A Shot of Arts

Shea Mullaney and Michael Hogan

• Miss USA Tara Conner admitted to having tried cocaine. But, has she snorted Pixie Sticks? That’s the real question.

• Smile Jamaica, a concert promoting peace is to be held Feb. 10, the 62nd anniversary of Bob Marley’s birth and featuring his sons Stephen, Ky-Mani, Damien and Julian. Is all that smiling because of the music or …

• Weeds star Kevin Nealon and wife, Susan Yeagley, welcomed their first child, Gable Ness Nealon. How long before we see him in an Adam Sandler movie? Not long, I bet.

• John Gray, Mayor of Oshawa, Ontario, declares his own birthday, Mar. 20, “Stephen Colbert Day” upon losing a bet on a local hockey game. Oshawa, you’re no longer on notice!

• Britney Spears put Malibu home she shared with her husband on the market for $13.5 million. House does not include talentless backup dancer.

• In response to Nationwide Insurance commercial starring Kevin Federline, Taco Bell has offered Federline a job to show the excitement of working in fast food. But, is he qualified? I think not.

• Al Franken announced he will be leaving his Air America Radio show on Feb. 14 in order to run for US Senate from Minnesota in 2008. Move over Jesse Ventura, there’s a new “Body” in town.

• Billy Joel releasing first pop single in 14 years, “All My Life.” It was recorded as an anniversary present to his wife, Katie Lee Joel. Will she get royalties? No. What kind of a present is that? Where are the diamonds?

• According to court documents Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock, who both filed for divorce after 3 months of marriage on Nov. 27, will both be officially single again as of May 28. So, gentlemen, get in line now. Behind Borat, of course.

• J.K. Rowling announced that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the final book in the series, will be published on July 21. As far as we know Harry Potter will not be appearing naked. I repeat: Harry Potter will NOT be appearing naked.

• Don Henley announced that The Eagles are working on their first album of new music in nearly 30 years. Look for songs about prunes, false teeth and Rascal scooters.

• Beyonce named the Most Desirable Woman of 2007 in an online poll at askmen.com. Is that better than an Oscar? Jay-Z sure thinks so.