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Taking Names: Chef Jose Andres to teach at George Washington U

- - Monday, October 29, 2012

Acclaimed Spanish chef Jose Andres is heading back to the classroom.

Mr. Andres, who has popularized tapas — small plates — at his Washington-area eateries, including Jaleo and Oyamel, will teach his first course at George Washington University next year. The school was to announce Monday that Mr. Andres would teach a course on how food shapes civilization.

The weekly class is open to 230 students. Topics will include the politics and history of food, hunger and obesity, and food's relationship with national security.

Mr. Andres said eating is one thing everyone has in common. He says food connects with science, art, energy, economics, health, diplomacy and other parts of society.

The chef has taught at Harvard and has said he wants to create a research center on food policy that could level the playing field with agribusiness lobbyists.

Green Day cancels shows through early 2013

Green Day is canceling the rest of its 2012 club schedule and is postponing the start of the 2013 arena tour.

Bass player Mike Dirnt said Billie Joe Armstrong's "well-being is our main concern" in the band's decision to clear the schedule through Feb 8.

Mr. Dirnt said in a statement Monday that Mr. Armstrong is doing well in his attempt to shake substance-abuse problems that emerged publicly in September, when the singer-guitarist had a profane meltdown on the stage of the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.

The Grammy-winning punks also moved up the release date of "Tre," the third installment in a trilogy of albums released over a period of months. The album will be released Dec. 11, more than a month ahead of schedule.

Madonna's Obama plug draws boos in New Orleans

Madonna drew boos and triggered a walkout by several concertgoers after she touted President Obama on her MDNA Tour in New Orleans.

The Material Girl asked during Saturday night's performance: "Who's registered to vote?" She added: "I don't care who you vote for as long as you vote for Obama." Drawing boos in touting Mr. Obama over Republican Mitt Romney, Madonna followed: "Seriously, I don't care who you vote for. Do not take this privilege for granted. Go vote."

Madonna is often outspoken. Some Colorado fans, mindful of a mass shooting there in July, complained after she used a fake gun to shoot a masked gunman in a recent concert in Denver.

A Madonna concert in Paris in July drew ire when a video showed a swastika on a politician's forehead.

Trespasser at Cruise home actually a drunk neighbor

Authorities say a security guard at Tom Cruise's Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion used a stun gun on a trespasser who turned out to be an intoxicated neighbor who may have entered the property mistakenly.

Police said 41-year-old Jason Sullivan was shot with a stun gun at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday at the home on Calle Vista Drive. He was treated at a hospital and arrested on suspicion of trespassing.

Police said neither Mr. Cruise nor his family were at the home when a guard saw a man climbing a fence to get onto the grounds. A guard shocked the man and held him for police.

It wasn't immediately known if Mr. Sullivan has an attorney.

Toby Keith plans restaurant near Steelers' stadium

Country singer Toby Keith is planning to put his money where other Pittsburgh Steelers fans' mouths are: In a restaurant near the team's home stadium, Heinz Field.

Columbus, Ohio-based Continental Real Estate Cos. said Mr. Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill will be located in a building planned near the stadium. Mr. Keith is known to be a fan of the team.

The Southern-style sports bar would open in 2014 and feature live entertainment, including up-and-coming country acts.

Mr. Keith's restaurant chain started in his native state of Oklahoma and is named for his 2003 hit "I Love This Bar."

The restaurant is expected to cater to Steelers fans as well as those attending baseball games at PNC Park and concerts at the Stage AE music venue, which also are nearby.

Hulk Hogan settles suit over sex tape

Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan has settled a lawsuit with a disc jockey over a sex tape involving Mr. Hogan and the DJ's wife.

A statement by Mr. Hogan's publicist on Monday said the terms of the settlement are confidential.

Mr. Hogan said in a lawsuit earlier this month that he had consensual sex with his best friend's wife, Heather Clem, six years ago in the Clems' home, but he didn't know he was being videotaped.

The disc jockey, Bubba "the Love Sponge" Clem, apologized to Mr. Hogan on Monday. Mr. Clem also said he is convinced Mr. Hogan was unaware he was being filmed.

A lawsuit is still pending against the gossip website Gawker, which put excerpts of the video on its site.

Compiled from Web and wire reports