- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 16, 2009

He’s in the money

Prince Harry has turned 25, making the eligible bachelor entitled to part of his inheritance from his mother, Princess Diana.

The prince, the younger son of Prince Charles and the late Diana, was spending his birthday by continuing his pilot training in the Royal Air Force on Monday.

Harry and his brother Prince William were left equal shares of their mother’s estate following her death in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

With inheritance tax deducted, the estate was valued at nearly 13 million pounds 12 years ago, but its present value has not been disclosed. In today’s currency markets, that would be worth nearly $22 million.

Under the will, the princes are entitled to all the income from their part of the estate when they are 25.

They gain access to the capital at age 30. William is 27.

Dance awards

In its ninth year of celebrating dance in Washington, the Metro DC Dance Awards brought new energy and plenty of sass to the Kennedy Center Monday night.

Since Peter DiMuro (formerly dancer-director with the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange) became director of Metro Dance last year, he has made major changes, including an expanded welcoming champagne party at Watergate’s 600 Restaurant, followed by a free Millennium Stage appearance that drew a huge crowd stretching the length of the Grand Foyer, introducing a new potential audience to the achievements of Washington dance.

A major factor was master of ceremonies Richard Move, a talented actor who has made a specialty of channeling the late dance great Martha Graham. His startling authentic Graham impersonation is a work of genius - touching and hilarious.

His camp interludes were met with another splash of camp (one of the evening’s themes) by the DC Cowboys Dance Company, 15 men who strut, stamp and posture to the audience’s amused delight.

As for the awards themselves in the Terrace Theater, the Dana Tai Soon Burgess company won for outstanding new work; Cassie Meador for emerging choreographer; Urban Artistry for emerging group; CityDance Ensemble for outstanding group performance, the Washington Ballet for overall production (large venue). Brooke Kidd received the Alan M. Kriegsman Award; and for outstanding individual performance Delphina Parenti and Jason Garcia Ignacio were the winners.

Where feds go not

Actor Keanu Reeves had no problem getting inside Buffalo-area jails. The feds haven’t been so lucky.

The star of “The Matrix” film trilogy spent last weekend scouting locations for a new film. His visit included tours of two jail facilities that are the target of a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit accusing the Erie County Sheriff’s Department of civil rights violations.

County officials have barred federal investigators from the jails, but Mr. Reeves was given tours of the facilities on Sunday.

Afterward, county officials said Mr. Reeves shouldn’t have been allowed inside the jails.

Mr. Reeves was checking out possible film locations for “Henry’s Crime,” which casts him as toll booth worker wrongly accused of robbing a Buffalo bank.

• Compiled By Jean Battey Lewis and Dianne Lash from staff, Web and wire reports.

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