The Wicked Tinkers from Santa Cruz --  from left, Keith Jones, Aaron Shaw, C.J. Henderson and Tiki King -- are pictured with "Gong Show" host Tommy Maitland (who looks a little like Mike Myers). (Courtesy ABC/Eddy Chen)

The Wicked Tinkers from Santa Cruz -- from left, Keith Jones, Aaron Shaw, C.J. Henderson and Tiki King -- are pictured with "Gong Show" host Tommy Maitland (who looks a little like Mike Myers). (Courtesy ABC/Eddy Chen)

Janet Jackson returns to America, baby in tow

Janet Jackson is back in the U.S. and looking good.

The singer, who was 50 when she gave birth to her now six-month-old baby Eissa in Janurary, arrived in New York from London on Monday, prompting speculation about where she might land on a more permanent basis.

The pop star also is in the process of divorcing Qatari multi-millionaire Wissam Al Mana.

The U.K. Daily Mail previously reported she said, “I just want to keep it real with you guys for a second. Yes, I separated from my husband, we are in court and the rest is in God’s hands.”

Some not necessarily reliable reports indicate that the recently slimmed-down singer might forgo a $200 million payout per her prenuptial agreement in order to take the baby with her on tour in the fall (while her brother Randy Jackson will babysit) — something that Al Mana wouldn’t go for.

GONG SHOW RETURNS

“The Gong Show,” the infamous Chuck Barris game show of the 1970s, is back on ABC, and the Thursday July 13 episode features celebrity judges Ed Helms, Alison Brie and Will Arnett praising, critiquing or striking the gong on a lineup of “unique” performers.

They include: a roller skater who limbos under a flaming bar, butt puppets lip-syncing to opera, wild unicyclists who slam dunk basketballs and Santa Cruz area musician Tiki King, who traded in his grass skirt for a kilt to perform with his tribal Celtic band The Wicked Tinkers.

QUICK TAKES

Time to start reading: The San Francisco Public Library’s One City One Book selection for 2017 is “Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr.; the 2016 University of California Press title, described as the “first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party,” will be the subject of special programs in October. … SPiN, the San Francisco ping pong-themed bar, is celebrating its “1 Year Bad Ass Birthday” Friday July 14 with a party featuring Instagram personalities @GirlWithNoJob @BoyWithNoJob, a ping pong battle and show, beats by DJ Scumfrog and James Fish, live sax by Justin Ward, and, because what bash would be complete without one? — a live unicorn.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Singer Alessia Cara is 21. … San Jose Shark Joe Pavelski is 33. … Baseball player Javier López is 40. Singer Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie is 41. … Rapper Lil’ Kim is 42. … Novelist Jhumpa Lahiri is 50. … Singer Suzanne Vega is 58. …Guitarist Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi is 58. … Actress Sela Ward is 61. … Singer Bonnie Pointer is 67. … Designer Giorgio Armani is 83. … Actor Tab Hunter is 86.Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther PartyEissaGong Showjanet jacksonJoshua BloomTiki KingWaldo E. Martin Jr.Wissam Al Mana

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