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German disco legend group Boney M. AFP Photo / Abbas Momani
German disco legend group Boney M. AFP Photo / Abbas Momani

Retro music festival returns to Dubai

Also: French director Patrice Chereau dies; Garth and Spelling to co-star in ABC Family pilot; Lindsay Lohan may open rehab centre; K-pop singer Rain plans a tour

The retro music festival Mixtape Rewind returns to Dubai on January 17 with another constellation of faded stars. Headlining the bill are the German disco legends Boney M, who will arrive at the Emirates Golf Club with hits including Rivers of Babylon, Daddy Cool and Rasputin. Also performing are the Vengaboys with their hit We Like to Party, the It’s My Life singer Dr Alban and N’Trance, the British group responsible for dance covers of the classics Stayin’ Alive and Da Ya Think I’m Sexy. Rounding off the bill are the pop duo Snap, back after a standout performance during last year’s inaugural event. Tickets cost Dh295 and will go on sale soon. Visit www.facebook.com/sundancelive.

K-pop star Rain to hold first concert in Japan

The South Korean pop icon Rain will visit Japan next month for his first concert tour after 21 months of mandatory military service. The 2013 Rain Zepp Tour: Story of Rain will begin in Nagoya on November 14, Rain’s management agency Cube DC said. The tour marks the 11th anniversary of Rain’s debut and will also take him to Fukuoka, Osaka and Tokyo. The 31-year-old, whose real name is Jung Ji-Hoon, is one of the biggest names in the world of K-pop, which has a huge following in South Korea, across much of Asia and beyond. In January, Rain was confined to barracks for a week after he sneaked out to meet the TV drama star Kim Tae-Hee. Celebrities frequently attempt to evade military service for fear they might be forgotten. – AFP

French director Patrice Chéreau dies

Patrice Chéreau, the celebrated French theatre, opera and cinema director, 68, died on Monday. “He had an extraordinary vitality until the end,” said Elisabeth Tanner, the co-director of the Artmedia agency that represented Chéreau, as she confirmed his death after a long illness. Chéreau made 10 films including the Oscar-nominated and Cannes jury prize winner La Reine Margot, and Intimacy, which scooped the Berlin Golden Bear for best film in 2001. He was one of the greats of French theatre, but made his name outside his country with his 1976 staging of Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the Bayreuth Festival. – AFP

Lindsay Lohan may open rehab centre

Lindsay Lohan is keen on opening a rehabilitation centre and naming it after herself. The 26-year-old, who has been to rehab six times for her alcohol addiction, wants to help others, reports Radar Online. “She’s talked to some of her wealthy friends who are sober about the prospect of opening up a rehab centre,” said a source. “Lindsay loves the idea and really believes that if her name is attached to it, it will help draw attention to sobriety.” – IANS

Garth and Spelling to co-star in ABC Family pilot

The former Beverly Hills, 90210 stars Jennie Garth and Tori Spelling are reuniting. The actresses will co-star and executive produce the new ABC Family series Mystery Girls. Spelling and Garth will play Holly and Charlie, the former co-stars of a popular 90s crime-solving series. Spelling’s Holly opens a detective agency and persuades Charlie, now a suburban mum, to help. Mystery Girls is set to shoot in November. Spelling and Garth remained on the original Beverly Hills, 90210 for its entire 10 seasons. Garth was featured on the first two seasons of the recent CW 90210 spin-off, while Spelling guest-starred in two episodes. — AP

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