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August 29, 1995|STEVEN LINAN | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

POP/ROCK

The Last Boingo: Oingo Boingo is calling it quits, with plans for a farewell concert or series of concerts in the L.A. area around Halloween--the holiday long-associated with special performances by the band. Manager Laura Engel says that the group "feels they lasted a decade longer than they ever would have imagined, and rather than being ambiguous about breaking up they want to do something definitive." Bandleader Danny Elfman and guitarist Steve Bartek are expected to continue their busy careers scoring films, each having done two upcoming movies ("Dead Presidents" and "To Die For" by Elfman, "Cold Blooded" and "National Lampoon's Senior Trip" by Bartek), while Elfman is also pursuing screenwriting. Dates and locations for the L.A.-area show or shows, which will conclude a brief tour of other Western U.S. cities, will be announced soon.

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Rave Canceled: Narnia, an event billed as the summer's biggest and best all-night rave, was canceled at the last minute last weekend. Organizers of the Saturday event say permits fell through after authorities learned that landowners had no idea the rave was to take place on their East San Diego County property. Promoters of the outdoor event say they dealt with someone who represented himself as being the owner of the property. San Diego County Sheriff's deputies are investigating. Promoters are rescheduling the event for September.

LEGAL FILE

Judge Admonished: The State of California Commission on Judicial Performance has publicly admonished Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Judith C. Chirlin for improper conduct in a 1993 breach-of-contract trial involving actress Kim Basinger, who allegedly withdrew from the Main Line Pictures Inc. film "Boxing Helena." The action stems from Chirlin's attendance at a premiere for the movie at the invitation of its producer and for comments she made to the press while the case was being appealed. Chirlin told The Times on Monday: "As far as I'm concerned, this is old news. Over a year-and-a-half ago, I acknowledged publicly that I made an error in judgment, even though the events in question were long after the completion of the trial and any post-trial motions. I've always believed that we learn more from the mistakes we make than from the things we do right and I certainly have learned from this mistake." There was a verdict in favor of Main Line Pictures in March, 1993. Basinger filed an appeal in July of that year.

TELEVISION

Bad Timing?: HBO's telecast of "The Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" on Saturday from Cleveland will be shown live at 7:30 p.m. in the Eastern Standard Time zone, but will be delayed three hours in the West. "Traditionally, we've always delayed on the West Coast for maximum viewership," said Nancy Geller, vice president of programming for HBO. Geller said that the cable network expects few complaints from viewers about starting the show at 7:30 p.m. here. "It may not be live live, but it's going on at an hour when people will be able to see it," she said of the concert, which will feature performances by more than two dozen of rock's biggest acts, including Bruce Springsteen and Snoop Doggy Dogg, and is expected to last about six hours.

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Bump 'n' Rush: Back-to-back episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" will replace "Rescue 911" and "Rush Limbaugh" from 6-7 p.m. on KCAL Channel 9 next month. A station spokeswoman said a decision on Limbaugh's new slot would be made in "the next day or two." "Inside Edition" and "American Journal," two other syndicated shows, will continue to air from 7-8 p.m.

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New Title Sinks In: "seaQuest DSV," the NBC series set aboard a futuristic submarine, will surface with the new title of "seaQuest 2032" when it returns for its third season Sept. 20. The title reflects the year in which this season's shows will occur. Michael Ironside, formerly of "ER," will play the sub's new captain.

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For Peeples: Nia Peeples will play a public defender on the new CBS drama "Courthouse." The role originally was portrayed by Robin Givens, who now will be a criminal investigator in the district attorney's office.

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Generally Speaking: Colin Powell, the retired general already booked for his first formal interview with "20/20" on Sept. 15, will make his first appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Sept. 26. Powell, who no doubt will plug his new autobiography, previously spoke on the phone with Leno during a "Tonight Show" taping, but he has never been a featured guest. Powell is the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

QUICK TAKES

KTLA-TV reporter Marta Waller, who has received high marks for her coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial, is out for at least two weeks on a medical leave to have neck surgery. . . . Larry Hagman's condition was upgraded from critical to serious on Monday, six days after surgeons replaced his diseased liver with a donor organ. . . . "Bless This House," a new Andrew Clay-Cathy Moriarty comedy for CBS, will premiere Sept. 11 at 8:30 p.m., two nights earlier than originally planned.

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