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Petty holds no grudge

Similarities between British singer Sam Smith’s Grammy-nominated hit, “Stay with Me,” and Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne’s 1989 hit, “I Won’t Back Down,” are nothing more than a “musical accident,” Petty said in a statement Thursday.

Petty and Lynne’s names were added to the writing credits of “Stay With Me” after the publishers of “I Won’t Back Down” noted a resemblance between the songs’ chorus melodies. Petty said there was never any mention of a lawsuit over the song and all is well between the musicians. “Let me say I have never had any hard feelings toward Sam,” Petty said. “All my years of songwriting have shown me these things can happen.”

– Los Angeles Times

Votes sought on art project

In a project that’s set to expand the definition of “public art,” Savarino Properties has enlisted the help of the Western New York Arts Services Initiative to organize a public contest for a new piece of public art that will adorn Savarino’s property at 95 Perry St.

After sorting through the entries, ASI announced the two lucky finalists: Shasti O’Leary Soudant, and the duo of Bruce Adams and Augustina Droze.

Their approaches to the project are remarkably different. Soudant’s, called “Sluice,” is made from enormous pieces of bright-orange metal designed to expand and contract based on precipitation.

Soudant said in a statement that the Day-glo orange pieces of metal echo “the graceful cylindrical funnel shapes of the region’s surrounding grain elevators and [function] as a water sculpture when it rains.” Her mockup of the metal sculptures instantly calls to mind her project for Toronto’s “Nuit Blanche” in October, in which participants roamed the streets in Hazmat suits and wore bright orange helmets sprouting strange, springy tendrils meant to symbolize the components of a virus.

Droze and Adams, who collaborated on a mural on the side of Jim’s Steakout near the intersection of Elmwood and Bidwell avenues, proposed a panel-based and somewhat grittier approach that attempts to reflect the building’s Bauhaus influence. It’s titled, simply, “Go!”

Citizens can sign on to ASI’s Facebook page and vote for the proposal they like best by dropping a beneath the organization’s post about the project. You can also read the artists’ full statements there.

– Colin Dabkowski

Grey, 82, comes out as gay

In a nation still unsure about its attitudes toward men attracted to other men, even the star of “Cabaret” had to wait eight decades to come out.

Joel Grey, 82-year-old film actor and Broadway star, told People he is gay in a recent interview. “I don’t like labels,” Grey said, “but if you have to put a label on it, I’m a gay man.”

Grey said his family had known about his sexuality for some time, but homophobia kept him in the closet for years. Growing up in Cleveland attracted to both boys and girls, Grey told the magazine about “hearing the grownups talk in the next room, my mother included, talking derisively about ‘fairies’ and men being dragged off to jail and even worse for being who they were.”

– Washington Post