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Quick Takes: Prince announces L.A. residency

April 09, 2011

After successful residencies in the New York area in December and January, Prince is setting up an extended stay in L.A. — and attempting to upstage Coachella (April 15-17) in the process. The singer dialed into "Lopez Tonight" on Thursday to announce he would be kicking off a 21-night run, beginning at the Forum and continuing on at venues to be announced later. The L.A. residency will kick off April 14 with backing band the New Power Generation and "a whole gang of special guests," Prince teased. He told Lopez he needs somewhere to rehearse and asked whether he could come to the show in person on Wednesday, which Lopez graciously agreed to.

"Whatever you do, just let us bring the purple," the singer said. "Everybody's always overdoing that purple lights and whatnot, you know what I mean?"

— Gerrick D. Kennedy

Trump wins bid for Va. winery

Donald Trump has bought a Virginia vineyard at a foreclosure auction and wants to produce wines.

Media outlets report that representatives for Trump bought the winery Thursday and Trump is in talks with former owners William Moses and Patricia Kluge about running the operation. Kluge Estate Winery & Vineyards in Charlottesville was put up for sale by a creditor bank. Preliminary estimates indicate the property sold for less than $7.5 million before fees. It was estimated to be worth more than $70 million before the recession. Trump also successfully bid on the winery's trademarks and labels.

— Associated Press

Beauty mogul's portraits to sell

Helena Rubinstein, the self-made businesswoman whose name was synonymous with elegance and beauty, was also a patron of the arts and often sat for Salvador Dali and other celebrated artists. Twenty portraits of her are slated to be auctioned off at Sotheby's in two separate sales — five on May 3 and 4 and the others in October.

Among them is Dali's 1943 painting of her, "Princess Arthchild Gourielle-Helena Rubinstein," which depicts Rubinstein chained to a rocky cliff by her jewels. The portrait is estimated to bring $1 million to $1.5 million on May 3. The portraits are being sold by the Helena Rubinstein Foundation. They will be displayed in Sotheby's galleries beginning Saturday.

— Associated Press

Musicians' strike ends in Detroit

The musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra voted Friday to end their six-month strike, accepting steep pay cuts in order to return to work. The vote brings to an end a bitter and costly walkout that was one of the lengthiest in the classical-music world in recent years. As part of their agreement, musicians agreed to pay cuts of almost 25%, said Greg Bowens, a representative for the musicians. Management had originally sought pay cuts estimated at around 30%. The new three-year contract, which was ratified Friday, is the result of marathon negotiations last weekend. Rehearsals resumed this week, and there are free concerts scheduled for this weekend. A spokeswoman for the orchestra said that the new contract begins retroactively Monday and runs through Aug. 31, 2014. As part of the contract, the orchestra has reduced the number of musicians to 85 from 96.

Karl Pituch, chairman of the musicians' negotiating committee, said in a statement that he is relieved that the strike is over, "but the problems which led to the strike, and those who were responsible for those problems, continue."

— David Ng

Clapton gets into the jazz groove

Eric Clapton fulfilled a childhood fantasy as the rock star turned to jazz with a performance with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The performance on Thursday was a benefit for the orchestra. The hour-long concert featured Clapton playing songs like "Corrine, Corrina" and "Joe Turner's Blues." He also did a jazzed-up version of his classic "Layla."

— Associated Press

Senator derides Snooki event

One New Jersey lawmaker doesn't think reality TV star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is worth the $32,000 she was paid to dish her GTL — gym, tanning, laundry — lifestyle at Rutgers University. State Sen. Joe Kyrillos says students attending public colleges shouldn't be required to fund entertainment they find objectionable through mandatory activity fees. Snooki last week was paid $2,000 more than the $30,000 the university is paying Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison to deliver the commencement address. The Republican lawmaker said he plans to sponsor legislation allowing students to opt into campus events requiring a fee. The lawmaker says he's certain there were many Rutgers students who were uninterested or "flat-out outraged" by Snooki's appearance.

— Associated Press

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