- The Washington Times - Monday, June 22, 2009

Macca returns

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. for Paul McCartney’s upcoming concert at the 91,000-seat FedEx Field in Landover.

The rock legend and former Beatle, who turned 67 on Thursday, takes the stage Aug. 1, and the concert will proceed rain or shine, organizers said.

This concert event at FedEx Field marks the latest in a series of landmark performances that link Mr. McCartney to the District, beginning with the Beatles’ first U.S. concert at the Washington Coliseum in 1964.

Stalker sentenced

A man convicted of stalking Tyra Banks has been sentenced to a year’s probation and ordered to complete a treatment program for stalkers.

Brady Green also must stay away from the supermodel-turned-TV host for the next two years under an order of protection.

Manhattan Criminal Court Judge James Burke warned Mr. Green, 39, that he would face 90 days in jail if he disobeys any of the orders.

Mr. Green was convicted in April of stalking Miss Banks from California to New York — calling her offices, showing up at her TV studios and sending her flowers.

Police say when Mr. Green was arrested March 18, 2008, at a restaurant near Miss Banks’ Manhattan studio, he told officers they “had a thing together.”

Classical victory

An American soprano and a Ukrainian pianist have won top honors at a competition that combines elements of “American Idol” and classical music.

Leah Crocetto, a 29-year-old first-year fellow with the San Francisco Opera, won the $50,000 first prize in the vocal portion of the third annual Jose Iturbi International Music Competition at the University of California, Los Angeles.

She also received two separate $3,000 prizes, including the people’s choice award for the weeklong competition, whose $252,000 in prizes also were announced during the weekend, Associated Press reports.

Dmitri Levkovich, a pianist from Ukraine, also 29, won the $50,000 first prize in the piano competition. He also won a separate $3,000 award known as the Spanish prize.

Help for working girls

Michelle Pfeiffer and Kathy Bates, who play French courtesans in the new film “Cheri,” think it may be time for America to legalize prostitution.

“There is an argument to be made for providing some protection for [prostitutes],” Miss Pfeiffer told the New York Daily News at the Cinema Society and Noilly Prat screening of her film, which opens nationwide Friday.

“It would solve a lot of problems for them. They’re going to do it anyway.”

Miss Bates agreed. “For health reasons, it would be better for people to enjoy those pleasures,” the Oscar winner said.

Teaming for ‘Mission’

Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams have chosen to accept another impossible mission, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Cruise and Mr. Abrams have signed on to produce a fourth installment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise for Paramount. Mr. Abrams directed Mr. Cruise’s last outing as covert operative Ethan Hunt in 2006’s “Mission: Impossible III.”

Star couple splits

Actor Bradley Whitford and his wife, actress Jane Kaczmarek, filed divorce papers Friday in Los Angeles, People.com reports.

“He hopes the media will respect their wish for privacy as they focus on their children,” a representative for Mr. Whitford said.

The former “West Wing” star and Miss Kaczmarek, star of “Malcolm in the Middle,” were married in 1992, They have three children, Frances Genevieve, 12, George Edward, 9, and Mary Louisa, 6.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from staff, Web and wire reports

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