Friday, July 8, 2005

Moonlighting Kravitz

At least he's not writing a children's book. Rock star Lenny Kravitz revealed yesterday that he has been running a Miami-based design firm for almost two years. The creatively titled Kravitz Design focuses on commercial, residential and product design. Apparently a long career in music has prepared the 41-year-old for this?

Kravitz's spokeswoman, Carleen Donovan, told The Post yesterday that the musician has "always had a great interest in design" and noted that his homes have been featured in national magazines. Hmm. Still not making a connection . . .

Kravitz and his designers have worked on a few small projects such as private homes and a penthouse recording studio in Miami. The firm now plans to expand to hotels. As for his style, Kravitz told the Associated Press: "It has to be comfortable, it has to have sensuality to it."

Donovan stresses that Kravitz "has a hand in" all of the firm's work. But how is he qualified to do the job? The spokeswoman admits that her client has no background in design, but points out that "he's a lover of it." Lover, expert -- same thing, right?

Bush Dynasty, Part 1

Look this way, George. Now vogue! George H.W. Bush took part in several photo shoots Wednesday night while attempting to eat dinner with his wife, Barbara , and two aides at Morton's Steakhouse on Connecticut Avenue in Washington.

General Manager Daniel Festa told The Post yesterday that Bush barely made it through the restaurant's door before he was asked to pose for a picture by two children from California. Cute kids are hard to refuse. Then he was asked for another by a woman from Alaska. Still more followed.

Festa said the 81-year-old was approached by more than 10 groups during his 2 1/2 -hour meal of oysters on the half shell, a porterhouse steak and chocolate cake. No wonder it took so long to eat.

Despite all the attention, the manager said Bush, who had just finished a round of golf, was "in a very good mood." At least the former president was dressed to impress: He was decked out in a seersucker suit.

Bush Dynasty, Part 2

Some doctors and nurses at Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, say Barbara Bush , one of President Bush's twin daughters, has been working there for six weeks as a volunteer, the Boston Globe reports. Hospital officials would not confirm her presence, but a White House spokesman told the paper that first lady Laura Bush will visit her daughter in South Africa later this week.

End Notes

· Is the Swiss ambassador living out of an RV? A mud-colored mobile home with a diplomatic license plate has been parked in front of the Swiss Embassy compound on Cathedral Avenue for three days. Embassy spokesman Alex Biscaro explained to The Post that it belongs to an employee, not the ambassador, Christian Blickenstorfer . Biscaro also said the employee lives next to the embassy and had obtained a special permit from police to park in the street while the vehicle is repaired. He laughed and said, "People thought, 'Oh! The Swiss Embassy ran out of money and had to put their ambassador in a mobile home?!' " Blickenstorfer is currently living in a rental home, which is not on wheels, while his residence undergoes renovation.

· Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor suffered a stroke -- her second -- and underwent artery surgery in a Los Angeles hospital, her husband, Frederic von Anhalt , said yesterday. Doctors are optimistic, he said.

· A mistrial was declared yesterday in the Notorious B.I.G. wrongful death case against the city of Los Angeles and its police department by U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper , who expressed concern that police had withheld evidence. The rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace, was 24 when he was fatally shot in 1997 while leaving a party in Los Angeles. Perry Sanders Jr ., an attorney for the Wallace family, said his clients are willing to go through another trial.

-- Compiled by Korin Miller from staff and wire reports

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