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Published: 4/21/2009

Crosby, Stills, Nash; Legend slated in Toledo Zoo summer concert series

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Performers have been announced for two shows in the Toledo Zoo s summer concert series.

Crosby, Stills, and Nash will perform at 7:30 p.m. June 7. John Legend, with special guest India.Arie, will perform at 7 p.m. July 20. Shows will be in the zoo amphitheater.

Tickets for both concerts go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at Ticketmaster outlets, livenation.com, and the zoo s main box office. Prices have not yet been announced. Information: 419-385-5721.

APPEAL SCHEDULED

A court official says Madonna s appeal in her bid to adopt a 3-year-old girl from Malawi will be heard in May.

A judge rejected Madonna s application to adopt Chifundo Mercy James earlier this month, saying the pop superstar had not met residency requirements. Madonna appealed the ruling.

Court official Joseph Chigona said Monday the case will come up May 4 before three Supreme Court of Appeal judges.

Madonna s Malawian lawyer, Alan Chinula, said he was anticipating that the appeal will succeed. The hearing will not be in open court and Madonna is not required to be present.

DA VINCI SEQUEL

At last, a new Dan Brown novel is coming.

Six years after the release of Brown s mega-selling The Da Vinci Code, the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group announced that his The Lost Symbol, a thriller set during a 12-hour period, features the fictional, mystery-solving Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, will come out in September.

The Da Vinci Code has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide.

GREEN GAME

Green prizes are coming on down at The Price is Right.

In observance of Earth Day, tomorrow s episode of the CBS game show will feature environmentally friendly products including cell phones made of recycled materials, solar charging equipment, and a recycling cabinet.

Environmentalist and actor Ed Begley, Jr., will introduce a showcase that includes an electric bike, golf cart, and Toyota Prius hybrid car. Trips offered during the show will be paired with donations to offset carbon emissions.

CBS soap operas As the World Turns, The Young and the Restless, and Guiding Light will recognize Earth Day within their sudsy plots.

More than ever there are things that we can do that are really simple to do, said Barbara Bloom, senior vice president of daytime for CBS. We can do that as people who supply entertainment. We are a powerful tool for messaging. I just wanted to remind people that it s very easy to keep this in your consciousness as you go through your life.

CHANGE OF HEART

Oprah Winfrey decided yesterday to pull an already-taped episode of her show that was to mark the 10th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre.

The episode, 10 Years Later: The Truth about Columbine, was to air yesterday on the anniversary of the massacre in Littleton, Colo., that killed 12 students and a teacher.

I decided to pull the Columbine show today. After reviewing it, I thought it focused too much on the killers. Today, hold a thought for the Columbine community. This is a hard day for them, Winfrey wrote on Oprah.com.

Columbine Task Force lead investigator Kate Battan, FBI special agent Dwayne Fuselier, Dave Cullen author of the book Columbine and Columbine High School principal Frank DeAngelis had taped the episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

IDOL DOCUMENTARY

The Gospel Music Channel will shine the spotlight on American Idol.

Filmmaker David Lewis From Idol to Inspiration will premiere Thursday before the Gospel Music Association s 40th annual Dove Awards telecast. The one-hour documentary explores the effect of the Fox network singing competition on Christian music.

The documentary features interviews with several former Idol finalists and with Maria Santiago, sister-in-law of current finalist Danny Gokey, who has worked for eight years at Faith Builders International in Milwaukee and at its sister congregation in Beloit, Wis.

Mandisa Hundley, Chris Sligh, Phil Stacey, and Melinda Doolittle are the ex-Idol finalists featured in the documentary.



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