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June 04, 1993|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, natinal and international news services and the nation's press

POP/ROCK

Dr. Dre's Court Woes: Los Angeles gangsta rap star Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, pleaded no contest in Van Nuys Wednesday to misdemeanor battery in connection with a violent assault on San Fernando Valley resident Damon Thomas. Dre was fined $10,000 and sentenced to three years' probation plus 90 days in jail--which he may be able to serve under a special home detention condition to be decided within 30 days. The 28-year-old rapper and record producer allegedly attacked Thomas and broke his jaw on May 5, 1992, at a Woodland Hills apartment complex. The multimillion-selling rapper has had similar brushes with the law: He pleaded guilty last October to battery on a New Orleans police officer and pleaded no contest last August to battery on former TV rap show host Denise Barnes.

Bowled Over: Legendary singer Bob Dylan, last seen in Los Angeles in the intimacy of the 2,700-seat Pantages Theatre in 1992, moves to the outdoor spaciousness of the 18,000-plus capacity Pacific Amphitheatre on Oct. 1 and the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 2. He'll be joined both days by the group Santana. Tickets go on sale Sunday for the Bowl show and June 12 for the Pacific date.

TELEVISION

Duke Departing: Paul Duke will step down in February after 20 years as moderator of the PBS show "Washington Week in Review." "The big thing is I'm not the spring chicken I once was and my wife, Janet, and I have always had the dream of living abroad," Duke, 66, told the Washington Post. "We sat down and decided why the hell not and we will be moving to London." Shilts on HBO: HBO Pictures has optioned the rights to Randy Shilts' controversial current bestseller, "Conduct Unbecoming," which tells of the persecution of gays in the military. Oliver Stone and Propaganda Films will produce. HBO is working on the upcoming dramatization of Shilts' AIDS-related book, "And the Band Played On," and Stone is working on another upcoming Shilts project, the film version of the "Mayor of Castro Street," based on the life of murdered gay rights activist San Francisco Supevisor Harvey Milk.

Kings Ratings: Prime Ticket's coverage of the Kings 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in Tuesday's opening game of the Stanley Cup final drew the highest rating of any hockey game in Southern California since at least 1985, even though the 4:30 p.m. game was only available to the 60% of households that subscribe to cable television. But the Kings game, which had a 7.1 rating, was still beat out by "Jeopardy!" on KABC-TV Channel 7, which had a 10.5 rating, and the Phoenix Suns-Seattle SuperSonics NBA playoff game on KNBC-TV Channel 4, which had a 9.7.

RADIO

Clearing Sirhan?: A controversial one-hour documentary, "The RFK Tapes," which purports to present evidence that Sirhan Sirhan most likely did not murder Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles 25 years ago this week, will air on KPFK-FM (90.7) today at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 10 p.m. Independent producer William Klaber, who presents excerpts from Los Angeles Police Department interviews with assassination witnesses, calls the program "the audio equivalent of the Rodney King video."

PEOPLE WATCH

Going Global for Kids: Bonnie Raitt, Lloyd Bridges, Shelley Duvall, Clint Black, Nirvana, Cybill Shepherd, Phil Collins, Billy Joel and Crosby, Stills & Nash are among those set to appear in both live and taped performances from locations around the globe on "Together for Our Children/M.U.S.I.C. (Musicians Unite With Stars to Immunize Children)," a televised global relief project to raise funds for children's health groups. The program will be anchored with a June 23 taping at UCLA's Royce Hall.

Spielberg's Game: Filmmaker Steven Spielberg and LucasArts Entertainment Co. are developing an interactive computer game called the Dig. The deep space adventure features a team of space explorers who are mysteriously kidnaped to a hostile, alien planet. "It's a story I've had in my head for years, and I thought it would make a better game than a film," said Spielberg, whose eagerly awaited "Jurassic Park" opens next Friday. "As a matter of fact, we couldn't afford to make it as a film."

Moving Out: Soon-Yi Previn, the 22-year-old adopted daughter of actress Mia Farrow and the "other woman" in Farrow's breakup with Woody Allen, is moving out of the film director's apartment and into a place of her own. "It does not signal any kind of diminishing of their relationship," said Allen's lawyer, Elkan Abramowitz. "She's growing up and she needs a place of her own."

Quotable: "I can't discuss the amount of money that it was but I could have made love to Demi Moore 20 times."--Gary Shandling on Tuesday's "Tonight Show," speaking of NBC's "generous offer," which he turned down, to host "Late Night" after David Letterman moves to CBS.

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