People in Brief


LOS ANGELES — A judge last week voided the sale of a former Catholic convent to a Los Angeles businesswoman, clearing the way for Katy Perry to purchase the hilltop property.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Bowick ruled that attempts to sell the property to the businesswoman by members of an order of elderly nuns were improper.

Perry has sought to buy the hilltop property in the Los Feliz neighborhood for $14.5 million and to relocate an adjoining house of prayer used by priests. Her bid has the approval of Los Angeles’ archbishop but would have to be approved by the Vatican.

The Roman villa-style convent sits on 8 acres.

TOKYO — Rachel McAdams, the actress who portrayed a Boston Globe reporter in the Oscar-winning “Spotlight,” believes journalists should be praised as “unsung heroes,” although nothing is easy about their jobs except for the frumpy clothes they get to wear.

“It really is a dying art, and not for the faint of heart either,” she told reporters in Tokyo last week. “They keep institutions on their toes and keep people accountable.”

“Spotlight,” directed and written by Tom McCarthy, depicts how newspaper reporters uncovered how dozens of priests in the Archdiocese of Boston had molested and raped children for decades, while church higher-ups covered it up and shuffled abusive priests from parish to parish.

The film, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Screenplay, opened in Japan Friday.

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah and comedians Lewis Black and Brian Regan will be the headliners at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in August.

The annual festival takes place in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown each year.

Among other festival highlights will be a moderated discussion with the movie-making Farrelly Brothers and comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff.

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is celebrating its 25th year. The four-day festival begins Aug. 4.

NEW YORK — More than 35 U.S. cities will be hosting Make Music Day, a free one-day outdoor festival celebrating music and music-making.

The annual event is June 21.

Performances, from classical to punk rock, will be held in the streets, parks and on porches and plazas.

Highlights include Sousapaloozas in New York, Chicago and Cleveland.

It also features “Mass Appeals,” where musicians of all levels make music in large, single-instrument groups.

In New York, composer Philip Glass will play the piano in Riverside Park along with 19 public school students.

Other participating cities include Columbia, South Carolina; Los Angeles; Boston; Nashville, Tennessee; Philadelphia; Detroit; Denver; St. Louis, Missouri; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Associated Press