A Pair of Stars: Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly, who starred as "Cagney & Lacey" in the hit CBS series from 1982 to 1988, will get matching stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in a ceremony starting at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Gless and Daly played a pair of policewomen who tackled such touchy subjects as date rape, abortion and alcoholism in a tough New York precinct. The pioneering show amassed 14 Emmys and was recently brought back as a two-hour movie. A second "Cagney & Lacey" movie is due in May. The actresses's stars will be at 7065 Hollywood Blvd. in front of the Screen Actors Guild building.
Indie Films Get Outlet: The Independent Film Channel, which showcases works by independent filmmakers, will be carried on Century Cable systems in West Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and other areas. The launch, the first for the channel on the West Coast, will add 128,000 subscribers, beginning this week. Kathleen Dore, vice president of IFC, said that channel will sponsor--and carry coverage of--the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival on April 6-10.
Don't Forget Mr. Ed: Saddling up for an early 1996 start is a cable pay channel for horse lovers. The Premier Horse Network will be aimed at the estimated 27 million Americans who ride, and will feature horse shows, rodeos, horse racing--anything equine.
Making Peace: Paramount boss Sherry Lansing and Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter reportedly have settled their differences over a bathing suit photo of Lansing that Vanity Fair featured in its current Hollywood issue. Lansing was even planning to attend Monday night's post-Oscar party at Morton's, co-hosted by Carter, according to a Vanity Fair spokesperson. Lansing was upset by use of the photo, which she posed for seven years ago prior to becoming a studio head. But she and Carter met over lunch Friday and made up, the spokesperson said.
Trivia Time: (Or, why should the Sports section have all the fun?) There are 23 plays on the Associated Press' list of Broadway show ticket availability, with 21 rated "available" and two considered "difficult." Which two are hard to get? Hint: Both come from the same composer. (Answer below.)
More Bolshoi Woe: The head of the Bolshoi opera company resigned Monday, the second high-ranking artist to quit in a month in a dispute over the leadership of the world-famous theater, Itar-Tass news agency said. Alexander Lazarev, chief conductor and head of the opera company for seven years, was a supporter of former artistic director Yuri Grigorovich, who stepped down in early March over a long-running dispute with Bolshoi chief Vladimir Kokonin. A third Bolshoi member, chief designer Valery Levantal, had also tendered his resignation, Tass said. Grigorovich and his supporters accused Kokonin of being incompetent and were upset at the introduction of short-term contracts to replace the Soviet-era jobs-for-life system.
Birthday and Bach: EMI Classics threw a New York luncheon to mark the 68th birthday of Russian-born cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and to announce that his recording of Bach's six solo cello suites will be released in June. Rostropovich recorded the works at the Basilique Sainte-Madeleine in Vezelay, France. "Coming inside this church, the arch gave to me the feeling of Bach in music," he said.
Honoring Easy-E: A rap and R&B; concert sponsored by L.A. radio station KKBT-FM (92.3) will be dedicated to the memory of rapper Eazy-E, who died of complications of AIDS on Sunday, the station announced Monday. A portion of the proceeds from the second annual all-day Summer Jam concert, Aug. 13 at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, will be donated to AIDS-related charities in his name. Eazy (real name: Eric Wright) had hosted "The Ruthless Show" on the station since last fall and performed at last year's Summer Jam. The performing lineup for the upcoming concert is still being arranged.
Tom Petty Show Added: A second show for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was added by the Hollywood Bowl for June 10 after a June 9 performance sold out. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Sunday at Ticketmaster's Blockbuster, Tower and Ritmo Latino locations and through Ticketmaster phone lines.
Trivia Answer: The "difficult" tickets are "Sunset Boulevard" with Glenn Close and "The Phantom of the Opera." Both are Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals.