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Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation’s press.

MUSIC

Jammin’ at Jamizon: The first Jamizon, an ambitious urban music concert tour put together by Magic Johnson and Quincy Jones’ Vibe magazine, will kick off July 23 in Jacksonville, Fla., and feature performances by Keith Sweat, SWV, Kenny Lattimore, Brownstone and Mark Morrison. The 26-city U.S. tour, which will include an Aug. 23 date at a still-undetermined Southern California venue, will showcase the acts in a festival setting that will include lifestyle booths focusing on black history, fashion, sports and community outreach programs.

Not a Smooth Operation: A Jamaican court issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for singer Sade when she failed to appear in a Montego Bay court to face charges of dangerous driving and disobeying a police officer. Sade’s attorney, Victor Robinson, told the court he had not spoken to his client for several months. The court stayed enforcement of the warrant until Monday, when the case will be called again. The performer has been in Britain with her Jamaican friend for the past several months, a source close to the performer told the Reuters news service.

STAGE

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‘Ambition’ Takes ‘Bird’ Slot: Anthony Clarvoe’s “Ambition Facing West” will replace Ellen McLaughlin’s “Tongue of a Bird” in the Feb. 19-March 29 slot of the Mark Taper Forum’s next season, with “Tongue of a Bird” postponed until the fall of 1998 in order to allow “Heiress” star Cherry Jones to appear in it. “Ambition” follows the fortunes of a Croatian immigrant family from 1910 through the 1980s. It was commissioned by the Taper but premiered at Trinity Repertory Company in Rhode Island.

QUICK TAKES

A former Miller Brewing executive in Milwaukee is suing after being fired for telling a female co-worker about a “Seinfeld” episode in which Jerry tries to remember a girlfriend’s name that rhymes with a female body part. The beer company says the conversation Jerold Mackenzie had was the last straw in a pattern of inappropriate conduct. . . . TBS cable will salute the late Jacques-Yves Cousteau by repeating “Jacques-Yves Cousteau: My First 85 Years,” a two-hour 1995 retrospective, on July 6. The filmmaker-explorer had a 15-year association with TBS, which began in 1982 with the premiere of “The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.” . . . “20th Century Photographs,” a collection of 200 images by the likes of Man Ray, Baron Adolph de Meyer, Diane Arbus and others, will be auctioned today at 6 p.m. at Christie’s salesroom in Beverly Hills. . . . Hal Fishman, lead anchor of KTLA-TV Channel 5’s news for 22 years, has signed a new three-year contract with the station.


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