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November 12, 1994|SHAUNA SNOW | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

POP/ROCK

Rocking on the Internet: The Rolling Stones will become the first big-name group to broadcast a concert live over the Internet when multimedia company Thinking Pictures carries the first five songs from the band's Friday show at Dallas' Cotton Bowl to computers around the world. (Users need to have a high-end work station that runs a special program that is capable of displaying live video from the Internet.) While Mick Jagger and company will definitely be the biggest band to perform in cyberspace, they won't be the first--Seattle's Sky Cries Mary did an Internet concert earlier this week. Although these shows are breaking new ground, the current rudimentary nature of the information superhighway means that the image quality will be far inferior to that of normal television, which broadcasts three times as many frames per second. The show is set to begin locally at 6:30 p.m. and the log-in code is http://www.stones.com.

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Shakur's Accuser Testifies: During four hours of tearful testimony in a New York courtroom Thursday, the 20-year-old Brooklyn woman who has accused rap artist Tupac Shakur of sexual assault admitted that she had consensual sex with the rapper shortly after meeting him at a nightclub a year ago. But when she returned to his Manhattan hotel room four days later, she said, Shakur grabbed her by the back of the head and forced her to perform oral sex, while three of his friends tore her clothes off, groped her and forced her to perform sex with them for 35 minutes as she sobbed for mercy. Shakur's attorneys said the woman consented to the encounter, but then became a "vengeful suitor" when Shakur refused to follow their sexual escapades with romance. The trial is expected to conclude next week.

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Honoring Ritchie: Members of Ritchie Valens' family will attend a public celebration today when Pacoima's Paxton Park is officially renamed for the late rock singer. The 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. event at 10736 Laurel Canyon Blvd., sponsored by oldies radio station KRLA-AM (1110), includes a 2:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony plus live entertainment on two stages, including a free concert by popular Latino group Tierra. KRLA morning deejay Mucho Morales will serve as master of ceremonies and broadcast live from the park.

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Rwanda Relief: Singer Jackson Browne will perform a two-hour concert at Sunset Boulevard's House of Blues on Monday, as the headliner of an Operation USA benefit to raise funds for Rwanda Relief. The event also features comedian Paul Reiser, singer VINX, the Amasaro Dancers of Rwanda, and appearances by actors Alfre Woodard, Ben Kingsley and Mike Farrell. An original oil painting by artist Robbie Conal, estimated at $20,000, will also be auctioned off. Tickets are $50, $100 and $175; doors open at 7 p.m., with performances expected to begin between 8 and 9 p.m. Proceeds will go toward Operation USA's second relief flight to Rwanda and the reconstruction of health facilities destroyed in the nation's civil war.

TELEVISION

Trekker Programming: There's lots of action on tap for "Star Trek" fans. In addition to next Friday's opening of Paramount Pictures' "Star Trek: Generations," CBS plans to air "Star Trek: A Captain's Log," a retrospective special hosted by William Shatner and featuring clips and interviews with original cast members on Nov. 30. Shatner and original "Star Trek" co-star Leonard Nimoy will also be among the hosts of a two-hour science-fiction special on Fox, "The Museum of Television & Radio Presents: Science Fiction, a Journey Into the Unknown." The program, co-hosted by Carrie Fisher ("Star Wars") and Dean Cain ("Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"), will air Dec. 13. And speaking of Nimoy, the former Mr. Spock's first trek into the comic genre, "Leonard Nimoy's Primortals," hits stores on Monday. The Techno-Comix release is a monthly sci-fi series about Earth's first contact with aliens.

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Jailhouse Rock: ABC anchor Ted Koppel will spend a night in a Raleigh, N.C., jail next week for a series of "Nightline" reports on correctional systems. "He'll spend the day and night behind bars," said a "Nightline" spokeswoman, who added that Koppel's stay at the North Carolina Central Prison is "not a gimmick . . . our intent is to show people what it's really like." Among other coverage, "Nightline" will do a 90-minute "town meeting" on the subject of incarceration late next week.

QUICK TAKES

NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw will receive the USC Distinguished Achievement in Journalism award for 1994 during a Tuesday night dinner at the Biltmore Hotel. . . . Rapper Ice-T and his band Body Count will field questions from fans on America Online, Monday at 6:30 p.m. The band is promoting its debut album on Virgin Records, "Born Dead." . . . Former MGM star Anita Page was in good condition at Pasadena's Huntington Memorial Hospital on Friday, after suffering a heart attack Thursday. Page, 84, appeared in the 1928 Jazz Age smash "Our Dancing Daughters," as well as its sequels, "Our Modern Maidens" and "Our Blushing Brides." . . . Diva Lena Horne will be featured in a one-hour special on cable's BET airing at 5 p.m. on Thursday. The program will detail Horne's 60-year career, beginning in New York's Cotton Club during the Harlem Renaissance.

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