Hundreds gathered this week for Greater Boston PFLAG’s annual gala, which honored Rufus Gifford, the national finance director for President Obama’s reelection campaign and the son of former Bank of America boss Chad Gifford and wife Anne. The national nonprofit is made up of parents, families, and friends of lesbians and gays.FULL ENTRY
This should be a victory tour for Linda Chorney, who became a first-time Grammy nominee last year at the age of 51. When Chorney pulls into town for appearances May 23 at the Goodnow Library in her native Sudbury and May 28 at Porter Square Books, she should be all smiles, encouraged that her years playing ski resorts, sports bars, and house concerts finally paid off.
But the Grammy nod for Chorney’s CD “Emotional Jukebox” didn’t make her feel good, and not because she lost to Levon Helm in the best Americana album category. The backlash was so severe against Chorney — a virtual unknown before her nomination — that she’s changed her tune.FULL ENTRY
Seth Meyers will be taking over “Late Night” once current host Jimmy Fallon moves on to “The Tonight Show.” But that doesn’t mean Meyers is signing off “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. “I’m nowhere near emotionally ready for Saturday to be my last show,” Meyers said Thursday on “Today.” “I wouldn’t be able to handle that.” Fans of “SNL” wouldn’t be too happy either, especially now that Bill Hader has announced that he’s exiting the NBC show and rumors are swirling that cast veterans Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis could be next out the door. Meyers says he’ll be back at “SNL” for the first half of next season . . .FULL ENTRY
The Hawthorne was the place to be after Boston Bites Back, the chef-tacular benefit for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. When the crowd at Fenway finally had its fill, several of the chefs headed to The Hawthorne for an after party hosted by owner Garrett Harker and Eastern Standard’s Jeremy Sewall and Jackson Cannon. Stopping by were chefs Jody Adams, Todd English, Louis DiBiccari, Nancy Cushman, Patrick Lee, Josh Childs, and BBB organizers Ming Tsai and Ken Oringer. While it may have fallen short of its $1 million goal, the event’s online auction — offering an on-field meet and greet with Bill Belichick, a first pitch at Fenway, and a day of beauty with Gretta Monahan, among other items — is at www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/bostonbitesback.FULL ENTRY
Celtics forward Brandon Bass was one of the taller guests at this week’s Dress for a Cause fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The 6-foot-8 Bass was present in part to support his fiancee, Melissa Prejean, who was among the celebrity models showing off spring fashions from Kgirl and Sara Campbell. Also hitting the catwalk were TV types Bianca de la Garza, J.C. Monahan and Kelley Tuthill ...Meanwhile, Bass’s teammates Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo were spied this week hanging out on the island of Anguilla in the Caribbean....FULL ENTRY
The Dropkick Murphys have a show in Albuquerque May 30, so it’s unlikely the band will be shippin’ back to Boston for the star-studded concert that night at TD Garden benefiting the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. (They’d have to play a short set anyway because the bill for Boston Strong: An Evening of Support and Celebration already includes Aerosmith, Jason Aldean, Boston, Jimmy Buffett, Dane Cook, Extreme, The J. Geils Band, Godsmack, James Taylor, Carole King, and New Kids on The Block, among others.) But the Dropkicks are doing their part. Ken Casey and the boys this week released a three-song EP that includes a new version of the band’s song, “Rose Tattoo,” featuring vocals by Bruce Springsteen.FULL ENTRY
CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosts an hourlong documentary about the Boston Marathon bombings Friday, and it features several of the powerful pictures shot by Boston Globe photographer John Tlumacki. “Back to Boston – Moments of Impact,” airing at 10 p.m., tells the stories behind some of Tlumacki’s images. He and other photographers are interviewed by CNN’s Randi Kaye about capturing emotional moments in the midst of such a tragedy.FULL ENTRY
The events of April 15 are not lost on Bradley Cooper. The actor, who had attended the interfaith service for victims of the Marathon bombings, was photographed this week wearing a “Boston Strong” T-shirt while walking around the set of “American Hustle,” the movie he’s been shooting here with Jennifer Lawrence and director David O. Russell.FULL ENTRY
At its annual spring gala at the JFK Library this week, Catholic Charities honored Marshall and Barbara Sloane, founders of Century Bank. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of the Boston Archdiocese, said the Sloanes come from the “venerable Jewish tradition of repairing the world through action that improves the lives of others.”FULL ENTRY
