- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Rockers get scared

The Waldorf, Md.-born pop-punkers of Good Charlotte were sufficiently spooked by warnings of a terrorist attack in Indonesia to bag their July 14 concert there.

“They have cancelled the concert because of the travel warning,” a concert promoter told Agence France-Presse yesterday.

Good Charlotte was scheduled to perform in Jakarta.

The cancellation comes after the United States and Australia warned earlier this month that militants were planning bomb attacks against hotels in Indonesia frequented by foreigners.

Bowing out

Believe this one, and we’ve got some beachfront property we want to sell you in Nebraska.

Paris Hilton says she plans to give up public life for family life. The 24-year-old hotel heiress and star of “The Simple Life” reality series tells Newsweek magazine that when she was younger, “I thought it was cute to play a dumb blonde.”

“On TV, I do it because it’s funny,” she said. “I consider myself a businesswoman and a brand.”

But, like Augustine asking God to give him virtue, Miss Hilton says not yet: She plans to stay in the public eye for another two years, after which she hopes to become a mother with Paris Latsis, now her fiance.

“I don’t enjoy going out anymore,” she told the magazine. “I can’t believe I used to love doing this.”

Miss Hilton and her mother, Kathy, were the grand marshals Sunday at the Los Angeles Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Parade

According to Associated Press, Kathy wore a large white hat; Paris wore a tiara.

Wilde and free

Keith Baxter, director of Shakespeare Theatre’s production of “Lady Windermere’s Fan,” says he had no qualms about adding a line to Oscar Wilde’s well-scripted play, which continues through July 31 with Dixie Carter in the lead.

He apparently wanted to up the ante for Washington audiences by having the character Cecil Graham (portrayed by Gregory Wooddell) say that someone “talks like a liberal and thinks like a conservative.”

During a dinner preceding Monday’s opening, Mr. Baxter told The Washington Times’ Ann Geracimos that he took the line from a pamphlet written by the Irish-born author and playwright.

Buffett gets Sirius

Sirius Satellite Radio will debut the new commercial-free music channel Radio Margaritaville tonight with a special live broadcast of Jimmy Buffett’s performance at Nissan Pavilion.

The channel, a revamped version of an Internet-only radio station dedicated to Mr. Buffett’s song catalog, will launch with a pre-show broadcast at 7:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 8.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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