Odds & Ends: One Direction, Live Nation, Jeff Dunham and ‘An Evening With Women’

One Direction gets another comic book; Live Nation partners with JustGreen Lifestyle; Jeff Dunham’s ocean going festival is scuttled; and Ozzy Osbourne, Sia and Natasha Bedingfield will perform at “An Evening With Women” benefit in LA.

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BRIT Awards, The O2, London, UK

With One Direction’s fame thermometer rising several degrees higher before you finish this sentence, the folks at Blue Productions decided the lads need another comic book.  Having already focused on the boy band’s origins in “Fame: One Direction #1,” the new comic book chronicles the group’s adventures since forming.

Featuring not one but two covers with artist Jill Lamarina creating one cover, David T. Cabera the other, the new comic book is titled, appropriately enough, “Fame: One Direction #2.”  As an added bonus, the books can be considered to be somewhat educational.  At least, that’s what the publisher says.

“The first issue was [such] a huge success that we wanted to tell more of their stories,” publisher Darren G. Davis said.  “Not only are these comic books fun, but they can be used as a tool for reluctant readers.”

If you can’t find “Fame: One Direction #2” in your favorite comic book store, the issue is also available via several online outsets including iTunes, Amazon, Barnes And Noble and ComiXology. 

But if you’re thinking you won’t be able to follow the plot because you didn’t read the first comic book, Blue Productions has you covered.  The company is giving you a chance to catch up by re-releasing “Fame: one Direction #1.”

Photo: Blue Productions

Live Nation Entertainment has partnered with Just Energy Group’s JustGreen Lifestyle to make the promotion company’s venues more environmentally sustainable.

The plan calls for JustGreen Lifestyle to evaluate 85 venues’ energy usage and purchase carbon offsets to make the facilities carbon neutral.

But all that environmental activity isn’t limited to venues.  The Live Nation/JustGreen Lifestyle alliance will also green-up the Portugal. The Man tour via an energy audit and carbon offset purchases.

“Together with JustGreen Lifestyle, we are offsetting the carbon footprint of 4,000 upcoming concerts to make them carbon neutral,” Live Nation Network president Russell Wallach said.  “We are also collaborating on a number of environmental education programs and promotions for fans, including a calculator to green concert commutes, enabling fans to calculate and offset their carbon footprint.”

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At Lollapalooza, Grant Park, Chicago

Ozzy Osbourne will rock the stage at the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center’s “An Evening With Women” benefit.

Taking place May 18 in Beverly Hills at the Beverly Hilton, the event hosted by funny lady Kathy Griffin will also feature performances by Natasha Bedingfield and Sia.  Other highlights include cocktails, dinner and a silent auction.

The evening benefiting the center’s services and enrichment programs for girls and women is being produced by singer/songwriter Linda Perry who also serves as co-chair.

“With each year, ‘An Evening With Women’ grows bigger and more explosive.  Everyone at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center works so hard to make this event a huge success,” Perry said. “I had a vision to turn this into a night that you would always remember, an event you put on your calendar way in advance because you wouldn’t dare miss it.  Giving people a night of excited, great entertainment and a beautiful energy that fills the room.  There is no denying that this is exactly what we created.”

Tickets start at $300.  Visit AnEveningWithWomen.org for more information.

You can forget about this year’s sea voyage with comedian/ventriloquist Jeff Dunham.  His “Just Add Water Festival At Sea” has been postponed until further notice.  Organizers of the laughathon on the water are citing the time of year, length of the cruise and pricing as reasons it didn’t work out for fans.

Presented by entertainment-cruise company Sixthman, the cruise was scheduled for Nov. 5-10.

Photo: Paul Breski
Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif.

From JeffDunhamFestival.com:

“For this reason, we’ve decided to postpone our event until we can find an opportunity that works better for more people, as we want it to be a great experience for as many of Jeff’s fans as possible.”

Oh, well.  Maybe next year.