and an icon to people in the rock world, as well as people in jazz and popular music.”

Mr. Paul began playing guitar as a child and by 13 was performing semiprofessionally as a country-music guitarist. He later made his mark as a jazz-pop musician, recording hits including “How High the Moon” with his wife, singer Colleen Summers, better known as Mary Ford. They divorced in 1964; she died in 1977.

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