Red Hot Chili Peppers cancel O.C. performance after lead singer Anthony Kiedis is taken to hospital

Los Angeles Times

An Orange County performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers was canceled Saturday night when singer Anthony Kiedis was taken to a hospital because of an illness, the radio station KROQ confirmed. The band was headlining KROQ's annual Weenie Roast at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. The Orange County Register reported that Empire of the Sun had finished its set around 9:30 p.m. when the other members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers took the stage and bassist Flea told the crowd that the band would be unable to play. Billboard reported that a radio station representative said Kiedis was taken from the venue in an ambulance suffering from extreme stomach pain. This year's Weenie Roast also featured Weezer, Panic!


Monty Python's Terry Jones is diagnosed with dementia

Los Angeles Times

Terry Jones, the 74-year-old star of the English comedy troupe Monty Python, has been diagnosed with a severe form of dementia. The diagnosis was made public as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced Wednesday that Jones was set to receive its Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television. "Terry has been diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia, a variant of frontotemporal dementia," a representative for Jones said in the BAFTA press release. "This illness affects his ability to communicate and he is no longer able to give interviews. Terry is proud and honoured to be recognised in this way and is looking forward to the celebrations."


Music therapy for traumatised Palestinian children

Al Jazeera

Bethlehem, occupied West Bank - Posters emblazoned with youthful faces dot the walls that line Aida refugee camp's narrow, grey alleyways: faces of camp residents killed by Israeli forces. Nights here can be long and terrifying. Israeli soldiers use the cover of darkness to launch raids, fire tear gas and arrest camp youth for throwing stones or being affiliated with Palestinian political parties. For the children of Aida, it is a grim way to grow up. Israel's separation wall hems the camp in on one side, while Israeli snipers watch over the crowded homes from heavily guarded watchtowers.


'Time Traveling Bong,' a smoke-fueled miniseries on Comedy Central

Los Angeles Times

It's April 20, which (for pretty random reasons, but nothing to do with police code) is, like, national pot-smoking day. Marijuana is, of course, still mostly illegal, though if television is anything to go by, practically speaking, not so much: It's no longer the catalyst of cautionary tales, a gateway to the harder stuff, but more often of comedy -- a gateway to the sillier stuff. In celebration of this "holiday," Comedy Central is offering "Time Traveling Bong," a series of sketches threaded into a three-night miniseries from some makers of "Broad City," a series in which weed is just a thing you have. Written by Ilana Glazer, Paul W. Downs (who costars with Glazer) and Lucia Aniello (who also directs), it follows the adventures of squabbling cousin-roommates (Glazer and Downs) who on a stoned trip to the convenience store come into possession of the eponymous bong, a smoke-powered time machine. He is unhappy living in "the 20-teens" and needs to "learn to masturbate without porn" (it's a plot device), while she needs to be liberated from her oafish boyfriend and straightened hair -- so they go.


Mob burns down mosque in Myanmar

Al Jazeera

A mob has burned down a mosque in northern Myanmar - the second such attack in just over a week in the predominantly Buddhist nation. The state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported on Saturday that security forces in Hpakant in Kachin state were unable to stop the attackers. It said the attack on Friday came after mosque authorities failed to meet a June 30 deadline to tear down the structure to make way for a bridge. In a separate incident, a mob on June 23 demolished a mosque in Bago Region, about 60km northeast of the capital Yangon. There has been sporadic but fierce violence against Muslims in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar since rioting in 2012 forced more than 100,000 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority to flee their homes in western Rakhine State.