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Davies gives the people what they want; rockers go to bat for a cause

EVERYBODY LOVES RAY Local rock fans venturing to ZuZu! in Cambridge on Monday had little idea of the holiday surprise awaiting them. The night's entertainment was billed as Soft Rock Bottom, and many came expecting a faithful interpretation of '70s light rock. Instead they got a blazing performance from Rock Bottom that inspired rock 'n' roll hall of famer Ray Davies of the Kinks to rise from dinner and contribute vocals to his classic "You Really Got Me." (We're told he lobbied for Black Sabbath's "Paranoid," but relented.) For the assembled, it was an unexpected delight, one for which they can thank ZuZu!'s GM Lilli Dennison. "He was in town visiting a mutual friend and I invited them for dinner, telling them there was a great '70s cover band playing," Dennison said, explaining Davies's presence in the smallest room at the Middle East. Davies is among 981 people to receive royal honors today, being bestowed the title of Knight Commander, Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

BOOGIE NIGHT Actor and onetime funky buncher Mark Wahlberg is getting his groove on following the dissolution of his relationship with model Rhea Durham. The New York Post reported yesterday that Wahlberg, who grew up in Dorchester, was "bumping and grinding" with Chelsea Clinton on a table at the Shore Club in Miami the other night (even as the former first daughter's boyfriend, Ian Klaus, looked on). In Touch magazine, quoting an unidentified friend of Wahlberg's, earlier reported that the 32-year-old actor has broken off his engagement to the exquisite Durham, who gave birth to a baby girl in September.CARDINAL'S LAST ACT Depositions can make for interesting reading, but interesting watching? Michael Murphy thinks so. The California playwright has turned Cardinal Bernard Law's testimony in the clergy sex abuse case into an hourlong play. Called "Sin: A Cardinal Deposed," the work will have its premiere in March at the tiny Bailiwick Repertory Theater in Chicago. "I went into this project thinking this was an enormous sex scandal," Murphy said yesterday, "and I finished it feeling this was a political scandal like Watergate." Murphy downloaded Law's deposition from the Boston Globe's website, then spent six months creating a play. "My intention was to present Cardinal Law as he presented himself. . . . He's a brilliant man, every bit a match for those attorneys. There's no Perry Mason moment."

ON THE RECORD As a companion to the annual "Hot Stove, Cool Music" concert at the Paradise, on Jan. 11, Fenway Recordings is releasing a "Hot Stove, Cool Music" compilation CD, and the disc features some big names, such as Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, former Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg, the Dropkick Murphys, Letters To Cleo's Kay Hanley, American Hi-Fi, and the Allman Brothers Band. The album, due Jan. 20, features a live version of Pearl Jam's "Bu$hleaguer," Westerberg's previously unreleased "Outta My System," and Hanley guesting with the Dropkick Murphys on the latter's "The Dirty Glass." But we want to hear the Hot Stove All Stars -- featuring Buffalo Tom's Bill Janovitz, Peter Wolf, Mighty Mighty Bosstones frontman Dicky Barrett, and members of the Boston Red Sox -- cover Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll (Part 2)." Proceeds from the CD and show benefit the Jimmy Fund.FOLEY WINGS IT Tonight former Boston College football star QB Glenn Foley will take on the role of host for a New Year's Eve cruise aboard The Odyssey to benefit The Glenn Foley WINGS Foundation in its efforts to fight Polycystic Kidney Disease. Foley and his wife, Jen, founded the nonprofit organization after his mom faced the disease. Boarding will begin at 8 p.m., and the boat will re-dock at 1 a.m. Tickets are still available and are $150 each -- a portion of the proceeds is tax deductible, and each reveler will also receive a $100 gift certificate toward a treatment at SmileBoston and a $20 gift certificate to McCormick & Schmick's. Globe correspondent Tom Kielty contributed to this report. Names can be reached at names@globe.com or at 617-929-8253.

 
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