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Dead Members Moving On: Surviving Grateful Dead band members on Tuesday announced plans for “The Further Festival,” a 32-stop national tour featuring Dead guitarist Bob Weir’s band Ratdog, drummer Mickey Hart’s Mystery Box, and singer Bruce Hornsby, who appeared regularly with the Dead in the early 1990s. Also set for the tour--which has been unofficially dubbed “Deadapalooza” or “Return of the Living Dead"--are the bands Los Lobos and Hot Tuna, both of which have been closely associated with the Dead, whose singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia died last August. The traveling show, which kicks off June 20 in Atlanta, is confirmed for Aug. 1 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, with additional Southern California concerts--including a possible stop in San Diego--expected for Aug. 2 and 3. A collaborative jam session between several of the tour’s headliners is expected to close each show.
Sports Emmy Winners: Cable’s ESPN led the 17th annual Sports Emmy Awards in New York Monday night, winning 11 statuettes including three each for its series “ESPN Speedworld” and “Sportscenter.” HBO was next with eight Emmys, Fox and NBC each won six, ABC won two Emmys, and CBS and ESPN2 each picked up one. Among the awards, L.A. Dodgers announcer Vin Scully received a special Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports, HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel: Broken Promises” won in the sports journalism category, NBC’s Bob Costas was named outstanding studio host, ABC’s Al Michaels was named best play-by-play announcer, and Fox’s John Madden was picked as best analyst/commentator.
Mary Sides With Animals: Mary Tyler Moore has loaned her voice and star appeal to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to fight against what the actress and the animal-activist group say is cruelty to pregnant mares on “urine farms.” PETA claims more than 80,000 mares are impregnated each year and held nearly motionless for six months in order to collect their urine to make Premarin, an estrogen drug therapy used to alleviate menopause symptoms and help protect against the onset of osteoporosis. Moore, who narrated a video for PETA that shows the alleged abuse, says she was “appalled” when she heard how Premarin was made, and wants to make people aware that there are also plant-based drugs available. Wyeth-Ayerst, the Canadian company that has manufactured Premarin for more than 50 years, said it regularly investigates claims of abuse on these farms. “It is in our best interest for these animals to be treated well,” a spokeswoman said.
Canvassing L.A.: National Endowment for the Arts chair Jane Alexander has announced that Los Angeles is among six sites nationwide to be included in “American Canvas,” a series of community forums hosted by the cash-strapped NEA and aimed at bringing together regional business and government leaders, educators, parents, religious leaders and others to develop new partnerships to help fund and preserve the arts. The forums, set for Los Angeles on June 19-20, also will take place at sites in Ohio, Utah, Texas, Florida and the Carolinas. The project will culminate with a January meeting in Washington of 100 nationally recognized leaders from all sectors of society.
End of an Era: Patrick Ela has announced his resignation as director of the Craft and Folk Art Museum after a tenure of 21 years at the Wilshire Boulevard institution. “With the museum’s new expanded facility open, exhibitions lining up nicely for the next several years and a committed board of trustees in place, I feel the time is right to move on to other challenges,” he said in a statement released Tuesday. Ela, 47, has not accepted another position. He plans to remain at the museum until the summer to facilitate a transition.
Ed Asner will guest star May 19 in the one-hour season finale of NBC’s “Mad About You.” In the episode--which is sure to attract attention because it features a separation between Paul and Jamie Buchman (Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt), formerly one of TV’s most stable couples--Asner plays an obnoxious, wealthy businessman whose son is engaged to Jamie’s sister Lisa (Anne Ramsay). . . . “Oliver & Company,” Walt Disney’s recently re-released 1988 animated musical starring the voices of Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Joey Lawrence, Dom DeLuise, Cheech Marin and Huey Lewis, will debut on home video Sept. 25, for a limited time only. The movie will sell for $27. . . . The Smashing Pumpkins, whose two-disc “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” album has sold 2.6 million copies since its release last October, will perform Aug. 21 at the Forum. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 9 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets. . . . Cable’s VH1 will mark what would have been Roy Orbison’s 60th birthday today by airing at 5 p.m. “Roy Orbison and Friends,” a 1987 concert taped at Los Angeles’ Ambassador Hotel that was originally broadcast on Cinemax in 1988. The concert features Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and other top rock figures paying tribute to Orbison and joining him in performances of his songs.