It was an orgy of food at Fenway Park Wednesday as some of the finest chefs from Boston and beyond gathered for a one-of-a-kind benefit for the One Fund. The event, which was dubbed Boston Bites Back by organizers Ken Oringer and Ming Tsai, was certainly the tastiest fund-raiser yet for the victims of the Marathon bombings. Guests paid between $100 and $1,000 to get in the door, where dozens of chefs were cooking and serving from behind concession stands and at tables set up throughout the ballpark. Familiar faces included Mayor Tom Menino, Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Fire Commissioner Roderick Fraser, comedian Lenny Clarke, “Person of Interest” costar Kevin Chapman, former Patriots Matt Light and Steve DeOssie, and spa magnate Gretta Monahan.FULL ENTRY
Designer Thom Filicia — you probably know him better as one-fifth of Bravo’s long-ago reality show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” — signed copies of his latest book, “American Beauty,” at an opening event for the Kohler Signature Store by Supply New England in Natick. An opening event and an opening are two different things. The store doesn’t open to the public until Saturday. . . . Actor Bill Paxton, in town for Wednesday’s Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund event, had dinner and drinks with friends at Sonsie.FULL ENTRY
The weather wasn’t ideal but hundreds of people still turned out for Wednesday’s Party in the Park benefiting the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. Now in its 10th year, the annual Hat Party raised close to $1 million for the stewardship of the meadows, woodlands, and paths designed by the late, great landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.FULL ENTRY
We’re not in Wrentham anymore. Ayla Brown, daughter of former US Senator Scott Brown, will make her debut at the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on May 25. The former “American Idol” contestant is a country singer these days, and will perform two songs — “Pride of America” and “Hero in Her Hometown” — from her new CD. “When I moved to Nashville two years ago, I went to my first Opry show and was mesmerized during the entire two hours,” Brown said in a statement. “To get the opportunity to debut on that stage on Memorial Day weekend is such an honor, and I will never forget this for the rest of my life.”FULL ENTRY
Oscar winner Morgan Freeman will be in town Sunday to receive an honorary degree at BU’s commencement. The 75-year-old actor, who won an Academy Award for his role in “Million Dollar Baby,” said in a statement that he’s proud to receive a Doctor of Humane Letters degree. “However,” he added, “we must never lose sight that there is no such thing as an honorary education.” Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp will deliver the commencement address and Robert Langer, the MIT professor and inventor, will also receive an honorary degree.FULL ENTRY
Director David O. Russell, whose movie “Silver Linings Playbook” received an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay, will be honored with the Screenwriting Tribute Award at this summer’s Nantucket Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday. Russell, who also directed “The Fighter” and just wrapped “American Hustle,” will be presented the award by Oscar nominee Glenn Close. Russell will also take part in the festival’s “In Their Shoes” program, along with actress Mariel Hemingway and director Barbara Kopple. The Nantucket Film Festival takes place this year from June 26-30.FULL ENTRY
Taylor Swift’s new neighbors in Watch Hill, R.I., may be regretting that the superstar singer moved into their exclusive seaside neighborhood. Why? Because when you have millions and millions of fans, there’s a strong chance a few of them will make a nuisance of themselves by trying to meet you. And that’s just what Lucas H. Vorsteveld, a 22-year-old Swift fan from Chicago, tried to do early Wednesday, according to police in Westerly, R.I. Vorsteveld was picked up by police at 2:15 a.m. after he allegedly tried to swim to a beach near the enormous house Swift just purchased in Watch Hill. “He was walking near her house and was arrested for trespassing,” Westerly police Captain Shawn Lacey told us.FULL ENTRY
Sean Hepburn Ferrer, son of the late Audrey Hepburn, was at the UNICEF Women’s Luncheon, held Tuesday at Hampshire House. (The actress was appointed UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1987 and her son now chairs the U.S. Fund for UNICEF’s Audrey Hepburn Society.) “Our mother believed in education above all,” said Hepburn Ferrer, who works in the movie business. “New England is the cradle of the America civilization, and the home to the greatest education on the planet, so it seems like a natural thought that we focus on that. It’s also the only longterm solution to getting UNICEF to not be the only the fireman of the world but also to bring and deliver an education for all children.”FULL ENTRY
