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March 18, 1997|ANGIE CHUANG

TV/RADIO

Levin Headed for 'Court': After nearly 10 years and nine Emmy Awards, KCBS-TV reporter Harvey Levin is moving on, Warner Bros. announced Monday. Levin has been named co-executive producer and on-air legal anchor for the upcoming all-new "The People's Court" series, which debuts in the fall. New York anchor and correspondent Carol Martin of WCBS will be the in-studio anchor, and former New York City Mayor Ed Koch will preside over the court. Three small-claims cases will be heard in each one-hour episode, and--as in the original "People's Court" series--the judge's decisions will be final and binding.

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Bonnie Is Back: Bonnie Grice--the on-again, off-again host of classical music radio--is on again. On Monday, after a short test run, she began as the regular host of KSCN-FM's (88.5) afternoon drive show from 3-6 p.m. "It's a chance to have a daily presence [again]," Grice said in an interview Monday. The show is as yet untitled but both Grice and Rene Engel, general manager of the Cal State Northridge station, say the program will be in keeping with the station's format as "straightforward" classical music. Grice spent seven years at KUSC-FM (91.5), where she drew fans as well as fire for presenting an eclectic mix of music in a highly chatty, informal manner, then from November to February hosted a Sunday opera show at KKGO-FM (105.1), where she had a once-a-week slot. She quit that post on Feb. 22. Grice said that it was great to be able to work again with Engel, who had been an afternoon host at KUSC from January-November 1996.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Thursday March 20, 1997 Home Edition Calendar Part F Page 55 Entertainment Desk 2 inches; 38 words Type of Material: Correction
Radio host--Joe "The Boomer" Servantez, who handles the 2-7 p.m. time slot on radio station KIBB-FM (100.3), formerly worked for several years at Los Angeles station KPWR-FM (105.9). Tuesday's Morning Report incorrectly stated that he had worked at another station.

POP/ROCK

Yanni's Taj Majal Concert: Five Indian farmers have threatened to set themselves on fire as protests mount against a series of concerts this week by Greek-born musician Yanni in front of the Taj Mahal monument. The farmers, who say their crops were destroyed to build a stage for the concert, say they will immolate themselves at the site on Thursday, the day of Yanni's first performance, unless the government pays adequate compensation. Their threats follow protests from conservationists who say the government is turning a blind eye to the potential damage that the New Age composer's concerts can cause to the 17th century monument. Environmental activist Mahesh Chandra Mehta has filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to shift the venue of performances. The court is due to hear the plea before Thursday. The scheduled performances, nightly through Saturday, are anticipated to draw 22,000 concert-goers.

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Love It or Leave It: Courtney Love is selling the Seattle mansion she bought with husband Kurt Cobain months before the Nirvana singer committed suicide. "I have a nice house, but I can't live there," Love said. "Kids everywhere all the time." Devoted fans have flocked to the 1901 mansion since Cobain, 27, shot himself in its greenhouse three years ago. Love, lead singer of the band Hole and actress in "The People vs. Larry Flynt," said she and her daughter will move to Los Angeles and buy a horse farm in Olympia, Wash. Love had refused previous offers to buy the house.

THE ARTS

Cramer Sculptures to Be Auctioned: Douglas S. Cramer, a founding trustee of Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, will put on the block 25 large-scale sculptures from his highly regarded art collection at Christie's New York contemporary art auctions on May 7 and 8. The works had been installed on the grounds of the film and television producer's 110-acre ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley, which is also on the market through Christie's, in cooperation with Realtor W.T. Hayer. Cramer says that he has decided to spend more time in New York, where he is a trustee of the Museum of Modern Art. Among the key sculptures to be auctioned are Ellsworth Kelly's "Untitled (Flying Arch)," estimated to go for between $200,000 and $300,000, and a three-part piece by Joel Shapiro from 1983, estimated at between $300,000 and $400,000, the highest value assigned to a work in the sale.

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