Singer Martha Wainwright gave away tickets to her show in London on Saturday night (17Aug13) to the medical staff who helped save her son's life. The star gave birth to her little boy Arcangelo, now three, 10 weeks early in 2009 after falling ill in the U.K. while playing a number of gigs in the country, and she credited the medical staff at a London hospital with saving her son.
Wainwright returned to University College London Hospital with Arcangelo last week (ends18Aug13) during her current trip to the U.K., and she gave staff front-row tickets to her show at the city's Union Chapel on Saturday night.
During the concert, Wainwright thanked the hospital staff who were seated in the audience, and urged her British fans to throw their support behind the country's National Health Service (NHS).
Kelly Rowland, Rita Ora and Martha Wainwright were the star performers at the fourth annual Elle Women in Music concert in New York City on Wednesday (10Apr13). Katy Perry, Britney Spears and Barbra Streisand were among the guests at the event, which was held at The Edison Ballroom in Manhattan.
Remember Rufus Wainwright? Well, he hasn't had a hit song in a while, so it might be a bit hard. But, he's been busy! Not only did he write an opera and a few albums, but he also fathered a baby with Lorca Cohen (Leonard Cohen's daughter) and has been helping to raise her. Then there's his relationship, which he is solidifying with the bonds of marriage this Thursday.
New York Post's Page Six reports that Rufus and his long-time partner Jorn Weisbrodt will tie the knot on Thursday at their home in Montauk, the funkiest town in the Hamptons (which is in New York, where gay marriage is not only legal but often encouraged). The two will have about 250 guests at the ceremony (where Carrie Fisher is said to have a role) and will then have a reception at Shagwong Restaurant.
The best part about the reception is that there will be no DJ, only live music will be performed, including some numbers by Rufus himself. And considering that Yoko Ono and Wainwright's famous family (father Loudon Wainwright III, sister Martha Wainwright, and aunts the McGarrigle sisters) will be there, it should be a concert that anyone would pay a pretty penny to attend.
Our best wishes to the couple, or should we say break a leg.
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The Thelma & Louise star took on hosting duties for the Hope North Ping-Pong Ball at her Spin table tennis club in New York, introducing performances from artists including Wainwright, his sister Martha, rocker Jesse Malin, and singer-songwriter Josh Ritter.
The event also included an auction featuring tickets to a U2 concert and a cameo role in U.S. TV show Weeds.
Sarandon told guests, "Not only do I hope you have a lot of fun... but I can also vouch that everything you are giving is going in the right place."
The charity evening raised funds for Hope North, a boarding school for orphans, refugees, and former child soldiers in Uganda.