Maurice Hines, who’s in town performing “Tappin Thru Life: An Evening with Maurice Hines” at the Cutler Majestic Theatre, spoke the other night at the Museum of African American History. Hines is the brother of acclaimed tap dancer Gregory Hines. . . . Meanwhile, at its annual gala, the museum honored actress-playwright Anna Deavere Smith with its Living Legend Award. . . . Newbury Street stylists Patrice Vinci, Dean Mellen, Desi, Roberto Echevarria, Keisha Galloway, and Alexandra Ellis set up shop this week at the Ritz Carlton in New York to style the stars at the NBC Upfronts. Getting their glam on were Minnie Driver, Sean Hayes, Dermot Mulroney, Megan Boone, and Betsy Brant, who plays Michael J. Fox’s wife in “The Michael J. Fox Show.”FULL ENTRY
Gisele Bundchen gave birth to her second child just six months ago, but you’d never know it judging from the picture she posted on Instagram Tuesday. Motherhood clearly agrees with Tom Brady’s 32-year-old supermodel spouse, who looks limber as she does yoga with a pal. (We’re told that’s a variation of the Twisting Warrior pose.) “A beautiful way to start the morning practicing with my friend Cristina Kalyani Paes,” wrote Gisele. “Wishing you a joyful day!”FULL ENTRY
A state appeals court panel has revived Boston founder Tom Scholz’s defamation suit against his late bandmate Brad Delp’s ex-wife.
The decision is a victory for Scholz, who sued Micki Delp and the Boston Herald for defamation after a series of articles was published following the singer’s 2007 suicide. The courts eventually dismissed both suits, but Scholz filed appeals. No decision has been made on the Herald suit.
Scholz, mastermind of the rock band Boston, known for its mega-selling hits “More Than a Feeling” and “Don’t Look Back,” sued after the Boston Herald’s Inside Track writers Gayle Fee and Laura Raposa wrote articles about Brad Delp’s death that quoted Delp’s former wife along with other unnamed sources.FULL ENTRY
Ari Seth Cohen owes his career to his grandmother, but not because he inherited her business or her wealth. Cohen shares her sense of style. “My grandma was one of my best friends,” he says. “She was a wonderful example of getting older, staying active, and staying creative as you get older.” A New York-based photographer, Cohen runs the popular blog Advanced Style, which is focused on fashionable women in their 70s, 80s, and beyond. We caught up with him at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Orchard Cove in Canton, where he was chatting with a group of admiring - and adventurous - oldsters.FULL ENTRY
One of the items being auctioned at Greater Boston PFLAG’s annual fundraiser Thursday is a Celtics No. 98 jersey signed by Jason Collins, the NBA player who recently acknowledged that he’s gay. In his Sports Illustrated story, Collins revealed that he chose #98 for the C’s (and later the Washington Wizards) because 1998 was the year University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard was kidnapped and tortured in an attack that cost him his life and galvanized the gay community. “My one small gesture of solidarity” was to wear #98, Collins wrote. Thursday’s event in the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Fens is a benefit for the national nonprofit is made up of parents, families, and friends of lesbians and gays.FULL ENTRY
The state’s congressional delegation is marking the one-month anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings with a benefit for The One Fund at Legal Sea Foods in Washington. Mayor Tom Menino and Governor Deval Patrick were both invited, but neither can attend. (Menino because of health issues, and the governor because he’s scheduled to be in Ireland.) Otherwise, says Legal Sea Foods owner Roger Berkowitz, every member of the delegation has RSVP’d. The invitation lists suggested donations of $1,000 for friends, $5,000 for sponsors, and $10,000 for the host committee. “We’ll take whatever we can get,” Berkowitz told us. “It’s just a way for people in D.C. with a connection to Boston to help.”FULL ENTRY
New Patriots receiver Danny Amendola has a tough task trying to fill Wes Welker’s shoes. So maybe it makes sense that his first TV ad as a member of the Pats is for Foot Locker. In the spot, called “Park Run,” Amendola is in a park with a friend and trying to prove that he doesn’t need cool ASICS sneakers to get attention. “I’m kind of a big deal in New England right now,” he says. And to prove it, he stops a woman who’s running past. “You know who I am, right?” he says. We’ll let you guess her response.FULL ENTRY
