People talk 4/1/02

Monday, April 1, 2002

Perez joins colleagues in battling violence

NEW YORK -- Tears mixed with laughter as an all-star cast of black, Hispanic and Asian performers staged a version of "The Vagina Monologues" at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem.

Salma Hayek, Rosie Perez, LisaGay Hamilton, Lynn Whitfield, rapper Eve, and several other artists took part in "V-Day Harlem," a benefit Saturday to raise awareness about violence against women.

"Tonight, we begin to heal the women of Harlem, and all of the women of the world," said Perez, who along with Hamilton, worked to bring the event to Harlem.

The actress read passages from Eve Ensler's hit stage show. The dramatic and comedic performances were interspersed with performances from Eve, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Denyce Graves, the Eddie Torres Latin Dance Company and R&B singer Amel Larrieux.

"I feel so honored that women of color feel my words," said Ensler, who is white, as she embraced Perez and Hamilton.

Among the celebrities in attendance were Cynthia Nixon, of HBO's "Sex and the City," and actor Edward Norton, Hayek's boyfriend.

Proceeds from the evening's performance were to go to several black, Hispanic and Asian women's anti-violence organizations.

The event served as the reopening of the Apollo Theatre, which had closed for several weeks of renovations.

'Beautiful Mind' subject gets to keep house

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- John Nash, whose life was chronicled in the Oscar-winning movie "A Beautiful Mind," will get to keep his home.

State and local officials rejected a plan to condemn the property where Nash has lived for 30 years with his wife, Alicia, and their son.

"That's wonderful," Mrs. Nash told The Times of Trenton days after returning home from the Academy Awards, where "A Beautiful Mind" won for best picture.

Officials had considered several proposals to move a bridge, one of which would have required obtaining the Nashes' property and tearing down the home.

State transportation officials said Thursday they would not seek to destroy the home.

-- From wire reports

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