Wed, 02 Apr 2003

Idris Sardi to make a comeback

JAKARTA: Idris Sardi, Indonesia's best-known violinist, will take center stage in Jakarta in June, almost 10 years after his retirement, his publicist said on Tuesday.

Sardi's last concert was on Aug. 9, 1994 when he performed for the 29th anniversary of Kompas daily. He called it his "farewell concert".

His planned concert on June 18, 2003 at Sahid Jaya Hotel, Jakarta, will mark his 65th birthday and 50 years in the profession.

"He wants to present something wonderful to God and to Indonesia for all the great talent bestowed on him," his publicist Joan Henuhili-Raturandang said.

In the upcoming concert titled Persembahan Idris Sardi 2003 (Idris Sardi's Contribution 2003), Sardi will retain his typical mix of classical and ethnic elements in his music. --JP

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Hugh Grant wants to settle down

LOS ANGELES: British film star Hugh Grant may be Prince Charming on the screen but he says he is secretly a cad and hates acting so much that he's ready to take some time off, meet a nice girl and settle down.

"I'm ready, baby. I need to get married and have children," Grant, 42, told Vanity Fair magazine.

"Put it this way," he said. "If I went to a party tonight and bumped into a fantastic girl, whereas three years ago it might have led to a short-term relationship, now I definitely keep my thoughts open to the idea of settling down. Definitely."

Grant, who has spent years as a bachelor, also dismissed the idea that he could rekindle a romance with actress and model Elizabeth Hurley, with whom he spent more than a decade.

"She's with another guy and, you know, we're good friends," he said. "But no, that train has sailed as Austin Powers would say."

Grant told the magazine that he wants to take a break from acting to focus on his personal life, but also because he "hates" acting, despite the wealth that comes along with it.--Reuters