It’s been said that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and we totally agree. So, it seems, does Seiji Ozawa. Though living these days in Tokyo, the former conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra clearly still keeps the Hub close to his heart. Ozawa took this adorable photo with his daughter, Seira, wearing Boston Strong T-shirts sent to them by the BSO. Ozawa reports that he’s recovered from cancer and will be back on the podium this summer.FULL ENTRY
That’s a wrap. The cast and crew of director David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” celebrated the end of filming with a party Sunday at Bond, the lounge at the Langham Hotel. Over 200 people attended, we’re told, including actor Jeremy Renner, who arrived pushing a baby carriage with the baby’s mother, Sonni Pacheco; former Golden Gloves champ Dicky Eklund (who was played in Russell’s film, “The Fighter,” by Christian Bale), and others. Since “American Hustle” is set in the 1970s, the party soundtrack was heavy on ’70s dance hits, including Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.” . . . Kevin Bacon and Cindy Crawford were spied, separately, checking out of the Nine Zero Hotel over the weekend.FULL ENTRY
The Revere Hotel celebrated its one-year anniversary with an over-the-top party produced by night life nabob Susanne Bartsch and a staff of 50 eccentric New York performers. Among those hanging out Saturday night in the hotel’s Space 57 were Ace Gershfield, Frankie Stavrianopoulos, Sal Boscarino, Shag owner Sandy Poirier, Janet Wu, Bianca de la Garza, Marilyn Riseman, ghoulish model-performance artist Amanda Lapore, and former “Baywatch” beauty Traci Bingham. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the One Fund.FULL ENTRY
Filmmaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom was among the honorary degree recipients at Simmons College’s commencement ceremony over the weekend. A onetime actress and the wife of California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Siebel Newsom co-executive produced the Oscar-nominated documentary “Invisible War,” about sexual assault in the US military. . . . At 26, Millennium Campus Network cofounder Sam Vaghar was the youngest person ever to deliver the commencement address at Lynn University.FULL ENTRY
Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is getting back into the fight game. The director of the Jake LaMotta biopic “Raging Bull” is set to produce a movie about Rhode Island boxer Vinny Paz. According to The Providence Journal, Scorsese has agreed to be an executive producer on the project, which is being pushed by East Greenwich native Chad Verdi. Paz, nicknamed “The Pazmanian Devil,” was a boxing champ who suffered a broken neck in a car accident but three months later returned to the ring. Verdi says the working title of the movie, scheduled for release in 2016, is ‘‘Bleed for This: The Vinny Paz Story.’’FULL ENTRY
The Peabody Essex Museum has announced it’s ending its relationship with Rick Mather Architects following Mather’s death in April from a heart attack. The firm, renowned for its work on the Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford and the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, had been designing PEM’s 175,000-square-foot expansion. “We are deeply saddened by Rick Mather’s passing. It was a privilege and an honor to work with Rick and his team. He was a gifted architect,” Dan Monroe, PEM’s Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo director and CEO, said in a statement. “After careful consideration, we have determined the best way forward to complete our expansion project is to engage the services of another firm for the next phase of design.”FULL ENTRY
Parties at the Institute of Contemporary Art are rarely stuffy affairs, and this weekend’s fundraising gala was no exception. There were performances by Nick Cave – the artist famous for his wearable fabric sculptures, not the Australian singer – the omnipresent Amanda Palmer, and a late-night DJ set by Solange Knowles, Beyonce’s big sister. The well-coiffed crowd included ICA director Jill Medvedow, dancer/choreographer Karole Armitage, ICA trustees Charles Brizius and Paul Buttenwieser, artist Mark Cooper, Boston Foundation’s Paul Grogan, Paul Ha of the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Louis Boston owner Debi Greenberg, the Boston Harbor Association’s Vivien Li, the BRA’s Kairos Shen, Priscilla Rojas of State Street, and stylist Mario Russo.FULL ENTRY
It seemed only fitting that Annie Lennox would break into song while giving the commencement address for the Berklee College of Music Saturday at the Agganis Arena.
