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Quick Takes: Your name at the Bowl

March 06, 2013

If you have the money and the desire, certain parts of the Hollywood Bowl can be renamed after you and your loved ones, under a new plan from the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The orchestra received approval from the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to pursue a plan that would allow the selling of naming rights for certain sections of the historic outdoor music venue. Money from sales would go toward improvements to Bowl infrastructure.

The orchestra shell and the Bowl itself will not be renamed. But the L.A. Philharmonic is planning to offer other parts of the venue, such as the main stage and the box office plaza, for naming rights.

Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said in an interview that the plan "could raise a good sum of money [for the Bowl] without relying on the taxpayer dime."

He said signage bearing donors' names will be tasteful and understated, as it is at Walt Disney Concert Hall. "This will allow the Philharmonic and the Bowl to be at the cutting edge for the next several generations," he said.

—David Ng

Jepsen cancels Boy Scouts gig

Carly Rae Jepsen has a message for the Boy Scouts: Don't call me.

Four days after an Eagle Scout filed a petition on Change.org, Jepsen has called off her scheduled appearance at this summer's National Scout Jamboree, which is to be held July 15 to 24 in West Virginia.

Derek Nance's petition asked the "Call Me Maybe" singer to "denounce the Boy Scouts' policy banning gay youth and parents." Last month, the organization put off a decision on whether to lift that restriction, saying it needed more time to examine the "complexity of this issue."

"As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer," Jepsen wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

—Mikael Wood

Hasty Pudding salutes Lynton

Harvard's Hasty Pudding Institute honored Sony Pictures Chairman and Chief Executive Michael Lynton with its first Order of the Golden Sphinx award at Manhattan's Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Lynton was singled out by the philanthropic organization for his work supporting arts education over the course of his career at the Walt Disney Co., Time Warner and Sony.

The 350-person dinner Monday raised $1.5 million for the Hasty Pudding Institute and featured performances by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Harvard's all-male, cross-dressing theater troupe, and the Krokodiloes, its a capella group.

Over the years, Hasty Pudding has honored a slew of Hollywood stars, including Bob Hope, Claire Danes, Justin Timberlake and Carol Burnett, with its man and woman of the year awards. But Lynton is the first Hollywood executive to be honored by the group.

—Meredith Blake

Hip-hop at the Kennedy Center

Hip-hop artists including rappers Nas and Somalia-born K'naan will take center stage in an unexpected place next year, highlighting their generation and art form alongside opera, ballet and theater at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The center in Washington, D.C., announced Tuesday that its 2013-14 season would include the weeklong festival "One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide."

The festival will open with Nas rapping with musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra on music from his classic debut album "Illmatic."

The festival will also feature Puerto Rican musicians Calle 13 and a graffiti exhibition.

"Hip-hop is clearly something new and different for us," Kennedy Center President Michael Kaiser said. "I think to do something very current is important. We're trying to speak to many different audiences."

—Associated Press

Lamb of God singer acquitted

Randy Blythe, frontman for the Virginia heavy metal band Lamb of God, has been acquitted of manslaughter in the death of a 19-year-old fan at a 2010 concert in Prague, Czech Republic.

A Prague municipal court acquitted Blythe, who was charged in December with causing bodily harm to another person with lethal consequences.

The singer, who spent five weeks imprisoned in the Czech Republic last year, was accused of pushing the young man from the stage during the concert; the fan later died of head injuries.

Blythe, 42, had pleaded not guilty to the charge, which could have resulted in a five-year prison sentence if he'd been convicted.

"I had no wish to harm him," Blythe said. "He was just a boy. I wish he was still here."

Prosecutors plan to appeal the verdict.

—Reed Johnson

Finally

Film fest: The 2013 AFI Fest will be held in Hollywood from Nov. 7 to 14, the American Film Institute said.

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