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August 8, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ Ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov will continue his duties as artistic director of American Ballet Theater after surgery for damaged cartilage in a knee next week, a spokesman for the company said.

Baryshnikov, 38, will not dance with the troupe during scheduled engagements at Wolf Trap Farm in Vienna, Va., Aug. 26-31, or in New York Sept. 3-15, said the spokesman, Bob Pontarelli.

The Soviet defector hurt his right knee in a class last week in Cleveland during a tour of Baryshnikov and Company, which had appeared in 20 cities.

Surgery was scheduled for next Tuesday after the knee, which required surgery two years ago, worsened, Pontarelli said.

″We will be watching his recovery very carefully, and hope that he will be able to rejoin the American Ballet Theater on tour by January,″ Pontarelli said. ″He will continue as artistic director during the whole time.″

Baryshnikov dances with the ballet and acts as its artistic director during most of the year, and tours with 16 other dancers as Baryshnikov and Company from the end of June until late August.


TELLURIDE, Colo. (AP) - When Sen. Albert Gore, TV producer Norman Lear and other speakers hold forth next week at an ″ideas festival″ the idea will be to ″reinvent work,″ says ″Megatrends″ author John Naisbitt.

The Telluride Ideas Festival, scheduled for Aug. 16-19, will include discussions on the future of labor unions, full employment in the information society, the gap between rich and poor in the world economy and the role of women in the workplace, said Naisbitt, who organized it.


BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) - The houseboat used in the 1950s television series ″Surfside 6″ is being turned into a restaurant - and Troy Donahue, the show’s star, is scheduled to appear at the christening of the venture.

Dessie’s Surfside 6 has an opening date of Dec. 1 in a city park in the double-decker boat recently purchased by Brunswick residents Kenny Mobley and Arlie and Sheila McNeill.

Mobley said other cast members would appear with Donahue, 49.

Brunswick is the latest berth for Surfside 6, which had been docked in Jacksonville, Fla., while being restored.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Hugh Hefner says he will ″tell all″ about his life, the creation of Playboy magazine and the swinging philosophy that bears its name in an autobiography he has begun with a co-author.

However, writer Leo Janos, who co-wrote test pilot Chuck Yeager’s best- selling life story, cautioned against expecting the most intimate details of Hefner’s life.

A hard-cover version will be published in late 1987 by Bantam Books Inc., publisher of ″Yeager″ and the highly successful autobiography of Chrysler Corp. Chairman Lee Iacocca, said New York literary agent Kathy Robins, who represents Hefner and Janos.

The amount of the seven-figure advance for the book was not disclosed. No title has been selected.

″I guess the time has come to put it down,″ said the 59-year-old Hefner. ″My life and Playboy are truly an American phenomenon.″

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