Lennox, who also received an honorary doctorate alongside fellow honorees Carole King and Willie Nelson, spoke movingly about her hardscrabble Scottish roots — she used to play a toy piano in her family’s two-room flat — and the superstardom that followed, first with Eurythmics and then as a solo artist.
With any luck, she said, her story might inspire the latest batch of Berklee grads to appreciate “the value of unorthodoxy.” She also counseled the students to use life’s sudden detours as opportunities.FULL ENTRY
Vanderbilt University pitching phenom Tyler Beede, from Auburn, Mass., doubles as hip-hop artist Young Beedah, whose “Boston Strong” track played at Fenway Park
Last week’s Sports Illustrated touted Vanderbilt University phenom Tyler Beede as a stud college baseball pitcher and likely top-five MLB draft pick in 2014. The Auburn (MA.) native and Lawrence Academy grad has another claim to fame, though. As hip-hop artist Young Beedah , Beede recently posted a YouTube track titled “Boston Strong” that was played during the first Red Sox home game after the Marathon bombing, when Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia strode to the plate in the 7th inning. Written last summer, the song makes reference to Big Papi, Duck Boats, and “sipping on that dirty water,” among other hometown touches. Beede is also a cofounder of More Than Me, a nonprofit helping young professional athletes find ways to support their local communities.FULL ENTRY
Newton sculptor Nancy Schon is the creator of the famous “Make Way for Ducklings” sculpture in the Boston Public Garden. But she’s made other sculptures inspired by children’s literature, too, including bronze versions of A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and Eeyore, both of which reside on the Children’s Patio at the Newton Free Library.
On Saturday, Pooh and Eeyore made way for their friend Piglet, who was installed at a public ceremony. Piglet was commissioned by Newton resident Sonja Calabi to honor her brother who died when he was a boy. “She thought her brother had characteristics just like Piglet,” Schon said at the ceremony. “He was timid but brave and he was able to conquer his fears.”FULL ENTRY
Aerosmith will be back in Boston to play the One Fund benefit May 30, but for now Joe Perry is holed up in LA in a house owned by Johnny Depp. The Aerosmith guitarist is working on his memoir with David Ritz, a ghost writer who’s collaborated with the likes of Buddy Guy, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Cornel West, and Marvin Gaye…Sox slugger David Ortiz was at Sonsie for dinner and drinks after Saturday’s game…Pats players Rob Ninkovich, Chandler Jones, and Stevan Ridley dined at Strega Waterfront, while Sox starter Ryan Dempster and former Braves pitcher John Smoltz were eating at another table…FULL ENTRY
When Willie Nelson heard the Berklee College of Music was making him a doctor, “I was going to ask them if I could write my own medication,” he says with a chuckle. “Probably not, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.”
The country music titan is one of three artists upon whom Berklee is conferring honorary doctor of music degrees during its commencement ceremony Saturday at Agganis Arena. Legendary singer and songwriter Carole King and Grammy-winning multiplatinum pop-soul powerhouse and former Eurythmic Annie Lennox were set to join Nelson onstage.
