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Kinks’ founder joins Soroptimist cause

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

The common guitar string between Kinks’ founder Dave Davies and a

local Soroptimist club is that each is going through a

transformation.

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Chartered in October, Soroptimist International of the Verdugos is

the first chapter to sponsor a rock concert to raise funds for its

charities. This record-breaking event will cast Davies in a solo

spotlight at 8 p.m. Friday at The Alex Theatre in Glendale.

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It is just the beginning of many new ideas President Nancy

Hathaway plans to bring to fruition.

“We want to take a 21st-century approach to everything we do,”

Hathaway said. “We stay away from terms like ‘We’ve never done it

that way before.’ We believe there is no such thing as a bad idea.”

The club has grown to 27 members since October, a huge number in

comparison with other chapters that have about 15. Members come from

La Crescenta, La Canada Flintridge and Burbank.

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Through his studies of metaphysics, including yoga, meditation and

astrology, Davies said he is constantly trying to improve on the

person he is inside. It was the impetus for his recent solo CD

release “BUG.”

“There’s so much talk about alien implants and that it affects

people’s behavior,” Davies said. “I’ve been mulling this over and

when one morning I woke up with a mosquito bite, all the ideas gelled

around that.”

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The idea for the CD, he said, is a metaphor for change and coming

to terms with spiritual blockages in ourselves.

“I tried to do it in a humorous way,” said the legendary guitarist

who combined his musicianship with brother Ray Davies’ songwriting,

resulting in one of Britain’s enduring rock groups from the 1960s. In

1990, the Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“Life is all experiences -- good, bad or indifferent. It’s a part

of character building. It’s who we become. We tend to look at life in

material terms but we need to find out who we really are,” he said.

The concert will feature songs from his newest CD, as well as

Kinks’ favorites like “All Day and All of the Night.”

The idea for the concert, “Transformation -- A Concert for a

Cause,” was two years in the making, Hathaway said.

Davies had been a guest on Michael Brenner’s talk show on KPFK

(90.7-FM). Brenner’s wife is Doreen Key and a member of the local

Soroptimists. Both Key and Hathaway are former members of the

Glendale Soroptimists who formed the new chapter.

A few members attended a Davies’ concert at the Whiskey A-Go-Go in

Hollywood and were invited backstage. Key talked to him about

Soroptimist and its goals to uplift the plight of women and children

in the United States and poor countries abroad.

Key kept up an e-mail correspondence with Davies and when he was

in Los Angeles, arranged to meet the Soroptimists at The Alex

Theatre.

“Mr. Davies was quite taken aback by The Alex Theatre and the

people who run it,” Hathaway said. “He has a fondness of silent

movies. He was like a child of 6, running up and down the stairs to

the sound booth.”

And there is a mutual respect the Soroptimists share with Davies.

“They liked the music spiritually I was trying to do,” he said.

“So we just gelled together.”

Hathaway said so many Kinks’ songs are her favorites, but for now,

“Flowers in the Rain” stands out.

“For me, it is a heartwarming statement about life,” she said.

“It’s inspiring. It’s a style of Dave Davies ... it’s a spiritual

gift, and if you listen to that song, you hear that gift he is giving

to our community.”

Proceeds from the concert will go to domestic-violence and

breast-cancer awareness programs. In the future, Hathaway said, the

chapter hopes to raise funds to build a playground for an orphanage

in India.

During the concert, actress Hayley Mills, who appeared in Disney’s

“Parent Trap,” will receive the chapter’s first honor, The Mighty Oak

Award. Mills plans to attend the concert.


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