- The Washington Times - Monday, January 5, 2004

Kink takes a bullet

Who says chivalry is dead?

Ray Davies, the legendary ex-frontman of the Kinks, took a bullet in the leg Sunday night while chasing a pair of thieves who’d snatched his good lady’s purse.

Mr. Davies wasn’t seriously injured and was treated and released from a hospital in New Orleans, accordingto Reuters News Agency. His female companion, as yet unidentified, was unhurt.

The incident took place just blocks away from Bourbon Street in a French Quarter crawling with folks in town for the Sugar Bowl. One suspect was nabbed within hours of the shooting; another is still at large. Coincidentally, Mr. Davies only last week was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire alongside Eric Clapton, making them not-quite-knights.

Perhaps it’s time the queen gave the gallant Mr. Davies a promotion. Nichols still basking

Fresh off receiving the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors award, auteur Mike Nichols just got more good news. Come next month, the director of movies such as

“The Graduate” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” will add the Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award to his list of laurels.

“There is hardly an entertainment medium that Mike Nichols hasn’t pioneered and mastered,” said DGA President Michael Apted in announcing the award yesterday.

“You can put any of these in front of his name with the word winner: Oscar, Emmy, Tony, Grammy,” he said. “But it’s the absolute brilliance that he brought to feature film directing … that propels us to honor his legacy to motion pictures.” Mr. Nichols can pick up his latest honor at the 56th Annual DGA Awards on Feb. 7.

Career cobwebs

What a drag it is getting old, says crooner Robert Goulet.

The 70-year-old baritone told the Boston Herald Sunday that the music business is fast becoming inhospitable to traditional singers of his ilk.

Who could compete with the young and flashy likes of Britney Spears, “who shows her belly button and has a voice about the size of my little finger,” Mr. Goulet vented to the Herald. Miss Spears — or is it still Mrs. Alexander? — hasn’t stopped Mr. Goulet from trying, though. He’s currently touring behind the career-spanning production “Robert Goulet: A Man and His Music.”

While not defending teen pop, Mr. Goulet did take care to note that music isn’t only about powerful singing. “[Frank Sinatra] didn’t have the biggest voice in the world, but he could sing out emotion,” he told the newspaper.

“He was telling a story and made you cry. I realized a big voice was OK, but you don’t need to use it all the time.”

‘Fog’ is lifting

Documentarian Errol Morris, the fog of the flu having lifted, will finally make it to the District tonight for a special screening of “The Fog of War,” a penetrating look into 20th-century American warfare as recollected by former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara.

The screening begins at 7:15 tonight at Visions Cinema (near Dupont Circle), followed by a special Q&A; session with both Mr. Morris and the octogenarian Washingtonian himself, Mr. McNamara.

Free tickets for the event have all been spoken for. However, the film will continue its run at Visions through next week and is also playing at Landmark Bethesda Row Cinema.

Norah leaving ‘Home’

The hotly anticipated follow-up to Norah Jones’ smash debut “Come Away With Me” will finally emerge next month on Blue Note Records, according to her official Web site (www.norahjones.com).

The pop-jazz crooner’s sophomore album is titled “Feels Like Home” and the first thing she’ll do to support it is to leave home for a spring tour of Europe, starting April 15 in Dublin.

Legendary producer Arif Mardin is again in the helmer’s seat for “Home,” which will feature guest spots from Dolly Parton (with whom, Billboard.com notes, Miss Jones performed last year at the Country Music Awards), Levon Helm and Garth Hudson of the Band.

Compiled by Scott Galupo from staff, wire and Web reports.

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