Democratic diva

Barbra Streisand

was visiting the Bush White House last night - and promising to play nice. "Art transcends politics this weekend," she told the Associated Press.

The singer-actress-director, a vocal critic of

George W. Bush

, is among the recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors with actor

Morgan Freeman

, country singer

George Jones

, dancer-choreographer

Twyla Tharp

, and the Who's

Pete Townshend

and

Roger Daltrey

. The honors recognize individuals who have had an impact on American culture through the performing arts. A White House reception preceded a trip with the president and

Laura Bush

for the annual gala.

Streisand, 66, acknowledged it would have been nice to have President-elect

Barack Obama

as her Washington host. "That would have been lovely," she said with a laugh, "or Clinton." But at a State Department dinner for the honorees Saturday, she noted, "It's just great to be honored by one's own country." CBS will air the gala's performances by stars from New York, Nashville and Hollywood Dec. 30.

A 'staycation' next time?

Bear Grylls

, star of Discovery Channel's

Man vs. Wild

series, suffered a shoulder injury during an off-the-job expedition in Antarctica. Grylls, 34, was due back home in Britain for medical treatment and assessment of the injury's severity, the AP reported from a dispatch attributed to the cable-TV network.

At the box office: Yule rules

The holiday spirit continue to envelop the nation's cineplexes over the weekend.

Reese Witherspoon

,

Vince Vaughn

and

Four Christmases

stayed on top for the second straight weekend, pulling in another $18.2 million, according to industry estimates released yesterday.

Twilight

, the teen vampire flick, hung in at second place, earning $13.2 million, while the animated

Bolt

retained its bite on the third spot, earning $9.7 million. Rounding out the top five were the

Nicole Kidman

-

Hugh Jackman

romance Down Under,

Australia

, which made another $7 million, and James Bond's latest big-screen adventure,

Quantum of Solace

, which took in $6.6. million.

Three showoffs

In a tidbit tailor-made for Page Six (then again, no tailors were involved), the New York Post reported yesterday that a trio of rock-and-roll heiresses will appear in the buff on the cover of next month's Tatler mag in the U.K.

Kimberly Stewart

(

Rod

's little girl),

Leah Wood

(

Ron

's baby) and

Peaches Geldof

(

Sir Bob

's offspring) are strategically posed in the all-together for the article "Rock Babes." The Post item doesn't say whether any music suffered in the making of Tatler's piece.

Anti-stalker action

Actress

Alyssa Milano

has sought a temporary restraining order against a Northern California man who she says hiked miles to try to reach her. A statement from Milano said the man, whom the AP report did not identify, has repeatedly tried to meet her and displayed increasingly threatening behavior. Milano, who starred in the TV series

Charmed

, also is seeking protection for her parents and brother. A hearing is scheduled for January.

This column contains information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.