`Bartmobile' wins Mediocre Award Jeff Bartolomeo, 32...

People And Places

May 02, 2000

`Bartmobile' wins Mediocre Award

Jeff Bartolomeo, 32, and J.R. Owens, 54, got their "Bartmobile" across the finish line third in Saturday's Second Annual East Coast National Championship Kinetic Sculpture Race. But thanks to a number of penalties in the race that's more concept than contest, their overall finish was exactly in the middle of the field, earning them the coveted "Mediocre Award" and an invitation to California.

The Rodgers Forge entry, one of 12 in this year's contest sponsored by the American Visionary Art Museum, survived failed propellers, a breakdown in a sand pit and a near-swamping in the Inner Harbor to take the tongue-in-cheek race award.

As champions of the East Coast finals, Team Bartmobile is now invited to the 31st International Finals in Northern California over Memorial Day weekend. This race should be a real challenge to mediocrity -- it covers 39 miles from Ferndale to Arcata, three times the distance of the Inner Harbor race.

`Revolver' is Britain's best

Music writers yesterday picked the Beatles' "Revolver" as the best British album ever made.

The 1966 record, containing such pop classics as "Eleanor Rigby," topped a list of 100 albums picked by journalists at Q magazine.

The Beatles accounted for six entries in the Top 100. Runner-up was Radiohead's 1997 album "OK Computer."

Just two female performers made the chart -- Kate Bush and Dusty Springfield.

Minnelli cancels shows

Liza Minnelli is in the hospital with a hip problem and has canceled coming tour dates for "Minnelli on Minnelli."

"My show is physically demanding, and I was doing more damage with each performance and causing myself a great deal of pain. I simply could not continue with the show," she said in a statement yesterday.

"It became clear that it wasn't possible to give my fans, who have gotten me through this before, the show that I love to do and that they deserve," she said.

Minnelli, 54, has had two surgeries on her right hip. The replacements have hampered her mobility, and several of the show's numbers are done sitting in a chair.

Parker takes on Brit film

Filmmaker Alan Parker, who fled to Hollywood 15 years ago in disgust at the state of the British film industry, today unveils his plan to revive it.

The abrasive British director behind "The Commitments" and "Midnight Express" once lambasted Britain's movie business for what he called an obsession with pretentious art films.

Today, he will announce his strategy for injecting some commercial fizz at the helm of the Film Council, a new agency overseeing the bulk of the government's film funding.

"One thing about Alan is he will not be complacent," said Bertrand Mouiller, head of film at the Producers' Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT). "He will challenge the system and the lack of ambition which has characterized British film."

Parker, 56, who left Britain to make a string of commercially successful films including "Fame" and "Angel Heart," will have more than $235 million to spend over the next three years.

Baldwin helps open stage

Actor and soon-to-be director Alec Baldwin lent his ribbon-cutting talents yesterday to a new, 28,000-square foot sound stage in the Hamptons, the well-to-do resort towns on eastern Long Island.

Ernie Schimizzi, vice president of the operation, called Pinewood West, said Hollywood talent floods into the Hamptons every year, so he hopes the facility will attract top directors and other luminaries.

Baldwin, who has a house with wife Kim Basinger in nearby Amagansett, will christen the sound stage later this month, when he is scheduled to direct and star in "The Devil and Daniel Webster."

Bakker preaches, pitches

Former televangelist Jim Bakker preached, prophesied and pitched his autobiography, "I Was Wrong," to about 300 people at a church in Greensboro, N.C. Bakker, his wife, Lori Bakker, and his daughter, Tammy Sue Bakker, took turns touting their ministries: helping ex-gang members in Los Angeles ghettos; counseling women emotionally scarred by abortion; and saving lost souls in prison, where Jim Bakker served five years for bilking his PTL ministries of millions of dollars.

Bakker talked about deceit, sin, forgiveness and the rarity of his public appearances these days. He said he turns down nearly all speaking invitations but came to the nondenominational Christ Covenant Church on Sunday as a favor to Derek Floyd, a former PTL singer and Christ Covenant's minister of music.

Today's birthdays

Actor Theodore Bikel is 76.

Actor Roscoe Lee Browne is 75.

Bianca Jagger is 55.

Country singer R.C. Bannon is 55.

Singer Lesley Gore is 54.

Singer-songwriter Larry Gatlin is 52.

Rock singer Lou Gramm (Foreigner) is 50.

Actress Christine Baranski is 48.

Actress Elizabeth Berridge is 38.

Country singer Ty Herndon is 38.

Actress Jenna Von Oy is 23.

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