Lopez to MC jazz festival
George Lopez is taking over as master of ceremonies of the annual Playboy Jazz Festival.
The comedian was announced as the festival's new host Thursday at an event at the Playboy Mansion.
"This is iconic," said the former star of the ABC sitcom "George Lopez" and the TBS talk show "Lopez Tonight." "I've never been here before. I was married for 17 years. I couldn't even have a Playboy air freshener."
The Playboy Jazz Festival is scheduled for June 15-16 at the Hollywood Bowl.
Bill Cosby previously served as the festival's host for more than 30 years. Cosby was a fixture at the gathering of jazz luminaries since the first festival was held in 1979.
Lopez said Cosby called him to give him advice on the gig. His tips included not letting musicians in his dressing room "because they'll eat all your food and drink all your drink," joked Lopez.
This year's show will feature such artists as Herbie Hancock, Jeffrey Osborne, Sheila E. and Grace Kelly, who were on hand at Thursday's event.
Voters in the Vermont town that was once the home-in-exile of the former Soviet dissident author Alexander Solzhenitsyn are expected to decide on an exhibit honoring his 18 years there.
On Town Meeting day Monday in Cavendish, voters will decide whether the town should assume ownership of an historic stone church that would be used to house an exhibit honoring the Nobel laureate who arrived in town in 1977 and stayed until 1995. He died in Russia in 2008.
The house Solzhenitsyn lived in is still occupied by his son Ignat and his family.
There is no monument to Solzhenitsyn's years in Vermont.
Margo Caulfield, of the Cavendish Historical Society, told Vermont Public Radio that visitors regularly ask about Solzhenitsyn. A group of Russian visitors last summer led her to suggest an exhibit.
Federal authorities say platinum-selling rapper Ja Rule is in a New York City jail with a July release date.
The 36-year-old rapper left a state prison in central New York last week after serving most of his two-year sentence for illegal gun possession and went straight into federal custody in a tax evasion case.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons says he has since moved from an upstate jail to Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center, which houses prisoners awaiting court dates or having short terms left on their sentences.
The bureau said Thursday his expected release date is July 28.
Ja Rule admits he failed to pay taxes on more than $3 million earned between 2004 and 2006 while he lived in New Jersey.
A call to his attorney hasn't been returned.