- The Washington Times - Monday, October 10, 2005

Ono sideswipe

Yoko Ono appeared to make vaguely disparaging remarks about Paul McCartney while accepting an award on behalf of John Lennon last night.

Miss Ono said her late husband sometimes felt insecure about his songs, asking why “they always cover Paul’s songs and never mine,” according to AP.

“I said, ‘You’re a good songwriter; it’s not June with spoon that you write. You’re a good singer, and most musicians are probably a little bit nervous about covering your songs,’” she said yesterday during an awards show sponsored by British magazine Q.

Stinging tart

Vogue magazine won’t run anti-fur ads. Consequently, Anna Wintour ended up wearing tofu.

Miss Wintour, the magazine’s editor in chief, was hit with a tofu pie by anti-fur demonstrators as she attended Paris fashion week.

Dan Mathews, vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, told Associated Press that the vegetarian tofu tart was retaliation for Vogue’s decision to run fur ads while refusing to use PETA’s anti-fur messages.

The animal rights group offered to pay the same fee, Mr. Mathews said.

Miss Wintour, editor of the U.S. edition of Vogue, was hit with the tart as she waited to see the Chloe fashion show Saturday. It was the second time in a year that PETA has hit her with a pie.

Paint it black

When avant-garde rock star David Byrne says he intends to “play a factory,” he doesn’t mean performing in a building — he intends to play the building.

The ex-Talking Head has turned an old paint factory in Stockholm into a giant musical instrument, constructed around an old wooden pump organ with its insides ripped out and replaced with wires and pipes.

“The public can just come in and sit down and play what they like,” he told Reuters news agency last weekend as the installation at “Fargfabriken” (“The Paint Factory”) was being set up.

The factory will be open until mid-November.

Life support

Eviction notice? What eviction notice?

The one that the owners of legendary New York rock club CBGB was recently served with. The one that the venue’s most ardent defender says there’s still time to overturn.

“As that great protest singer Yogi Berra once sang,’CBGB ain’t over till it’s over,’” Steven Van Zandt writes in an editorial that appears in the current issue of Billboard magazine. Mr. Van Zandt asks the music industry’s artists and executives to take his side in what is at heart — a real estate dispute. “One landlord should not be able to take on the entire city, the city’s best interests and the entire rock ‘n’ roll industry, and win,” Mr. Van Zandt writes, referring to Muzzy Rosenblatt, executive director of Bowery Residents’ Committee, which owns the building that houses CBGB.

“And right now, he is winning.”

Brotherly love

Gwyneth Paltrow has signed on for the leading role in “The Good Night,” a romantic comedy to be directed by her brother, Jake Paltrow.

According to Daily Variety, production on the $15 million film, in which British actors Martin Freeman and Simon Pegg will also star, is scheduled to begin next month in New York and at London’s Ealing Studios.

Fire in the hole

First, the good news: “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” is the No. 1 movie in America.

Now the bad: The Bristol, England studio where the animated characters were created was gutted in a fire yesterday, along with a priceless array of props, models and sets.

Aardman Animation had just received the good news when the fire was reported.

“Today was supposed to be a day of celebration, with the news that Wallace & Gromit had gone in at number one at the U.S. box office, but instead our whole history has been wiped out,” said Aardman spokesman Arthur Sheriff.

“It’s turned out to be a terrible day.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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