- The Washington Times - Monday, February 16, 2004

Politics 101

Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has decided not to run for lieutenant governor of Washington state — but he still smells like civic spirit.

Though he won’t be attempting the career transition of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mr. Novoselic said he will keep working with Music for America to boost voter participation but concluded, “The whole thing about running a campaign and being a public servant isn’t the way to do it,” according to Associated Press.

A Democrat, he initially supported Howard Dean for president but will be a delegate for John Kerry at the Wahkiakum County Democratic Party convention.

In November, Mr. Novoselic said he might run against Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, also a Democrat, who is considered likely to seek a third four-year term this year.

“I found out firsthand that it’s really considered bad form to run against an incumbent of your own party,” Mr. Novoselic said.

Forsythe Saga

American choreographer William Forsythe won Germany’s top dance prize in recognition of his role in revitalizing the world of ballet and modern dance.

The president of Germany’s Theater Association, Klaus Zehelein, praised Mr. Forsythe, who heads the Ballet Frankfurt, for his “extraordinary service to the artistic world of dance” at the awards ceremony in Essen last weekend, Associated Press reports.

Mr. Forsythe, 54, is ending his contract at the end of this year’s season after a drawn-out battle with the cash-strapped city of Frankfurt over the troupe’s existence. Since 1984, Mr. Forsythe has led the Frankfurt Ballet and built it into one of Europe’s most acclaimed modern dance groups.

A native New Yorker, he’ll continue working in Germany with a smaller, independent troupe that will be supported by and perform in both Frankfurt and Dresden.

Honky-tonk blues

It’s hard being Hank Williams when there already have been two Hank Williamses before you.

“It all goes back to, there’s already been two Hank Williamses who done the … out of country. I really like country, and I really like rock, and when I do country, it doesn’t look like their country,” Shelton Hank Williams III told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

To distinguish himself from his legendary grandfather and semilegendary father, Mr. Williams sees himself blazing a path for the next generation of country music bad boys.

“I’m out there preaching for the new outlaws of country music,” he said. “All the old outlaws are dying off, and there’s no vision anymore in country. I’m about the working man. I’m not here trying to get rich.

“I just want to get my music out there, play some songs and have some fun.”

Backed on tour by a band that goes by two unprintable names, Mr. Williams typically performs a pair of sets, the first featuring tongue-in-cheek country, the second death metal.

Whatever you call the end result, you can catch it Saturday night at the Black Cat.

No tenors

British heavy-metal legend Motorhead will be in the house Sunday — in London’s Royal Opera House, that is.

It will be the first time a heavy-metal act has played at Covent Garden’s refined venue, which normally stages classical ballet and opera, Reuters News Agency reports.

Motorhead’s songs include “Iron Fist,” “Killed by Death” and “I Ain’t No Nice Guy.”

The gig is a curtain-raiser for Visit London’s One Amazing Week, a series of events showcasing London’s cultural life.

Visit London’s chief executive, David Campbell, said, “Here is the chance to witness music history with one of London’s world-famous venues playing host to rock royalty.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from wire and Web reports.

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