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Michael resuming concerts


George Michael says he is in good health and resuming a concert tour cut short when he contracted life-threatening pneumonia last year.

The former Wham! singer was in the middle of an extensive tour when he fell ill in Vienna in November.

On Tuesday he announced that the “Symphonica” tour would resume with two shows in Vienna on Sept. 4 and 6. Michael says he will give 1,000 tickets for the first concert to medical staff who helped treat him.

Rioting nets jail

A judge has sent a cast member of the “Harry Potter” films to prison for taking part in rioting that flared across England last summer.

Judge Simon Carr sentenced Jamie Waylett, who played Hogwarts bully Vincent Crabbe in six of the films, to two years in jail.

A jury at London’s Wood Green Crown Court found Waylett guilty Tuesday of violent disorder but acquitted him of another charge of intending to destroy or damage property with a fire bomb he was holding.

Waylett has a previous conviction for growing marijuana.

Edna to retire

Dame Edna Everage, the Tony Award-winning drag act known for her purple hair and oversized rhinestone eyeglasses, will soon open her final stage show tour in Australia. It comes 57 years after her debut.

Publicist Kerry O’Brien said Tuesday that Barry Humphries – the actor and satirist who created Australia’s self-proclaimed housewife-superstar – wants to take the farewell show “Eat Pray Laugh!” to Britain and New York after the two-month Australian tour that begins in June.

Summer events

We are seeking submissions for our Summer Events Guide, listing activities from May 27 to Sept. 2. The guide includes festivals in Indiana and Ohio, concerts, stage performances and art exhibits. Send listings to Terri Richardson at The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802; email or fax 461-8648. Include event name, date, time, location, cost and a contact number. Deadline to receive items is April 27.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Actress Kathleen Widdoes is 73. Singer-keyboardist Rose Stone is 67. Actor Timothy Dalton is 66. Singer Eddie Money is 63. Actress Sabrina LeBeauf is 54. Actor Gary Oldman is 54. Actor Matthew Broderick is 50. Actress-comedian Rosie O’Donnell is 50.