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Briefs: Ozzy back in the Ozzfest lineup

| Tuesday, June 27, 2006

What would Ozzfest be without Ozzy Osbourne ?

Fortunately, Pittsburghers won't get to find out. The lovable heavy metal icon has changed plans and will appear July 18 at the Post-Gazette Pavilion after all, along with previously announced headliners System of a Down . And, in something of a surprise, Osbourne also is scheduled to appear on the festival's second stage at some point in the day, in addition to performing on the main stage.

Tickets, $30.75-$100.75, are still available at Ticketmaster locations.

To charge by phone: 412-323-1919. Online: .

-- Rege Behe

Chamber Orchestra season announced

Increased collaboration with the music faculty at Carnegie Mellon University marks the 2006/07 season of the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra that was announced Monday.

Many members of the symphony teach at Carnegie Mellon, including concertmaster Andres Cardenes , who leads the series. Each of next season's three orchestra concerts will include a non-symphony member of the university's faculty: violist Toby Appel , guitarist James Ferla and pianist Rodrigo Ojeda .

The program and pianist for 24-year old violinist Ilya Gringolts ' April 2007 recital, the sole vestige of the Y Music Society, was not announced.

All concerts start at 8 p.m. and take place at Katz Performing Arts Center, Jewish Community Center, Squirrel Hill, except for the May 22 show, which will be given at Bellefield Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland.

Sept. 19: Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestra Suite No. 2; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Adagio and Rondo for Violin and Orchestra; Niccolo Paganini: Guitar Quintet; Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 44.

Jan. 9: Christopher Theofanidis: "Visions and Miracles;" David Stock: "Concierto Cubano;" Franz Schubert: String Quintet.

April 17: Violin recital by Ilya Gringolts.

May 22: Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for 2 Trumpets; Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov: "Capriccio espagnole" (arranged for 9 instruments); Alan Schulman: Theme and Variations for Viola, String Orchestra and Harp; Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 8.

Subscriptions to the four-concert series are $58-$99.

Details: 412-392-4900.

--Mark Kanny

Cultural events in the city

  • Pittsburgh CLO presents "Grease" at 2 and 8 p.m. Performances continue through Friday at the Benedum Center, Seventh Street and Penn Avenue, Downtown. $16.50-$52.50. 412-456-6666.

  • City Theatre presents "Late Nite Catechism 2" at 7 p.m. as part of an open-ended run at the Lester Hamburg Studio Theater, 1300 Bingham St., South Side. $35 and $40. 412-431-2489.


Superman's mom says he hasn't changed

Superman's parents say Brandon Routh is still the kind and earnest son they raised in Norwalk, Iowa. That may be true, but things are changing for the star of "Superman Returns."

Back in Iowa for a special premiere of his new movie, Routh was greeted by dozens of fans as he walked the red carpet outside Jordan Creek Town Center in West Des Moines on Sunday. It was quite a change from the relative anonymity of growing up in a sleepy town like Norwalk.

"Having people at the airport wanting autographs or taking photos of me getting out of a car -- it's definitely different," the 26-year-old actor said.

The hoopla was also a far cry from another recent trip to Iowa, when Routh crashed on his buddy's floor in Iowa City during the University of Iowa's homecoming weekend in November.

The screening was delayed for more than 40 minutes as Routh worked the crowd outside the theater, posing for pictures, signing autographs and talking to members of the media.

Still, his mother, Katie Routh , said she hasn't seen much difference in her son. "He's the same," she said. "I haven't seen any change whatsoever."

--The Associated Press

Judge gives Boy George a second chance

Boy George won't be going to jail. But the former Culture Club singer got a scolding from a judge Monday for not complying with the terms of his sentence on a drug charge.

"I'm not going to give you another chance," Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Anthony Ferrara warned Boy George, who didn't do the community service required by his plea deal for his conditional discharge.

In March, Boy George, whose real name is George O'Dowd , pleaded guilty to third-degree false reporting of an incident. The charge followed his false report of a burglary at his Lower Manhattan apartment where police said they found cocaine.

Under his plea deal, O'Dowd was to enter a drug program in England and do five days of community service in Manhattan. He also was supposed to pay a $1,000 fine and a $160 surcharge, and avoid arrest for any reason during the next six months.

But O'Dowd, 45, didn't do the community service, and earlier this month, Ferrara demanded that the singer show up in court or face arrest.

The judge gave O'Dowd until Aug. 28 to complete the community service.

"He'll probably be raking leaves in Central Park, or something like that," said O'Dowd's lawyer, Louis Freeman . The singer was referred to the Sanitation Department for possible assignment.

When O'Dowd left the community service assignment office, he quipped, "I'm going to be teaching basketball in Harlem."

-- The Associated Press

'Wyatt Earp' star marries for first time

"Wyatt Earp" star Hugh O'Brian , 81, has married for the first time in what the couple described as "a wedding to die for." The weekend ceremony was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif.

"This is my first, and most definitely, my last trip down the aisle," O'Brian said in a statement announcing his marriage Sunday afternoon to his girlfriend of 18 years, teacher Virginia Barber , 54.

It was the bride's second marriage.

Some 300 guests -- including look-alikes of John Wayne and Pope John Paul -- witnessed the ceremony at the cemetery's Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection, publicist Monique Moss said Monday.

The Rev. Robert Schuller , pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, officiated, and the couple was serenaded by close friend Debbie Reynolds . Dubbed "A Wedding to Die For," the ceremony concluded with a cocktail reception.

-- The Associated Press


'History Boys' Broadway run extended

"The History Boys," the big winner at the 2006 Tony Awards, has extended its Broadway run through Oct. 1. It originally was set to close Sept. 3.

But theatergoers expecting to see the justly acclaimed original should plan their visits to the Broadhurst Theatre accordingly.

Richard Griffiths , who won a Tony for his portrayal of an beloved yet eccentric teacher, will be out of the Alan Bennett play July 18-23, to film a movie. He will be replaced by Desmond Barrit .

The Tony-winning Frances de la Tour , who portrays a sardonic teacher, and Clive Merrison , who plays a headmaster in the New York production, will be out of the show July 12-Aug. 20. Both will return Aug. 22 for the remainder of the run. During their absences, their roles will be handled by Maggie Steed and Malcolm Sinclair respectively.

"The History Boys" can't run longer than Oct. 1. The Broadhurst already has been booked with a revival of "Les Miserables," which begins preview performances there Oct. 22. An opening is set for Nov. 9.

--The Associated Press

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