Legendary rock clubCBGB says goodbye
NEW YORK -- The final chords reverberated off the black, sticker-covered walls of CBGB as the grungy, iconic club toasted the end of its 33-year residence in New York.
Rock poet Patti Smith headlined the Sunday night concert, CBGB's last before eviction by its landlord -- the Bowery Residents Committee, a homeless advocacy group that owns the property. The club will close Oct. 31.
Hundreds of music fans packed the small downtown club Sunday, while reporters hovered outside. The mood was both somber and raucous at CBGB, hailed by many as the birthplace of punk.
"This place is not a ... temple," Smith said during the concert. "It is what it is."
She refused to wax nostalgic, instead claiming at a pre-show news conference that doubled as a sound check that "CBGB's is a state of mind" that will carry on elsewhere for a new generation.
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea surprised the audience, joining Smith's band for much of her second set. Having turned 44 at midnight, he was treated to a loud, enthusiastic "Happy Birthday" by the band and crowd.
Boy targed for adoptionby Madonna boards flight
LILONGWE, Malawi -- A 1-year-old boy whom Madonna and her husband are seeking to adopt left for England on Monday, flying first on a chartered plane to South Africa, then on a regularly scheduled flight to London, where the singer has a home.
The boy, David Banda, was accompanied by two Britons and two Americans, one of whom listed her occupation as nanny, according to an immigration official at the airport in Malawi who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
In a statement, Madonna's publicist, Liz Rosenberg, said the family expected to be reunited in coming days, but she declined to offer details.
"She's going to do her best to not make it a public circus," Rosenberg said. "It's not my sense that she would want to expose the whole thing to public scrutiny."
Actor says soldiersare loyal to friends
ROME -- For Viggo Mortensen, it's loyalty to friends -- not to flag or country -- that keeps soldiers on the battlefield, as depicted by his character in the film "Alatriste" about a soldier in 17th century Spain.
"Alatriste is not really fighting for his king, but for his friends," the 47-year-old actor said Monday before presenting the movie at the Rome Film Festival.
"There's a sense of honor and pride, some of them, of course, fight for their countries, but for some, first comes friendship, the people you're there with," Mortensen said, going as far as to compare his character, an aloof and loyal hero to "the American, Italian or even Spanish soldiers who fight in Iraq."
Mostly shot in Andalusia, Spain, the movie is based on Arturo Perez-Reverte's saga of Captain Alatriste. It's been an enormous success in the author's native Spain and in Latin America.
The first-ever Rome Film Festival has drawn a handful of stars promoting their films to the Italian capital, although the 16 films in competition are mostly smaller films.
"Alatriste" was being shown out of competition. The festival runs through Saturday.
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