- The Washington Times - Monday, June 27, 2005

Short shrift

Peter Gabriel says impresario Bob Geldof unwisely sidelined African acts in the rush to secure the biggest names in rock for the upcoming Live 8 concerts.

“I did speak to ‘Chairman Bob’ at some length about what would have been our preferred way of doing this,” Mr. Gabriel told Reuters News Agency yesterday.

“His belief is that any artist unfamiliar to an audience in remote regions of the Arctic, China or wherever they come from is going to channel-hop. I fully understand that, but I don’t agree with it.”

The former Genesis singer will hold a concert July 2 in southwestern England for African artists to coincide with the eight main gigs Mr. Geldof has lined up across the globe to pressure world leaders into doing more to alleviate poverty, especially in Africa.

Presidential ‘Dreams’

Pop-rock duo Daryl Hall and John Oates know all about the rumor that President Bush has their song “Make My Dreams Come True” on his IPod.

They had this to say in an interview on XM Satellite Radio last night:

Mr. Oates: “Yeah, that story has certainly circulated, hasn’t it?”

Mr. Hall: “Hope he paid for it.”

Mr. Oates: “He will pay someday.”

Tuneful tribute

Singers Lee Greenwood and Crystal Gale, plus former Sen. Robert Dole, Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin and others will be at the Women in Military Service to America Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery tonightfor the release of “Salute!: The World War II Tribute Album.”

The CD, out today on Curb Records, features Mr. Greenwood, Miss Gale and other singers, including LeAnn Rimes and Kenny Rogers, singing popular songs from the 1930s and ‘40s.

Hair envy

Before you read the next sentence, remember we’re talking about hair, not the brains beneath the hair.

According to a new In Touch magazine poll, Jessica Simpson has the hairstyle most women want.

Miss Simpson won out over former “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba of “Sin City” and actress Angelina Jolie, who placed second, third and fourth, respectively.

The rest of the Top 10 vote-getters were, in order: “Desperate Housewives” stars Eva Longoria and Marcia Cross; “Simple Life” star Nicole Richie; Mischa Barton of “The O.C.”; Oprah Winfrey; and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Sketchy affair

A former mistress of Pablo Picasso’s was selling 20 of his sketches, believed to be worth up to $2.4 million, at a Paris auction yesterday.

Genevieve Laporte had a two-year affair with the artist in the 1950s, when she was in her 20s.

Now 79, she told Associated Press earlier this month that she kept the sketches Mr. Picasso gave her in a safe because she was worried about thieves. Now she wants to part with them.

“I’m at the end of my road,” she said.

Art-house George

Hollywood celebrated George Clooney with a career retrospective focusing less on his own work than on his support of emerging filmmakers and art-house cinema.

Among those cheering him at the Los Angeles Film Festival Saturday night were “Ocean’s Eleven” co-star and Oscar nominee Don Cheadle, Oscar nominees Virginia Madsen and Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Emmy winner Allison Janney, according to AP.

Mr. Clooney said that literally lying low following recent back surgery has kept him out of the tabloids. His name surfaced recently, however, with news that he and English model Lisa Snowdon had ended their on-again off-again relationship. Mr. Clooney arrived at Saturday’s event with actor Sam Rockwell.

“I’ve got to tell you something,” Mr. Clooney said. “He’s one of the worst dates I’ve ever had.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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