Keeping son’s memory alive

It’s been more than a year since the son of Usher’s ex-wife Tameka Raymond died in a boating accident on a Georgia lake.

Raymond is working to keep the memory of son Kile Glover alive, honoring him with the first Give Thanks 5K run/walk this morning at Chastain Park in Atlanta. She wants to raise money for the Kile’s World Foundation’s art initiatives and upcoming camps.

“I know when I’ll be running, I will be thinking of him,” Raymond said of her son, who was run over by a personal watercraft on Lake Lanier, northeast of Atlanta, last year. The 11-year-old boy died two weeks after being critically injured in the accident.

9 years sought in acid attack

Russian prosecutors on Friday demanded a nine-year jail sentence for the Bolshoi soloist accused of masterminding an acid attack on the world-renowned theater’s artistic director.

Star dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko is alleged to have hired the two men who carried out the Jan. 17 attack that left Sergei Filin with severe burns and nearly blinded.

Filin has run the world’s biggest and most-prestigious ballet company since 2011.

The prosecution asked for a 10-year sentence for Yuri Zarutsky, who is accused of throwing the sulfuric acid at Filin, and six years for his driver, news agencies reported from Moscow’s Meshchansky District Court.

The verdict is due Tuesday.

National Theatre reopening

A Washington theater with a long history of incubating Broadway-bound shows is getting a rebirth of its own while hosting a new world premiere from the creative team behind “Next to Normal” and the star power of “Rent.”

Although long neglected and underused – and left dark for all but five weeks last year – the National Theatre is opening its first season under new management with a show that’s already generating plenty of buzz.

“If/Then,” which reunites Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp and director Michael Greif from “Rent,” is in the midst of its pre-Broadway tryout after weeks of technical rehearsals and tweaks. The new musical wonders aloud “what if” life could be different and follows diverging paths based on 39-year-old Elizabeth’s choices and fate. It’s all tied together with a promising score.

The $10 million musical runs through Dec. 8 in Washington. It’s then scheduled to begin previews in New York in March.

White House tree arrives

Christmas has come to the White House. Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha and the family’s two dogs have accepted an 18-and-a-half-foot Douglas fir as the official White House Christmas tree.

The tree was presented to the first lady by Christopher Botek, a second-generation Christmas tree farmer from Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Pa.

The tree was hauled up the driveway by horse-drawn wagon and is destined for the Blue Room. There it will stand tall as the main attraction of White House Christmas decorations.