- - Monday, October 24, 2011

Janet Jackson reschedules tour to be with family

Janet Jackson is rescheduling part of her Australian tour so she can support her family during the trial of the doctor accused of involuntary manslaughter in her brother Michael’s death, according to the Associated Press.

Dr. Conrad Murray is on trial in Los Angeles. He is accused of being negligent in his care of the superstar, who died in 2009 at age 50 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol.

The prosecution is wrapping up its case this week, and the defense is about to present its case. The Jacksons have made regular appearances at the trial; Janet Jackson was there at the beginning.

“When I planned these shows, the schedule in California was completely different,” she said in a Sunday statement to the Associated Press. “After talking with my family last night, I decided we must be together right now. … This saddens me in so many ways.”

The shows for her “Number Ones” tour were scheduled in Melbourne on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. To make them up, she will perform one night, on Nov. 3, in Rod Laver Arena. She thanked her fans for their support and understanding.

Miss Jackson also has the support of her promoter.

“It is important that Janet is with her family at this critical point in the hearing. While Janet and our company apologize for any inconvenience for the reschedule of the Melbourne shows, we thank Janet for the great and successful concerts in Perth and Adelaide and eagerly await her return. … Our thoughts and prayers are with Janet and the entire Jackson family,” promoter Paul Dainty said.

Taiwanese art museum plans exhibit by Ai Weiwei

An art museum in Taiwan is planning an exhibition by outspoken Chinese artist Ai Weiwei starting this week.

The Taipei Fine Arts Museum said Mr. Ai would not attend but did not say why.

Mr. Ai was detained in April during China’s sweeping crackdown on activists. He was released in June but remains under investigation for economic crimes and must ask for permission to leave Beijing.

The exhibit of 21 works will include photography, 12 bronze heads representing the Chinese zodiac and a new piece consisting of some 1,000 bicycles reflecting China’s social changes.

The exhibit starts Saturday runs through Jan. 29.

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