- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Kudos for Tina

Tina Fey is the entertainer of the year? You betcha.

Miss Fey was voted Associated Press’ Entertainer of the Year, an honor chosen by newspaper editors and broadcast producers across the country. The comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member — whose spot-on impression of Alaska Gov. and Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin helped boost the ratings of NBC’s “SNL” — was selected by members of the news cooperative as the performer who had the greatest impact on culture and entertainment in 2008.

The 38-year-old Miss Fey bested runner-up Robert Downey Jr., whose comeback was capped with the blockbuster smash “Iron Man,” and the third-place vote-getter, Heath Ledger, who posthumously wowed audiences as the Joker in “The Dark Knight.”

Miss Fey also starred for the first time on the big screen in “Baby Mama” (which grossed $60 million at the box office) and won three Emmys for her critically lauded NBC sitcom “30 Rock,” which she created, stars in and writes.

A change for the Zenith

The Zenith Gallery will vacate its storefront at 413 Seventh St. NW at the end of February when its lease expires, gallery officials said Tuesday. After 22 years at that location, it eventually will move to space in a luxury hotel being planned for the Arts, a multiuse complex to be built at Fifth and I streets Northwest in the District’s Mount Vernon neighborhood.

“It’s time for a change and a new phase,” says gallery owner Margery E. Goldberg. “We’ll have more time to focus on the Zenith Community Arts Foundation, a nonprofit I started eight years ago to express my activism and to initiate arts projects that are aimed at positive change in the world rather than our bottom line.”

The Zenith closes on Feb. 28 with a grand finale sale of works by gallery artists.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse and Deborah K. Dietsch from staff, Web and wire reports

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