- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Stork’s gift

Gwen Stefani is pregnant with her first child, according to Us Weekly.

The 36-year-old pop queen and rocker Gavin Rossdale, 38, were married three years ago. The baby is due in June, the magazine reported yesterday.

Miss Stefani’s mother, Patti, also reportedly confirmed the pregnancy to the magazine.

Good ‘Times’

Bob Dylan, rocker, author, actor and Victoria’s Secret huckster, is heading into a new venture: live theater.

“The Times They Are A-Changin’,” a musical based on Mr. Dylan’s songs, is set to premiere Jan. 25 at San Diego’s Old Globe Theater and eventually move to Broadway, RollingStone.com reports.

Directed and choreographed by Broadway veteran Twyla Tharp, the plot chronicles a low-rent traveling circus run by Captain Arab, and his son Coyote’s desire to escape the family business.

The musical references such Dylan tunes as “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream,” in which Captain Arab is a character, and the “Ballad of Hollis Brown,” which features the lyrics: “Way out in the wilderness/A cold coyote calls.”

“The Times They Are A-Changin’” follows a series of pop musicals including the Elvis Presley-inspired “All Shook Up,” the John Lennon-inspired “Lennon,” the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” and the Billy Joel-inspired “Movin’ Out,”the latter conceived by Miss Tharp.

Ho goes home

Don Ho, who underwent an experimental heart procedure in Thailand earlier this month, has returned home to Honolulu.

“He is continuing his rest and recuperation at an undisclosed location,” the 75-year-old Hawaiian crooner’s publicist, Donna Jung, tells Associated Press. “We’re delighted to say that his health is improving dramatically.”

Mr. Ho’s treatment, which hasn’t been approved in the U.S., involved the multiplication of stem cells taken from his blood, which were injected into his heart in hope of strengthening the organ.

He was among the first patients selected for the therapy.

Plaudits for ‘Syriana’

Amr Waked, who plays an Egyptian cleric who grooms young men to be suicide bombers in “Syriana,” says the Stephen Gaghan-directed geopolitical thriller is a “courageous” movie.

“I seriously think that Hollywood is very courageous to have done a film like ‘Syriana,’ but has many steps to take before they tell the truth of the Middle East for real,” Mr. Waked tells Reuters news agency.

Kluge auction results

Furniture and artwork from Morven, the historic 7,379 acre Albemarle County, Va., estate once owned by billionaire John W. Kluge, were sold for $3.2 million by Christie’s in New York on Friday.

A Chippendale carved-mahogany bonnet-top desk and bookcase earned the top bid of $240,000 in the 523-lot sale, with second honors ($144,000) going to a massive English wicker picnic hamper commissioned by the media entrepreneur from Asprey & Co. The set, which would be carried into the field during hunts by horses or tractors, included mahogany tables and chairs plus china, silver and glassware service for 16.

Morven, a neoclassical home built in 1820, was extensively renovated by Mr. Kluge, 91, who lived there from 1988 until 2001, when he donated the estate to the University of Virginia, a gift valued at $45 million at the time.

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

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