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Rock stars Bono, the Edge, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Yoko Ono Lennon have covered the cost of a tapestry that will be unveiled next month to honor Vaclav Havel at Prague’s international airport, which has been renamed to honor the late Czech president.
The airport said the tapestry, which has been designed by the Czech-born New York-based artist Petr Sis, will be unveiled at a ceremony on Dec. 9, according to The Associated Press.
The musicians donated a total of $76,000 to cover the project proposed by Bill Shipsey, the founder of Art for Amnesty, a project of artists supporting Amnesty International.
Havel was the dissident playwright who led the 1989 revolution that toppled four decades of communist rule before becoming the country’s president.
He died in December 2011 at age 75.
R. Kelly’s ‘Trapped’ series being prepped for Broadway
Is Broadway ready for Twan, Sylvester, Pimp Lucius and “the package”? R. Kelly thinks so — and said he’s working to bring the wacky characters and plot lines in his even wackier “Trapped in the Closet” series to the Great White Way.
The superstar announced on Monday night that he’s had an offer to bring the cult classic to the stage, and he may even be in some performances, The Associated Press reports.
“To transform it into a Broadway version, that’s what I’m working on,” he told a packed house at the Sunshine Theater, where he unveiled the latest chapters in “Trapped in the Closet,” which will debut on the IFC on Friday.
Mr. Kelly gave no other details about a possible Broadway adaptation of the wildly popular video opera. It got its start from a stirring series of songs Mr. Kelly debuted in 2005, which ended with a cliffhanger. The songs captured so much attention, he made an over-the-top video series about it that just got crazier and crazier as he added more chapters.
Mr. Kelly has often referred to “Trapped” as an alien, and on Monday, he said: “I’m glad to be one of the astronauts to take this thing to the unknown.”
He thanked the enthusiastic crowd for accepting the series, and admitted that he always wanted to act: “Somehow, I landed ‘Trapped in the Closet’ from being silly.”
He also joked about the ridiculous nature of the series.
“I’m just having a lot of fun. I don’t have a job so I sit in the studio all day and think of stuff to do and this is just something stupid I’ve done that’s been successful for me,” he said. “I’m having a lot of fun with it.”
The latest chapters introduce a few new faces, and like the others series, ends with a cliffhanger. While it’s taken Mr. Kelly five years to add these latest chapters to the series, he said he won’t take as long to produce more.
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