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Page 2 of 2 -- CHILIS FEEL LOVE "Californication" and "Give It Away" were expected, but what's with the Red Hot Chili Peppers' covering the '70s pop hit "Brandy" at the hot ticket Creative Coalition bash Wednesday night? According to Cliff Burnstein, a partner in Q Prime, which manages the band, the Chilis had been playing the song as a lark during a recent European swing and decided to give it a whirl for the Democrats. (He had no explanation for guitarist John Frusciante doing his best Jimmy Somerville-falsetto take on Donna Summer's disco classic "I Feel Love," however.) The shaggy-haired Burnstein, who went unnoticed in the middle of the Peppers audience, may assume a more public face today when the documentary "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" opens. He has a few choice scenes in the chronicle of turmoil in the band, which Q Prime manages, too. Burnstein said he liked the movie, as does Metallica, but worries about it opening on such a busy movie day. "It's like Christmas," he said.

DUETS After introductions by Elizabeth Edwards and Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, Vanessa Carlton and Carole King displayed cross-generational Rock the Vote skills at an early-morning Park Plaza Hotel & Towers concert yesterday . King joined Carlton for a duet of "A Thousand Miles," and later, after King soloed on "Beautiful" and "I Feel the Earth Move," Carlton joined King for "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." The concert was sponsored by Lifetime Television.

SPOTTED AND DULY NOTED Yesterday afternoon, Union Oyster House owner Joe Milano gave Paramount Studios CEO Sherry Lansing a tour of the historic eatery. . . . NBC morning gal Katie Couric and Red Sox chairman Tom Werner had lunch at Via Matta and were spied yesterday holding hands as they walked to the Public Garden. . . . Former Attorney General Janet Reno had lunch yesterday at the Legal Sea Foods at Copley Place. . . . A member of Sean "P. Diddy" Combs's staff dropped into Redbones in Davis Square to pick up an order yesterday. . . . Grill 23 & Bar in the Back Bay was a mix of Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday night. Dining at the steakhouse -- at separate tables -- were former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld; Chicago mayor Richard Daley, with 30 guests to celebrate his wife's birthday; and at a third table, John Cusack, with a party of 12. . . . Alec Baldwin stopped the other night at Osushi at the Westin hotel. . . . Massachusetts House Speaker Tom Finneran was spotted taking a nap in the window of the Millennium Bostonian Hotel before John Edwards addressed Democratic delegates at the FleetCenter. . . . Former Georgia Senator Max Cleland ate lunch yesterday at Anthony's Pier 4, the third day in a row he's been there. . . . Wearing comfortable flip-flops, "Just Shoot Me" star Wendie Malick was spotted yesterday afternoon doing her best to help out the local economy on Newbury Street. . . . Seen at McCormick & Schmick's on several occasions in the last few days were NBC's Andrea Mitchell and Campbell Brown, "Sex and the City" gal Cynthia Nixon, and Philadelphia mayor John F. Street. . . . Governor Mitt Romney and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani attracted a lot of attention and loads of cheers (of "Ru-dee! Ru-dee!") when they had a long dinner at Bricco on Wednesday. . . . Alan Cumming was making sure everyone was happy at a gathering that included Richard Schiff at Clio in the wee hours of yesterday morning. . . . And, finally, there were FleetCenter crews making arrangements for P. Diddy and three golf carts' worth of an entourage for his arrival in the hall last night.

HONORING SCHUMER New York Senator Chuck Schumer was honored at a New York-style party Wednesday night at Spire in the Nine Zero hotel. Among those on hand at the Time Warner-sponsored cocktail reception were Sarah Jessica Parker (donning a fluffy pink Carrie Bradshaw-like skirt and closed-toe tan suede heels) and her husband, Matthew Broderick; the ubiquitous Ben Affleck; fellow New York senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; Steve Buscemi; and Leonardo DiCaprio. Afterward, chef Gabriel Frasca prepared a special dinner for Affleck: rosemary chicken with seasonal roasted vegetables prepared without oil, because Affleck is trying to be healthy, he told the staff. DiCaprio and Affleck stopped by Restaurant L after the Red Hot Chili Peppers played.

LIBRARY CARDS Former "Pee Wee Herman" star Paul Reubens was among those to stop by the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum this week, along with celebs Richard Schiff, Ellen Burstyn, Carole King, Bianca Jagger, Wendie Malick, Richard Kind, Rob Reiner, Laurie and Larry David, and Rolling Stone magazine's Jann Wenner. Like two ships passing in the harbor, Jack Valenti, the outgoing president of the Motion Picture Association of America was there on Wednesday for a lunch event, and Dan Glickman, the incoming president, had just left after a breakfast event. In addition to Caroline Kennedy and Senator Ted Kennedy and his wife, Vicki, local politicos and Democratic supporters have been stopping by, including Tom and Angela Menino, Ted and Gillian Sorensen, Paul and Gail Kirk, Alan and Susan Solomont, Tom and Nicole Hynes, and Chris and Hilary Gabrieli.

Scott Heller and David Beard of the Globe staff contributed to this column. Names can be reached at names@globe.com or at 617-929-8253. 

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