Lennox, who was also slated to give the commencement address, was excited to be performing with the students during the annual graduation eve concert Friday.FULL ENTRY
Among the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings was Celeste Corcoran of Lowell, who worked one block over from the finish line as a hairdresser at Emerge Spa & Salon on Newbury Street. As word spread of Corcoran’s injuries _ she lost both legs in the blasts, and her teenage daughter, Sydney, was also badly hurt _ hair dressers along Newbury banded together for what they are calling Celeste-a-thon, to be held Monday. The co-owners of Emerge are coordinating the event, in which two dozen participating salons will donate proceeds from their appointments that day to Corcoran’s recovery fund.
“We were getting so many calls from stylists who wanted to do something,” said Marti Mercer, the salon director for Emerge and its sister salon, G2O.FULL ENTRY
More than a thousand guests attended the annual meeting of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday night at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. This year’s inductees into the Academy of Distinguished Bostonians were (left to right) Governor Deval Patrick, Bank of America executive Anne Finucane, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough.FULL ENTRY
Although she confessed to still being in a bit of shock, Beverly native Angie Miller was nothing but upbeat when chatting with reporters Friday following her elimination from “American Idol” Thursday night.
The teen singer professed love for fellow contestants Candice Glover and Kree Harrison — Miller’s roommate and closest friend during the Fox singing competition — and gave thanks for making it as far as she did.
“I feel like, in a way, that I’ve already won. Top three is amazing and the exposure I’ve had on the show and the journey has been incredible, so I really wouldn’t change a thing,” Miller said.
And attention Red Sox: Miller says she would be thrilled to sing the anthem at Fenway Park.FULL ENTRY
While the world celebrates the Boston Police Department’s heroism during the Marathon bombings, TNT has renewed executive producer Donnie Wahlberg’s passion project, “Boston’s Finest.” The unscripted series, a personal but respectful look at individual men and women in the BPD, will be back for a second season early next year. Wahlberg provides the matter-of-fact narration on the show, as we follow patrol officers, detectives, and gang unit and SWAT team members both on and off the clock. The creatively strong and non-stagey eight-episode first season brought in an average of 1.3 million viewers a week. While that’s not a particularly good number for TNT, the show’s prestige, especially after Boston has been in the national news in recent weeks, has proven irresistible.FULL ENTRY
“I was in the middle of auditioning, and I was midsentence when the casting director said, ‘Listen, kid. You should not be an actress. You are not pretty enough.’” Winona Ryder, in Interview magazine, about her early experience in show business.FULL ENTRY
Lawyer Nick Littlefield was among friends at the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health’s 100th anniversary celebration, held the other night at the Seaport Hotel. Littlefield was among the honorees at the event, attended by US Ambassador to Norway Barry White, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, and Deborah Enos, president of Neighborhood Health Plan.FULL ENTRY
It was a rollercoaster few days for Beverly native Angie Miller on “American Idol.” On Saturday she enjoyed a triumphant return to her hometown. On Wednesday she gave three well-received performances buoyed by that trip home. And on Thursday the teen bid a tearful farewell when she was eliminated from the Fox singing competition. Buffeted by her fellow top three contestants Candice Glover and Kree Harrison — who advanced to next week’s finale — Miller watched a video montage of her journey from her first audition in New York City through the various stages of the competition. A cheerful presence on the show, judge Mariah Carey deemed Miller “festive” since she was often seen smiling and clapping her hands joyfully. Miller received high marks throughout season 12, with the show’s panel of judges routinely praising the quality and power of her voice, her piano playing, and original songwriting, with Carey calling her potential limitless.FULL ENTRY
