Hartford isn’t happy
Hartford’s mayor said Thursday comedian Dave Chappelle should “quit whining” about being heckled.
Chappelle walked off a stage last week after being heckled in the state capital. Audio posted on TMZ.com shows Chappelle praised an audience in Chicago on Tuesday for being “so much better than Hartford.”
“I don’t want anything bad to happen to the United States,” Chappelle said in Chicago. “But if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut.”
Mayor Pedro Segarra called Chappelle’s remarks “immature and inappropriate.”
“Dave Chappelle should stick to his job, give the fans what they paid for and not disparage the good people of Hartford,” Segarra said in a statement. He also sent a Tweet saying Chappelle should “quit whining, do his job and try some yoga.”
Struthers takes plea deal
Maine prosecutors have dropped a drunken-driving charge against actress Sally Struthers under an agreement in which she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.
Struthers, 66, didn’t have to appear in court in Alfred last week when her plea was entered to a charge of driving to endanger. The Portland Press Herald reports she was ordered to pay $1,210 in fines and fees, and her driver’s license was suspended for a month.
Police arrested her Sept. 12, 2012, in the resort town of Ogunquit, where she was performing at the Ogunquit Playhouse in the musical “9 to 5.”
Israel gets Avedon photos
The Israel Museum in Jerusalem has received a major gift of 74 portraits by photographer Richard Avedon from three New York City donors.
The joint gift was announced Friday by philanthropist Leonard Lauder, gallery owner Larry Gagosian and the Richard Avedon Foundation.
The works include a 1970 photographic mural of poet Allen Ginsberg’s family.
There’s also a complete set of four smaller-format murals created between 1969 and 1971. Those also focus on individuals, including Andy Warhol.
Other works include a portfolio of 69 prints from 1976 of political, financial and intellectual figures. It was first published in Rolling Stone magazine..
Katy Perry having fun
On her new album, Katy Perry says that although she’s “older and wiser,” she still plans to have fun.
The 28-year-old pop star debuted 12 songs from “Prism” in front of an audience of 100 industry insiders and journalists Thursday night in New York. The beat-driven album features likable, radio-friendly tracks, much like her multi-hit 2010 effort, “Teenage Dream.”
Perry played songs like the ’80s-inspired “Birthday,” which she called “something like Mariah Carey would have put on her first album.” She said “Unconditionally” was her favorite song, and she was “proud to have written” it.
“Prism,” due out Oct. 22, features producers Dr. Luke, Klas Ahlund, Sia, Bloodshy and Greg Kurstin. Her first single, “Roar,” bumped Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week.