- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Star search

Canadian Press

If Joss Stone is so inclined, here’s a contest she probably could win.

Janis Joplin’s estate has announced “Search for the Pearl,” a reality-TV talent search to find the “next” Miss Joplin, who died in 1970 at age 27. The estate also announced that Miss Joplin’s life will be the subject of a biopic starring pop singer Pink and directed by Penelope Spheeris, whose past projects include “Wayne’s World” and “The Beverly Hillbillies” movie.

Miss Stone, 17, sang “Cry Baby,” then teamed with Melissa Etheridge’s vocals and driving guitar on “Piece of My Heart” in a gritty tribute to Miss Joplin (whose nickname was “Pearl”) that electrified the audience during Sunday’s Grammy Awards telecast.

According to a statement released by Miss Joplin’s estate, auditions for vocalists who can re-create the late rock star’s raspy singing style will be held in cities nationwide. Five finalists will be flown to San Francisco to perform for a panel of judges. The winner will then headline a world concert tour, performing with bands that played with Miss Joplin, including Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Kozmic Blues Band and Full Tilt Boogie Band. The tour will culminate in a star-studded tribute concert in 2006.

“Search for the Pearl” will premiere sometime this year, but there’s no word on which network might air the show.

On the road again

Associated Press

John Mellencamp will bring his “Words & Music” to cities nationwide this spring on his first headlining tour in three years.

Sixteen stops have been announced for the first leg of the tour, which opens in Savannah, Ga., March 23 and ends April 17 in Louisville, Ky. The tour is dubbed the Words & Music Tour after Mr. Mellencamp’s recently released double-CD greatest-hits collection.

“Jack & Diane,” “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” and “Small Town” are among the songs Mr. Mellencamp will perform.

“Going out and playing is a great way for me to keep these songs alive; it’s what I’ve done for my whole professional life,” the 53-year-old rocker said in a statement released Monday.

The top ticket price will be $45 for all dates in March and April.

Folk-rocker Donovan, known for hits such as “Sunshine Superman” and “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” is the featured guest artist.

A winner in love

Associated Press

“American Idol” runner-up Kimberley Locke is a winner when it comes to love.

Miss Locke, who competed in season two of Fox’s TV talent contest, said she’s engaged to marry her high school sweetheart, Don Campbell. The singer made the announcement during a segment that aired last night on the syndicated entertainment show “Extra.”

Miss Locke, 27, and Mr. Campbell have dated off and on for 10 years. They plan to live in Los Angeles but have not set a wedding date.

Miss Locke, who last year had a hit single, “8th World Wonder,” is working on a new album, due out by year’s end.

Making the list


For Meryl Streep and Yoko Ono, it’s recognition at last. For J.K. Rowling and Condoleezza Rice, it’s time to join the front ranks.

The latest update of the authoritative Dictionary of Women’s Biography gives an intriguing glimpse into how female high achievers have fought for recognition in a man’s world over the past five years.

From pilots to poisoners and queens to cooks, more than 2,000 women are listed in a book that gave authors Maggy Hendry and Jenny Uglow a chance to rectify some glaring omissions. The dictionary also includes a few infamous entries ” including 18th-century French political assassin Charlotte Corday and Lorena Bobbitt, the Manassas housewife who in 1993 performed a home penectomy on her husband with a kitchen knife.

“Yoko Ono was a conceptual artist in her own right, but that got lost when she was blamed for the breakup of the Beatles,” Miss Hendry said.

In the dictionary’s first update in five years, Hollywood veteran Miss Streep makes her debut, as does sitcom pioneer Lucille Ball, the first woman to own her own TV production company.

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

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