NAMES & FACES
Saturday, September 25, 2004; Page C03
Poor Sinead O'Connor wants to stay out of the news -- so much so that she put herself into the news pleading to stay out of the news. She took out a 2,000-word, full-page ad in a national Irish newspaper to say please leave me alone. Oddly enough, it didn't work.
Stars About Town: Keep your eyes peeled this week for famous types wandering aimlessly around the nation's capital. Rugged ViggoMortensen is proving his softer side by making an appearance at Addison/Ripley Gallery in Georgetown tonight, while John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix will be in D.C. before a Baltimore benefit screening of their firefighting flick, "Ladder 49." And we can't forget Willem Dafoe, Ice Cube and Peter Strauss. Those three are making the film "XXX: State of the Union," which, we're told, is filming Tuesday and Wednesday near the Lincoln Memorial and Ronald Reagan Building.
Chief Justice William Rehnquist was grinning from ear to ear after walking into the Monocle -- one of his fave joints -- for lunch yesterday and discovering that 30 of his former clerks and such were throwing him a surprise birthday bash. Though he doesn't turn the big 8-0 until Oct. 1, Rehnquist got all the birthday fixins': serenading, cake and candles. Luckily nothing went ablaze . . . "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon was splashed all over the covers of New York tabloids yesterday for her latest dating relationship with . . . a woman. The mother of two wouldn't comment other than to say: "My private life is private. But at the same time, I have nothing to hide. So what I will say is that I am very happy" . . . And bad boy Colin Farrell gets the odd-analogy award. Speaking about the hairpiece he was forced to wear while filming "A Home at the End of the World," Farrell said: "It's like going to church when I was 10. It was horrible."
"My character is a good girl."