Smithsonian Fetes L.A.'s Pardo
Los Angeles-based sculptor Jorge Pardo has won the Smithsonian American Art Museum's inaugural Lucelia Artist Award, a $25,000 annual prize established by the Washington museum to "encourage leading contemporary American artists." The Smithsonian said the Cuban-born Pardo was chosen for his "exceptional creativity and compelling engagement with issues related to the presentation, context and perception of art."
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Coal Miner's Daughter Makes Good
More than 1,000 of Loretta Lynn's friends and fans celebrated the grand opening Saturday of a Tennessee museum chronicling her life as a "coal miner's daughter" and country music legend. Singers Naomi Judd, George Jones and Crystal Gayle (Lynn's sister) were among those at the Coal Miner's Daughter Museum opening at Lynn's home west of Nashville. The museum replaces an earlier one that had been on the property for years. Judd called Lynn, 66, a "hillbilly feminist" for such songs as "Don't Come Home A'Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)" and "You Ain't Woman Enough."
The museum includes an old touring bus nicknamed "the Coal Miner"; cars driven by Lynn, including a Cadillac in which she said she wrote "Fist City," a song that threatens violence to a woman who shows too much interest in Lynn's husband; and Lynn's first set of bedroom furniture, which once belonged to Hank Williams.
TV & MOVIES
Festival's Methods of Survival
"Survivor" host Jeff Probst's directorial debut, "Finder's Fee," has been chosen as the closing night film of the third annual Method Fest independent film festival taking place June 15 to 22 at Laemmle Playhouse Cinemas in Pasadena. The film screens June 21, preceding the festival's June 22 awards gala, at which James Earl Jones--who co-stars in "Finder's Fee"--receives the lifetime achievement award.
Analyze This in Hindsight
Richard Castellano, who served five years in jail for a 1977 robbery conviction before playing a bodyguard in the Robert De Niro-Billy Crystal mob comedy "Analyze This," is again in trouble with the law, this time for putting his Hollywood connections to ill use. Castellano, 47, has until Wednesday to pay back aspiring actors he conned out of more than $12,000 by promising Screen Actors Guild union cards. Castellano, who never delivered the cards, pleaded guilty earlier this year to grand larceny. As part of his plea deal, he was to pay back the money and spend a year in jail. But with $9,000 still unpaid, Castellano's sentence could be increased to four years.
Showtime's Latino drama "Resurrection Blvd." begins its second season on June 26, Tuesdays at 10 p.m., while the pay cable network's African American-themed series, "Soul Food," kicks off its second season on June 27, Wednesdays at 10 p.m. . . . Propaganda Films has acquired the rights to prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi's "Helter Skelter," chronicling the 1969 Charles Manson murders and trial. Rights to the book had been tied up since the 1986 purchase of Lorimar Pictures by Warner Bros. Propaganda said it would work with Bugliosi on the script. A director and cast have not yet been named. . . . Glen Jones, a deejay at New Jersey radio station WFMU, set a new record Monday for the world's longest continuous radio broadcast: 73 hours, 34 minutes. Jones, 39, spun more than 700 tunes and went without sleep during the broadcast, which beat the mark set by British deejay Greg Daines by one minute. Jones' record must still be certified by Guinness World Records. . . . Jon Bailey, the outgoing artistic director of the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, will be community grand marshal of the 2001 Christopher Street West/L.A. gay pride parade on June 17. Bailey's final performances as artistic director of the Gay Men's Chorus will be July 13-15 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale.