- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 31, 2005

End Game

The rapper Game says he was kicked out of a major fashion convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday because organizers thought he was involved in the shooting of Suge Knight and feared retaliation.

The best-selling rapper was scheduled to showcase his upcoming line of sneakers, Hurricane by 310, at the Magic Marketplace at the Las Vegas Convention Center. However, Game says after he arrived, he was told he was no longer welcome because of the shooting of rap mogul Mr. Knight on Saturday in Miami, the night before the MTV Video Music Awards.

“They had a lot of state police exit us right out of the building,” Game (real name Jayceon Terrell Taylor) tells Associated Press. “They were scared there was going to be some drama, but I don’t know why they would be scared because I had nothing to do with [the shooting].”

A spokeswoman for the firm representing the fashion convention said she was unaware of the incident and was seeking more information.

Saving CBGB

The lease at CBGB’s, the Bowery’s venerable punk club, expired at midnight, but supporters of the venue wouldn’t surrender without a fight.

A Washington Square Park rally, hosted yesterday by E Street rocker and “Sopranos” star Steven Van Zandt, aimed to put public pressure on CBGB’s landlord, the Bowery Residents’ Committee — an agency that aids the homeless — to sign a new deal. The two sides haven’t spoken in weeks, and no last-minute talks were scheduled before or after the rally, according to Associated Press.

A frustrated Mr. Van Zandt blasted BRC executive Muzzy Rosenblatt: “We’re trying to take the high road. But it’s quite obvious now that Muzzy’s not rational, not reasonable. If he has the same compassion for the homeless as he does for the city of New York, I’ve got to be concerned.”

Said Mr. Rosenblatt: “I’ll do what is in the best interest of the BRC and the people it serves to make sure the property is used responsibly.”

On Tuesday, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said the city would try to help CBGB’s relocate if a new lease agreement doesn’t happen. The mayor held up a black T-shirt that read, “SAVE CBGB.”

“CBGB’s is a great New York institution,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “It’s more than, you know, another club. … If the owner of the building they are in cannot be convinced to come to an agreement with them, then we’ll help them do something else.”

Don’t go West

Kanye West has filed a lawsuit to stop a Chicago DJ from releasing master tapes the rapper recorded as a teenager in 1995.

The suit filed this week in U.S. District Court in Chicago claims that Eric “E-Smoove” Miller and his Focus Music Group used a forged recording agreement in an attempt to land distribution deals for nine unreleased tracks written and performed by Mr. West, according to Billboard magazine.

Boss 101

Up to 500 people are expected to attend a three-day “Glory Days” symposium on the life and works of Bruce Springsteen.

More than 150 academic papers will be presented at the conference, which begins Sept. 9 at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, N.J.

According to the BBC, discussions will include “A Marxist Perspective on ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’” and “The Boss and the Bible.”

Organizer Kenneth Womack says Mr. Springsteen merits such attention because “he was always shooting for something higher.”

Angry locals

Residents of Budapest are none too happy about the disruptions caused by Steven Spielberg’s latest production, “Munich.”

Among the annoyances: car-towings, traffic jams and bossy warnings against taking pictures.

A history buff tells the New York Post: “The best part is [Mr. Spielberg’s people] keep saying, ‘This is the biggest thing ever to happen to Budapest,’ which is true if you discount the whole Roman and Ottoman empires, World Wars I and II, the fall of communism and the European Union’s accession.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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