Boston’s Hot Pink Party -- one of the city’s most anticipated fundraisers -- took over the InterContinental Boston Wednesday for an evening of glamour and glitz -- and a special performance by local hip-hop darling, Shea Rose. The event, a benefit for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, honored Carolyn and Peter Lynch with the 2013 Boston Humanitarian Award for their support of a variety of programs. (The award was given to them by Dr. Gerry Doyle.) Among the evening’s presenters were philanthropist and make-up magnate Leonard A. Lauder, “Inside Edition” host Deborah Norville, and WCVB Channel 5 reporter Kelley Tuthill, whose impassioned remarks about Boston’s resilience in the wake of the bombings had the room at a standstill...FULL ENTRY
“Gangnam Style” sensation PSY visited Harvard Thursday, regaling students about what it’s like to become an international phenomenon practically overnight. “I’m not here to make something academic or educational,” he told the audience at Harvard’s Memorial Church, “I’m here to talk about my experience.” That he did, chatting about growing up in Korea where he was expected to go into a “semi-conductor equipment thing,” to attending Boston University, to becoming a pop singer and producer, to releasing “Gangnam Style” -- the most watched YouTube video of all time. (That’s 1.6 billion views, for those keeping count.)FULL ENTRY
Kevin Bacon feels great affection for Boston. “Boston is an important place,” says the actor, who just concluded his first season of the Fox drama “The Following.” “I fell in love with my wife [Kyra Sedgwick] in Boston and I’ve done two movies there.” Bacon has also played several shows over the years with the band that he and his older brother Michael front. Due to that enduring affection for the city, they will be donating the profits from their Bacon Brothers show at the Wilbur Theatre Friday to the One Fund. “Obviously it’s going to be a long road for those people who were victims of the bombing and we just figured we’re coming into town we might as well help out a little bit,” said Kevin.FULL ENTRY
Expect a variety of performers to hit town July 26-28 when the Boston Summer Arts Weekend takes place in Copley Square. Artists announced for the free festival include legendary New Orleans boogie-woogie piano man Dr. John, Beninoise singer Angélique Kidjo, and a Sunday afternoon that celebrates classical music with the Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Carlos Núñez, the Spanish musician who plays the traditional Galician bagpipe, will perform with the Landmarks Orchestra. The festival is sponsored by WGBH and the Globe and presented by Citizens Bank. Other performers include the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Berklee College of Music student Noe Socha, the bluegrass band Della Mae, ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, Brooklyn-based Bhangra band Red Baraat, and Session Americana.FULL ENTRY
NBA player Jason Collins, who revealed in Sports Illustrated that he’s gay, will be in Boston for Pride Week. We know because Congressman Joe Kennedy, Collins’s former roommate at Stanford, tweeted it Wednesday: “Want to march with me and @jasoncollins34 in the @bostonpride parade on June 8? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up!” In the SI story, Collins says he decided to come out after learning that Kennedy had walked in Pride Parade. “”I’m seldom jealous of others, but hearing what Joe had done filled me with envy,” Collins, a former Celtic, says in the story.FULL ENTRY
The trailer is out for “Captain Phillips,” and here’s what you can expect when it hits theaters in October. Tom Hanks trying to pull off some kind of New England accent, since he plays Richard Phillips, the Vermont ship captain who survived being taken hostage by Somali pirates in 2009; drama galore, considering that Paul Greenspan, who directed Matt Damon in the “Bourne Ultimatum” and “Bourne Supremacy”, is directing; and plenty of recognizable scenery, since several scenes were filmed not in Underhill, Vt., Phillips’ hometown, but at Sudbury’s Town Hall.In addition to Hanks, the movie costars Catherine Keener and David Warshofsky, and a really big boat that looks just like the Maersk Alabama that was taken over by the pirates.FULL ENTRY
Right there alongside the big names we expect to see winning James Beard Foundation awards, like Cooking Light, Bon Appetit, Travel & Leisure, was a little magazine based in Watertown called ChopChop, a non-profit that aims to get kids and parents to cook and eat together more.” And what award did its founding editor walk away with? Only Publication of the Year.
“This recognition will help ChopChopKids further our goal of eliminating obesity, by getting kids in the kitchen and making real, healthy food with their families,” Sally Sampson, the founder and president of ChopChopKids and publisher of ChopChop magazine, said in a statement. Sampson, a cookbook author and food writer, has occasionally contributed kid-friendly recipes to the Boston Globe Magazine.FULL ENTRY
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