- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Actress sued

Eurweb.com

An 89-year-old woman who was hit by a sport utility vehicle driven by Robin Givens has filed a civil lawsuit against the actress in Miami.

Maria Antonia Alcover, a Cuban immigrant who came to the United States in 1963, is in a nursing home recovering from the accident, which happened five months ago in the crosswalk of a city street at rush hour. Miss Alcover’s lawyer says it’s not clear whether his client will ever walk again.

Miss Givens once was married to former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson.

Ailing Levine out

Associated Press

The Munich Philharmonic’s outgoing musical director, James Levine, pulled out of a tour with the orchestra this month because of back pain.

Mr. Levine, who has held the Munich post since 1999 and will hand responsibility to Christian Thielemann this fall, withdrew from four concerts in Munich earlier this month and from the subsequent tour, during which the orchestra is traveling to Madrid, Lisbon and Hamburg among other destinations.

However, most of the concerts are going ahead with Andrey Boreyko as conductor, and Mr. Levine plans to conduct several concerts in Munich next month, spokesman Matthias Claudi said yesterday.

Mr. Levine, also the artistic director of the Metropolitan Opera, is to become music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the 2004-05 season.

On the road again

Associated Press

Bob Dylan will tour minor-league ballparks across the country this summer, beginning Aug. 6 in Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Willie Nelson and the Hot Club of Cowtown will join Mr. Dylan on the 22-date concert tour, which is scheduled to run through Sept. 4, Columbia Records announced Monday.

Mr. Dylan, who last performed in the Washington area in April, will play two Maryland venues on the current tour — Ripkin Stadium in Aberdeen Aug. 12; and Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury Aug. 14, according to the Web site my.nme.com. He also will perform in Richmond Aug. 15 at the Diamond.

Other tour locations include stops in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Kansas, Associated Press reports.

Tour kaput

MTV.com

Just as Bob Dylan’s tour is taking flight comes word that another performance road trip, Lollapalooza, has been canceled three weeks before its kickoff.

Organizers yesterday cited poor ticket sales as the reason the 31-date, 16-city trek was scrapped. This year’s lineup was set to include Morrissey, Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey, the Flaming Lips and the String Cheese Incident.

The tour was to stop July 12 and 13 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Md.

All money from ticket purchases will be refunded.

Love hurts

Associated Press

Halfway through his third song at a Norwegian music festival, an object came flying out of the crowd and hit David Bowie in the eye.

It was a lollipop, probably sent as a message of adoration because Norwegians call the hard candy “love on a stick.”

Mr. Bowie wasn’t seriously injured at Friday’s Norwegian Wood Festival in Oslo. He backed off the runway, hunched over and was assisted by his set crew.

Within moments, he was facing the crowd of 7,500. Swearing at the unknown culprit, Mr. Bowie said he only had one good eye. The other eye was damaged in a childhood fight.

“Lucky you hit the bad one,” Mr. Bowie said, demanding to know who had thrown the lollipop. No one standing in the cold and drizzle came forward.

Mr. Bowie grumbled about the person or persons responsible hiding in the crowd. Then, regaining his composure and sense of humor, the 57-year-old singer said he was going to punish the audience by making the concert extra-long.

Later, during what the Norwegian media called one of his best concerts ever, Mr. Bowie continued to joke about the incident. He threw one of his guitar picks into the crowd, then asked if he had hit someone in the eye.

Norwegian newspapers tracked down a young woman who claimed to be behind the mishap. They didn’t publish her name but said she claimed it was an accident.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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