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Elton John-Billy Joel concert to be first at D.C.'s Nationals Park

Elton John and Billy Joel will perform together this summer at Nationals Park, the stadium's first music concert since opening last year.

"Undoubtedly [the Face to Face Tour] will be a remarkable inaugural evening of music out under the stars, showcasing the ballpark's capabilities as a premier summer concert venue," Washington Nationals President Stan Kasten said in a statement.

The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. July 11. Tickets, from $56 to $182, go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

John and Joel first toured together in 1994 starting with three sold-out shows at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium.

Oscar interest

An estimated 36.3 million people watched this year's Academy Awards, an increase of more than 4 million from last year's least-watched Oscars ceremony.

While ABC was heartened by the larger audience, especially among younger viewers, there are still only two Oscar telecasts on record with fewer viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Last year, when No Country For Old Men won best picture, the telecast was seen by 32 million people. The 2003 telecast, with Chicago as the best picture winner, was seen by 33 million people.

The largest recorded Oscars audience was 1998, when 55.2 million watched Titanic win.

Dancing in the streets

Children broke into Bollywood dance numbers and crowds cheered in the narrow lanes of a teeming Mumbai, India, slum yesterday as their hometown heroes nabbed Hollywood's highest honors.

Two of the child actors in Slumdog Millionaire were plucked from a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Mumbai to star in the tale that stormed the Academy Awards.

The actors, Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, 10, and Rubina Ali, 9, were flown to Los Angeles for the ceremony, leaving their friends back home to gawk, beam, shout and dance in celebration.

BIRTHDAYS

Actor Abe Vigoda, 88.

Actor Edward James Olmos, 62.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs, 54.

News anchor Paula Zahn, 53.

Singer Michelle Shocked, 47.

Actor Billy Zane, 43.

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