Axilar Moonrise is Joni Mitchell's latest title. It doesn't sing, but it doesn't have to—it's the label on her oil-and-latex painting being exhibited at the Vorpal Gallery in Laguna Beach, Calif. The show includes the works of five other musicians who, like Joni, are former art students. Each arrived at the gallery in a limo. Ron Wood, for one, was not nostalgic for the old days. The Rolling Stones' guitarist once earned $8 a week as a sign painter.
Could it be that Ronald Reagan was shedding a tear over President Carter's Billygate woes? Not likely. He had just gotten sawdust in his eye while cutting up a tree in the front yard of his Pacific Palisades home. After two days of strategy talks with running mate George Bush, the 69-year-old GOP presidential candidate was recharging, as he likes to do, by working outdoors. Stripped for action, he was not at all averse to the image he conjured up with his absence of pork barrel and his pruning shears, what with the budget and all that.
I feel the need, Leif Garrett was saying: "I hate the Iranians for what they've done to our hostages." So the singer stopped at a Manhattan post office to fill out his draft registration form, as required of males born in 1960 and '61. While in town, he went to a party at the Mudd Club for the British rock group the Clash, whose film Rude Boy was opening. The Clash rudely skipped the party, but Garrett had something nice to show for the evening, his current squeeze Kimmberly Brooks, 18.
Like the rest of the world's leaders, President Carter shunned the Cairo funeral of the Shah of Iran. (Ambassador to Egypt Alfred L. Atherton Jr. was the official U.S. representative.) But former President Nixon, unburdened by worries of protocol or diplomacy, did attend "as a mark of personal sympathy" for the deposed monarch, who died at 60 of complications arising from cancer. Nixon marched in procession with the Shah's grieving family, including the Shahbanou, Farah Diba (left), and Prince Reza.
Sandy in tandem
Sandy Duncan, 34, Broadway's longest-flying Peter Pan, needed no wires to stay airborne when she wed former cabaret dance partner and ex-Chorus Line hoofer Don Correia, 29. After the quiet ceremony (her third marriage, his first) at Sandy's penthouse, Don whisked her to the roof for a kiss and a Pan-oramic view of Manhattan. No aeronautics on the honeymoon, though. "I've been flying for a year and a half now," says Sandy. So they'll sail to England on the QE 2.
Onstage as King Arthur in the revival of Camelot, Richard Burton belts out Lerner and Loewe hits. But at softball? The Welsh-born Oxonian gave the American game a go at Shea Stadium, joining the Broadway Show League in a joust with a team of state legislators. Wielding the bat with less pain than he's had lately brandishing Arthur's mighty sword—he cut short one performance when the medication he takes for bursitis sent him looping—Burton got off a bunt. He headed for first, where the ump said, "I dub thee safe," or words to that effect.
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