- - Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ronnie Wood said the Rolling Stones will meet in a recording studio later this month “to just throw some ideas around.” The guitarist for the legendary rock group said Monday that he and the band just want “to get the feel again.”

He also added that the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary is like training for something big.

“It’s like working out for the Olympics or something,” Mr. Wood said. “You’ve got to go into training. So we’re going to go into training.”

Mr. Wood made the comments Monday in an Associated Press interview following a news conference for his exhibition, “Faces, Time and Places,” which features his paintings. It includes pieces of him and his band mates, as well as portraits of Muhammad Ali and Al Pacino.

Mr. Wood, who said he started painting at age 3, enjoys doing it because it’s a reflection of his own ideas, unlike music, which he calls a “group effort.”

The exhibit launched Monday in New York’s SoHo neighborhood and will close June 30.

Mr. Wood’s week will get busier when he is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday as a member of the Faces, along with Rod Stewart. It will be the second induction for the 64-year-old Mr. Wood. The Rolling Stones were inducted in 1989.

He’ll also perform a solo show at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, N.J., on April 21. When asked what fans should expect, he said: “Lots of surprises because I’m going to surprise myself. I don’t know what the hell is coming next. The whole set list is going to be made up. I’m making it up every day now.”

Mr. Wood said he would love go on a solo tour “if I had enough time, but I have too many commitments.”

He also talked about possibly recording another solo album.

“Lots of people don’t know I’ve made seven, ‘cause most of my albums escape; they’re not released,” he said, laughing. “Keith [Richards] says they all skyrocket to oblivion.”

Final jurors to be seated in Hudson murder trial

Prosecutors and attorneys for the man charged with murdering three of actress and singer Jennifer Hudson’s family members resumed vetting potential jurors Tuesday as they sought to fill the final four spots for his upcoming trial.

Lawyers filled 14 of the 18 jury spots Monday after interviewing candidates one by one, and were expected to settle on the group that will make up the 12 jurors and six alternates for William Balfour’s murder trial during Tuesday’s session, the Associated Press reports. Testimony is set to begin April 23.

Mr. Balfour, 30, is charged with murdering Ms. Hudson’s mother, brother and nephew in 2008, and he faces a mandatory life prison sentence if convicted of murdering at least two of the victims.

Cook County Circuit Judge Charles Burns spent Monday’s session trying to weed out anyone who might be swayed by the 30-year-old Miss Hudson’s celebrity. The Academy Award-winning actress’ name came up frequently during questioning, although most potential jurors insisted that despite what they knew about her or had heard about the case, they would be able to consider only the evidence if picked for the trial.

Belgian designer to lead Christian Dior fashion house

Christian Dior has named Belgian designer Raf Simons as its new artistic director, seven months after its icon, John Galliano, was convicted by a Paris court for drunken anti-Semitic ravings.

A fashion rebel of a different sort, Mr. Simons - who began his career as a furniture designer and has had his own successful menswear label - will present his first show for the renowned Dior fashion house in July, according to Monday’s announcement.

Mr. Galliano was dismissed by Dior in March 2011, days before its fall-winter runway show, after a video went viral showing the bad-boy designer inebriated and insulting a fellow client at a Paris cafe. He was heard slurring “I love Hitler,” among other incendiary remarks.

The 44-year-old Mr. Simons, who designed for the minimalist Jil Sander label from 2005 until just recently, was a top name among rumored candidates for the Dior job, according to the Associated Press.

A statement by Dior said Mr. Simons will serve as artistic director for haute couture, ready-to-wear and women’s accessories. It praised him as “one of the greatest current talents” and said he will “inspire and propel into the 21st century” the style carried on by the prestigious house since its creation in 1946.

Father of slain student writes book about daughter

The father of slain British student Meredith Kercher has written a book about the life - and loss - of his daughter in a case that spawned a media frenzy.

Meredith Kercher was found dead in Perugia, Italy, in November 2007 at age 21. Her roommate, Amanda Knox, and Ms. Knox’s boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted in her death, but their convictions were later overturned.

According to the Associated Press, publisher Hodder & Stoughton said Tuesday that Mr. Kercher’s book, “Meredith: Our Daughter’s Murder and the Heartbreaking Quest for the Truth,” is a celebration of Meredith’s life and an account of the family’s “ongoing quest for justice.”

The book is due out in Britain and the U.S. on April 26 - ahead of highly anticipated memoirs from both Ms. Knox and Mr. Sollecito.

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