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Congress and the arts
Former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum joined cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers Tuesday to increase funding for the arts in a year of deep federal budget cuts.
The rocker and classical musician briefly played a jam session together for a gathering of legislators and arts advocates from across the country who planned to visit congressional offices. They performed with bagpiper Cristina Pato and dancing star Lil Buck.
(This being Congress, they tried to pass Buck.)
Sorum said that his mother was a music teacher and that his high-school classes in orchestra, jazz and marching band were critical in launching his career in music and in business. He recently started a charity to support arts education in Los Angeles.
"This is the coolest thing I've done since Madison Square Garden, I've got to say," he said. " Slash is going to be really jealous."
The group Americans for the Arts is pushing for funding to be restored to $155 million for both the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Last year, both agencies received about $146 million and lost about $7 million of that because of Congress' automatic budget cuts.
That $310 million requested for the arts would be a molecule on a drop of the $3.8 trillion-list of Federal expenses from 2012.
* In a follow-up to Tuesday's Farrah Abraham sex-tape story, co-star James Deen has spilled more than his seed.
He told TMZ.com that the whole idea was Farrah's and that the idea was to make a porn film and pass it off as a "sex tape."
The plan sort of fell apart when the couple were spotted at XXX producer Vivid.
Deen gave Farrah high marks, however, in case whatever she does for a living falls apart.
Farrah's mother, meanwhile, has denied that her daughter would make a sex tape because of her religious beliefs.
Mom is always the last to know.
* Unclear on your position on fracking?
If you think the documentary "Gasland" went a little too far in its demonization of the pressurized, deep-drilling, gas-extraction process, the Bryn Mawr Film Institute (824 W. Lancaster Ave.) has a 7 p.m. showing Wednesday of Phelim McAleer's "Fracknation."
McAleer will also be there for what's likely to be a spirited Q&A.
* Rihanna and Chris Brown have reportedly split up again.
Fortunately, Rihanna does not have a split lip again.
* Stephen Colbert lured former President Bill Clinton to Twitter on "The Colbert Report" on Monday, signing him up with the handle PrezBillyJeff. Clinton dictated his first message to Colbert, who typed: "Just spent an amazing time with Colbert! Is he sane? He is cool!"
Whether Clinton would continue to use the account is uncertain. Colbert's hand is clearly in the account's bio, too. It reads: "Stephen Colbert is my BFF."
By Tuesday morning, the account had amassed nearly 50,000 followers and was climbing fast.
Tattle's Twitter account, by the way, is @DNTattle. Only 49,893 followers to go.
* Lil Wayne, Ron Howard, Scarlett Johansson and Kim Kardashian are among more than 99 entertainers calling on President Obama to focus on changing drug laws. Rap mogul Russell Simmons helped assemble the coalition of celebrities and civil-rights leaders that presented a letter to the president on Tuesday.
The group praises the president's efforts toward drug-incarceration reform but insists that "the time is right" to move toward replacing jail sentences with intervention and rehabilitation for nonviolent offenders. The starry group, which also includes Jennifer Hudson, Nicki Minaj, Susan Sarandon and Will Smith, also asks Obama to form a panel to handle clemency requests and to support a measure that allows judges to waive mandatory-minimum sentences.
Drug offenders comprise nearly half the federal-prison population in the U.S.
- Daily News wire services
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