- The Washington Times - Monday, June 1, 2009

The Domino Effect

At 81, Fats Domino rarely emerges from his Louisiana home, but he showed up Saturday for the Domino Effect, his namesake concert that raises funds to help rebuild schools and playgrounds damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

The New Orleans native smiled and waved from his private suite to more than 3,000 cheering people who attended the concert to see two of his old friends perform — Little Richard and B.B. King.

Mr. Domino is an icon in New Orleans, known nearly as much for his reclusiveness as for hits like “Blueberry Hill” and “Ain’t That a Shame.”

Little Richard, at the piano in a sparkly white suite, delivered an energetic set that included “Lucille,” “Tutti Frutti” and other hits.

Between songs, he reminisced about New Orleans and Mr. Domino.

Little Richard’s breakout hit “Tutti Frutti” was recorded at Cosimo Matassa’s studio in New Orleans in 1955. He said he remembered being on the road with Mr. Domino, who always longed to be back home. Then he broke into song: “Every night about this time, I go to sleep to keep from cryin’.”

Onstage, Little Richard was given a plaque inducting him into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

Lori Petty on bail

Los Angeles police say “Point Break” actress Lori Petty has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, Associated Press reports.

Police Sgt. Richard Parks said Miss Petty, 45, was taken into custody on Sunday in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles. He had no immediate details on the circumstances leading to her arrest.

Miss Petty was booked into jail and released after posting $100,000 bail.

A call to her manager was not immediately returned.

Miss Petty was the star of the 1995 movie “Tank Girl” and has also appeared in “Point Break” and “A League of Their Own.”

Jolie injured working

Actress Angelina Jolie was hospitalized briefly on Friday after suffering a minor injury while shooting an action sequence in Long Island, New York, for her upcoming film “Salt,” the studio behind the film said.

Her hospitalization was a “precautionary measure,” and she was soon out of the medical facility and back on the set, said a spokesman for Columbia Pictures, according to Reuters news agency.

Kundera fails to show

Czech-born writer Milan Kundera turned his back on his homeland once again when he failed to show up at a major conference on his work during the weekend in his home city of Brno, Agence France-Presse reports.

The 80-year-old Paris-based author of “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and other works stuck to his rules of visiting his native country only sporadically — and always incognito — and avoiding public appearances in general.

Mr. Kundera sent good-humored thanks for the “necrophile party” in a letter to the organizers of the three-day event, which drew scholars and translators from as far away as Chicago, Paris, Reykjavik, Rome and Warsaw.

He also told them, in a message read by one of the speakers, that he “sees himself as a French writer and insists his work should be studied as French literature and classified as such in bookstores.”

Jan Tlusty, a lecturer at Brno’s Masaryk University, said this was the first international conference on Mr. Kundera held on Czech soil.

Photographer sues

Former TMZ photographer Ricardo Mendoza filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles on Friday against singer Britney Spears over an incident in which his foot was run over.

Mr. Mendoza claims that Miss Spears negligently operated her car and committed assault and battery when she ran over his foot in Beverly Hills on Oct. 18, 2007, Associated Press reports.

Several media outlets picked up footage of the incident, including celebrity gossip site TMZ, where Mr. Mendoza worked at the time.

TMZ, which first reported the lawsuit, auctioned off Mr. Mendoza’s tire-stained sock and donated the proceeds to charity.

Mr. Mendoza is also suing a pair of Miss Spears’ companies, claiming their agents should have known that Miss Spears wasn’t capable of properly driving the vehicle.

The incident happened during a turbulent period for Miss Spears, who hours earlier had lost custody of her two sons. The singer, whose most recent album is “Circus,” has since regained visitation rights.

‘The right thing’

Ozzy Osbourne is suing former Black Sabbath band mate Tony Iommi, accusing him of taking over the heavy metal titans’ name and costing him royalties from merchandise, and three days later issued a statement imploring Mr. Iommi to “do the right thing.”

“Tony, I am so sorry it’s had to get to this point by me having to take this action against you,” the singer-turned-reality show star said Friday.

But, he added, “we’ve all worked too hard and long in our careers to allow you to sell merchandise that features all our faces, old Black Sabbath album covers and band logos, and then you tell us that you own the copyright.”

Mr. Osbourne lives in California, but filed suit Tuesday in a federal court in New York, saying Mr. Iommi falsely claimed to have sole rights to Black Sabbath’s trademark in negotiations during the last year with a company that sells the band’s merchandise. As a result, the lawsuit says, Mr. Osbourne has lost royalties formerly split 50/50.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, lost profits and a declaration that Mr. Osbourne is a half-owner of the trademark.

Compiled by Richard Slusser from Web and wire reports

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