- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Warhol’s world

Days before the opening of the world’s first major show of portraits by Andy Warhol, wacky designer and one-time Warhol associate Jean-Charles de Castelbajac paid his own tribute to the “pope of pop,” Agence France-Presse reports from Paris.

“He was more than an artist; he is an icon,” said Mr. de Castelbajac, a member of Mr. Warhol’s art and fashion celebrity circles of the 1970s and 1980s.

Ahead of the Wednesday launch of the “Warhol’s Wide World” exhibition at the Grand Palais, Mr. de Castelbajac paraded funky dresses at Fashion Week printed with a photo of the pop-art legend and topped with a shock of fake hair like the artist’s moplike top.

From Marilyn Monroe to Chairman Mao as well as art dealers, business leaders and royals, the Paris portrait show running to July 13 paints a broad-brush picture of society through the ‘60s until the ‘80s. Some of the 130 works are from private collections and exhibited for the first time.

Shopping Chanel

The recession does not seem to be putting a cramp in Andrea Mitchell’s style. The NBC News correspondent and wife of former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was shopping Saturday at luxury retailer Neiman Marcus in the Chanel section, no less.

She must have been shopping for someone special, because she turned to her personal shopper and asked, “Should I send jewelry or something for the house?”

Gee, must be nice. Could Ms. Mitchell adopt one of us into her circle of friends?

Stephanie Green

Reading list

At the Everybody Wins! DC Gala on Wednesday night, which celebrated pairing reading mentors with disadvantaged children, we asked some of the politicos in attendance about their favorite books as children and young adults.

Sen. Tom Harkin, Iowa Democrat: Cinderella and Snow White picture books and, as a teenager, the Hardy Boys books

Education Secretary Arne Duncan: “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” by Dr. Seuss.

Rep. James P. Moran, Virginia Democrat: “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Seuss.

Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell: “My Antonia” by Willa Cather and “Return to Paradise” by James Michener.

Stephanie Green

Imus’ announcement

Radio personality Don Imus announced Monday on his morning show from New York that he has stage two prostate cancer but expressed confidence in a full recovery.

Mr. Imus, 68, said he wrestled with the idea of making his illness public but figured he should because he might have to miss some work because of treatment, Associated Press reports.

“I’m changing the name of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids With Cancer to the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids With Cancer and Me,” he said, referring to his charity to help children with cancer. In prostate cancer stage two, there is no evidence that the cancer has spread outside the prostate to other organs.

Twins for Sheens

Brooke Mueller, the third wife of “Two and a Half Men” star Charlie Sheen, has given birth to twin boys, People magazine reported Sunday.

The babies, Max and Bob, were born late Saturday, the celebrity magazine said on its Web site. Although premature, the twins were “doing great,” Mr. Sheen’s publicist told People, according to AP.

Mr. Sheen, 43, is the father of five. He has two daughters with former “James Bond girl” Denise Richards, whom he divorced in 2006 after a four-year marriage, and he has a 23-year-old daughter from a previous relationship.

Misunderstood

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Monday quashed an arrest warrant issued Friday for 22-year-old “Mean Girls” star Lindsay Lohan.

Judge Marsha N. Revel told Miss Lohan’s attorney that the actress has been complying with the terms of her probation but needs to show her treatment program better documentation to avoid future court problems. The judge also noted that Miss Lohan has not failed any drug or alcohol tests, AP says.

Miss Lohan pleaded guilty in 2007 to two misdemeanor counts of being under the influence of cocaine, no contest to two counts of driving with a blood alcohol level above 0.08 percent and one count of reckless driving. She spent 84 minutes in jail and had to perform community service and undergo drug-rehabilitation treatment.

Rothbury revealed

Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and surviving members of the Grateful Dead are scheduled to perform at the July 2 through 5 Rothbury music festival in Michigan.

Organizers of the second annual festival at the Double JJ Ranch and Resort in Rothbury, say the Black Crowes, Damian Marley, Nas, Ralph Stanley and Ani DiFranco also will perform. Sixty-six acts are listed on the festival’s Web site. About 40,000 people attended last year’s festival, AP says.

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