Though her six-year marriage to famed stage composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is ending, singer Sarah Brightman continues to garner plum roles in his productions. She will take over the lead role of Rose in the Broadway production of her soon-to-be-ex's latest, "Aspects of Love," in December, despite receiving less than ecstatic reviews for her work in such long-running Webber musicals as "Cats" and "The Phantom of the Opera." In a statement this week, Webber explained that "Sarah Brightman and I have always stated that we hope to continue our professional relationship." Webber has filed for divorce and has become, in his words, "very close" to 27-year-old businesswoman Madeleine Gurdon.

Politically Unpalatable

A little firsthand experience with the Washington bureaucracy is enough to scare anyone out of public service, unless, of course, you're a Kennedy. This week on Fox TV, Rep. Joseph Kennedy II said that his two years at the Community Services Administration in the late '70s made him want to work harder to change things. The Massachusetts Democrat said that "it was the biggest waste of time. It was just full of frauds and poverty pimps and everything else ... it was a taste {of politics} that I'll never get out of my mouth."

Star Rewards

Sammy gets a street, Marvin gets a star, and Curtis gets a show of support this week. City officials in Chicago announced that they will rename 31st Street after Sammy Davis Jr. in ceremonies Thursday. The South Side street was once a busy strip of jazz and blues clubs, some of which Davis performed in during the early '40s as part of the Will Mastin Trio.

Two weeks after B.B. King got a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, Marvin Gaye's name was immortalized Thursday in the sidewalk before a crowd of 400. Gaye's children, Nona, Frankie and Marvin III, accepted the award for their father, who was shot to death by Marvin Gay Sr., the singer's father, in 1984. Gaye, who changed the spelling of his last name when he began recording for Motown records in 1962, has his star on Vine Street, right next to Motown's current offices in Hollywood.

A thousand people turned out at the Palace nightclub in Los Angeles for an all-star rap benefit this week for paralyzed soul singer Curtis Mayfield. The event, which starred Ice-T and Tone Loc, raised $25,000 for Mayfield, according to Capitol Records. Mayfield was paralyzed from the neck down last month on a stage in Brooklyn, N.Y., when a lighting tower collapsed on him.

They Like Ike

The small town of Denison, Tex., 70 miles north of Dallas will be celebrating the 100th birthday of Dwight D. Eisenhower a couple of weeks early, so as not to overlap with celebrations in Abilene, Kan. Though Abilene is famous for its Eisenhower connection, the 34th president was actually born in Denison on Oct. 14, 1890. It was eight months later that the Eisenhower family moved to Kansas, but Denison doesn't want the world to forget its place in history, and so wants its own weekend of festivities. With more than 75,000 tourists visiting Ike's birthplace last year, it seems that the local tourist bureau is doing its job.

Bass Busted

Dee Dee Ramone, of the proto-punk band the Ramones, was arrested for possession of marijuana Thursday during a police sweep of Greenwich Village. An undercover officer observed the bass player, 39, whose real name is Douglas Calvin, apparently making a purchase of the drug in Washington Square Park, and arrested him. Ramone was one of 26 people arrested, and was released after being charged with possession, a misdemeanor in New York.