- The Washington Times - Monday, March 28, 2005

Alive and kicking

The alt-rock radio station WHFS recently moved to Baltimore’s 105.7 FM, and now the legendary HFStival is following suit.

The 2005 HFStival will be staged at Baltimore’s M&T; Bank Stadium on May 14, Robert Philips, senior vice president of Infinity Radio/Baltimore, announced yesterday.

The popular event has traditionally been the property of the District, save for one year (1999) in the last 16. This year’s lineup boasts more than 25 acts, including Foo Fighters Coldplay, Good Charlotte, Billy Idol, Interpol and Echo and the Bunnymen.

Tickets for the HFStival go on sale Saturday at noon.

Pryor offenses

Richard Pryor’s daughter is offering a peek at what it was like to grow up with her famous father.

In her show “Fried Chicken & Latkes,” Rain Pryor discusses seeing cocaine, prostitutes and affluence while visiting her dad. She narrates her story, acts out the parts of other people and sings a few songs.

“My dad has always been one to put his life right out there for you to look at. I took that approach because I saw how well audiences respond to it. I try to make you laugh at life,” she told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The show is playing at Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center Thursday through Saturday.

Miss Pryor is the child of a brief marriage between the comedian and a Jewish woman, Shelley Bonus, who was an aspiring actress working as a go-go dancer when she met Mr. Pryor in the late 1960s.

Shifting Geres

Expecting no more than light banter about ballroom dancing, reporters in Tokyo were startled when actor Richard Gere assailed European plans to lift an arms embargo against China.

While promoting his new film “Shall We Dance?,” in which he co-stars with Jennifer Lopez, Mr. Gere grabbed a microphone to denounce plans by the European Union to lift the embargo imposed after China’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests in 1989, Reuters News Agency reports.

“I so agree with your prime minister (Junichiro Koizumi) that the European Union should not remove the ban against selling arms to China,” he said. “I agree with him totally.”

“They should not be rewarded for this anti-secession legislation that’s in now,” Mr. Gere added, referring to a new Chinese law that sanctions the use of force against Taiwan.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff and wire reports.

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