Monday, January 28, 2008

January 28, 2008 News


Christian Chensvold's FineArtsLA web site inaugurates "Forty Unders," which he describes as "a marketing program aimed at developing younger audiences." If the arts organizations you handle are looking for promotion in return for tickets, contact Christian ( He posts about the performances and offers a ticket giveaway to site readers, who must be 40 and under to qualify for the tickets. Among the participants so far are Jacaranda, LA Ballet, Musica Angelica, Pacific Serenades and Dilijan Chamber Music Series.


I notice that Natalie Nichols is back at City Beat, listed in the masthead as Acting Arts Editor.


"Miscommunication"??? Does anyone else actually believe that? Apparently an AP reporter bought it.

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ringo Starr is known for being the amiable Beatle, but the rock star showed his tough side Tuesday when he walked off the set of "Live With Regis and Kelly" rather than cut short one of his songs.

Starr, who is promoting his new album, "Liverpool 8," planned to perform the title song with fellow rocker Dave Stewart. However, due to miscommunication between his publicist, Elizabeth Freund, and the musical director, Starr didn't realize the performance had to be 2 1/2 minutes or less, Freund told The Associated Press.

When told Tuesday morning that the performance had to be shortened, Freund said Starr tried to cut about a minute of the song's 4 minute, 15 second length, down to 3 minutes and 30 seconds. However, according to Freund, producer Michael Gellman said it had to be less than 3 minutes.

"We offered to cut back our chat time and asked them to fade or go to commercial. They were not willing to do that and Ringo was not willing to cut it further, so without a compromise we were not able to stay," Freund said in a statement to The Associated Press. "Ringo left saying, 'God bless and goodbye. We still love Regis.' "