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May 04, 1994|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

POP/ROCK

Stones Roll Out Tour Plans: The Rolling Stones will perform at the Rose Bowl on Oct. 19 and 20 as part of their first concert tour since 1989. The tour, which follows the July 12 release of their new album, "Voodoo Lounge," opens Aug. 1 at Washington's RFK Stadium and so far includes only one other California show, at Oakland's Alameda County Coliseum on an October date to be announced. Tickets for all shows will be priced at $50, $39.50 and $25. Bassist Darryl Jones and keyboardist Chuck Leavell will join the Stones on their first tour without original bassist Bill Wyman.

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Bolton Denounces Jury Verdict: Michael Bolton said that he will ask a judge to overturn last week's finding that he and co-writer Andrew Goldmark stole an old Isley Brothers song for his 1991 hit "Love Is a Wonderful Thing." At a New York press conference, Bolton maintained that neither he nor Goldmark had ever heard the song, and denounced a Los Angeles jury's award to the Isley Brothers of 66% of all royalties from Bolton's single, and 28% of royalties from the album "Time, Love and Tenderness." Bolton estimated that the verdict would cost him millions of dollars; the album has sold more than 10 million copies.

THE ARTS

Gronk Aids Students: Noted Los Angeles Chicano artist Gronk, whose bold work is the subject of a current retrospective exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, on Tuesday donated his painting "The Mug" to the UCLA Faculty Center to help pay for $27,000 worth of damages incurred by the center during last spring's Chicano studies protests. Seven UCLA students faced prosecution for the protest, which urged the formation of a Chicano studies department at the university. Joseph Mandel, UCLA's vice chancellor for legal affairs, has said that charges could be dropped as a result of the gift from Gronk, a large acrylic painting from his "Hotel Senator" series, valued at $12,000 to $15,000, as well as a second gift from Chicana artist Elo that is valued at $7,000. "Chicano studies, for me, is very important, and so are the students that are very actively involved (in the effort)," Gronk said Tuesday. "Perhaps art can't solve all the problems, but it certainly can heal. What this is, is an offering to help out."

* Arts Fest Planned: World Cup USA unveiled plans Tuesday for "ARTS94," an arts and culture program that will serve as an adjunct to the nine-city soccer tournament culminating in Los Angeles June 17-July 17, with the final game at the Rose Bowl. In addition to five already announced soccer murals on freeway sites on the route between LAX and the Rose Bowl, World Cup USA will sponsor a series of rock, pop, country and classical music concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. The arts festival, taking place in Los Angeles and the eight other tour cities, will also include many existing arts events and exhibitions under its banner. Held every four years, the Federation Internationale de Football Assn. (FIFA) World Cup is the world's largest single-sport event.

TV & VIDEO

Independent Cable Channel: Filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, Spike Lee, Martha Coolidge, Steven Soderbergh, Ed Saxon and Joel and Ethan Coen are charter members of an advisory board for the Independent Film Channel, a new cable offering focusing on unedited and commercial-free independent films. The 24-hour channel, an offshoot of Bravo, plans to include features, documentaries, shorts, animation and new works by emerging filmmakers. A Sept. 1 launch is planned.

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Leaving Channel 5: KTLA news director Warren Cereghino cited differences in approach and conflicting personalities with his general manager, Greg Nathanson, as the reason for his abrupt resignation Monday. Under his reign, KTLA maintained local ratings dominance in prime-time news and launched a morning news program. Cereghino said that he will probably stay in TV news broadcasting but does not have any immediate plans.

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A New Union: The acclaimed series "Disney Presents Bill Nye the Science Guy" will air on both PBS and commercial television this fall, the first ongoing children's educational series to air on both mediums. PBS will air programs Monday through Friday, while the series continues in weekly syndication. Thirty-nine new episodes are planned over two seasons.

QUICK TAKES

Gene Kelly's San Francisco hospital stay will be extended for at least a week, a spokesman at St. Mary's Medical Center said Tuesday. Kelly, 81, was admitted Sunday with the flu and was scheduled to be released on Tuesday. The spokesman said his condition was still stable and gave no additional information. . . . Barbara Walters conducts the first extended interview with Dr. Jack Kevorkian since his acquittal on charges of breaking Michigan's assisted suicide law tonight on ABC News' "Turning Point." . . . Lindsay Wagner and Lee Majors will return to their 1970s TV roles in "Bionic Breakdown: Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and Bionic Woman III," a TV movie filming this summer for CBS.

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