- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 28, 2004

Mum about Michael

New York Post

Janet Jackson will talk about her infamous Super Bowl halftime show antics, but lawyers for brother Michael have told her not to say anything about his child molestation case. This could be frustrating for Diane Sawyer, who is interviewing Miss Jackson Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” prior to her performance in New York’s Battery Park.

“When the time comes, we will ask the questions we believe need to be asked,” a rep for “GMA” told the New York Post.

Miss Sawyer, meanwhile can breathe easy — no one will scoop her exclusive. While press is allowed at Miss Jackson’s album release party tonight, “she isn’t doing any interviews,” her spokesperson said.

The album, titled “Damita Jo” (Miss Jackson’s middle name) arrives in stores tomorrow.

Redgrave at KenCen

Award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company after 40 years to perform the title role in Euripides’ “Hecuba” next year.

The production will run at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon from February 2005 before transferring to London in the spring. It will then play at the Kennedy Center as part of its 2005 season.

Euripides’ tragedy of Hecuba, Queen of Troy and her family during the Trojan War will be directed by RSC Associate Director Laurence Boswell. Mr. Boswell previously directed “Hecuba” at The Gate Theatre in 1992 where he was artistic director.

Miss Redgrave’s last RSC performance was as Imogen in “Cymbeline” in 1962. She returns to the company in the same year her brother Corin plays the title role in Bill Alexander’s production of “King Lear.”

Historian speaks

Doris Kearns Goodwin, acclaimed journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, will deliver this year’s Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy before a sold-out audience tonight at the Kennedy Center.

Miss Goodwin is a commentator for NBC, as well as a consultant and commentator for PBS documentaries, and has written numerous articles for leading national publications. Her best-selling books include: “Lyndon Johnson & The American Dream,” “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys;” “No Ordinary Time: Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt: The American Home Front During World War II,” for which she won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize; and “Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir.”

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, a longtime supporter of the arts and friend of Miss Goodwin, will introduce her, and the Martha Graham Dance Company will perform.

Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, and board chairman Steven D. Spiess will offer brief remarks.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and a reception follows.

Day’s bad day

Associated Press

Singer Howie Day was arrested for apparently locking a woman in a bathroom and breaking another woman’s cell phone after one of the women allegedly refused his sexual advances.

Mr. Day, 23, who opened for the band Barenaked Ladies at a concert Wednesday, was charged Friday with misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct in connection with the post-concert incident on his tour bus. He was released from jail after posting $850 bail and is scheduled for a court appearance Thursday.

According to a criminal complaint, Mr. Day allegedly locked a woman in a bathroom on the tour bus after she refused his sexual advance. He then broke the cell phone of another woman trying to call police.

“That was probably wrong of me,” Mr. Day told police of breaking the phone. “But I felt violated.”

The singer-songwriter has received critical acclaim with his 2003 album “Stop All the World Now.”

On the road again

Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, Michael Anthony, and Sammy Hagar have reunited — a historic turn that marks Van Halen’s first concert tour in more than nine years.

The group will kick-off the sojourn June 11 in Greensboro, N.C. Tickets will go on sale for select concerts of the nationwide tour beginning Saturday.

The Grammy-winning band, which to date has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, will play the District’s MCI Center on June 25. Other tour stops include Philadelphia, Hershey, Pa.; Detroit, Kansas City and St. Paul, Minn. Additional concerts will be announced shortly through the band’s Web site, www.van-halen.com.

The tour will coincide with the release of “It’s About Time,” a newly recorded Van Halen track from the upcoming, “best of” Van Halen album scheduled to hit CD bins in June.

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

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