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Join the 'Brotherhood'

It was originally written as a series about two brothers -- one a politician, the other a mobster -- and was to be set in Boston. At one point, it was going to be shot in Toronto to save money. But ''Brotherhood," a Showtime TV series starring Jason Clarke and Jason Isaacs, will be set in Providence. An open casting call will be held today for filming this summer and fall. The notice says C.P. Casting of Boston is looking for ''children, adults, seniors, everyone. . . . Union and non-union actors." Those interested should show up from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. today at the atrium at the Department of Administration, 1 Capitol Hill, in Providence. . . . Also today at the Rack in Boston, the crew of an NBC reality show called ''Treasure Hunters" will be looking for female cast members. The listing calls for ''Apprentice"-type women who are ''intelligent and sexy, professors, students and Ivy League types" who are willing to travel, win challenges, and solve a puzzle.

BU goes to Mali

When more than 20 former heads of state gather next week in Bamako, Mali, for the African Statesmen Initiative, several participants with Boston University ties will be among them. Those traveling to the West African nation include the Rev. Charles Stith, former US ambassador to Tanzania and now director of BU's African Presidential Archives and Research Center; and former presidents Ketumile Masire of Botswana, Karl Auguste Offmann of Mauritius, and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, who is currently African President in Residence at BU's archives and research center. (The other two former leaders have also held the residency.) The three-day symposium will include discussions on topics ranging from democratization and security, economic development, health challenges affecting Africa, and elections.

Spotted in the area

Marcus Samuelsson, theacclaimed chef and co-owner of Aquavit in New York and author of several cookbooks, made his way to town yesterday for a taping of Ming Tsai's third season of ''Simply Ming." Samuelsson, a master of Scandinavian cuisine, will incorporate salmon into the episode's master recipe of citrus-truffle vinaigrette. . . . Joe Maddon, bench coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, dined in the Soiree Room at Upstairs on the Square on Thursday night.

Fresh off his game-winning home run, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz attended the commencement breakfast yesterday at UMass-Boston to welcome President Leonel Fernandez of the Dominican Republic, who was honored during the graduation.

Several hundred people were at Bentley College Thursday night to honor Gregory H. Adamian, who has served at the business college for 50 years, including as its president since 1970. The evening also pushed the school's capital campaign over its $100 million goal.

Campaign rolled out

What are they thinking over at Clear Channel? The media giant has an edgy new ad campaign promoting its fan-friendly summer perks: ''Music Sounds Better on Grass." Huh? Is Clear Channel pro-pot? No, swears corporate spokeswoman Heidi Kutsch. ''We're just rolling out a new initiative," she said, apparently no pun intended. ''We mean the lawn." Oh, right, the lawn. As for the perks, Clear Channel's keeping it real with lower ticket prices and better food, but no weed.

Sizing things up

'I'm not a victim of anything except my own shortcomings. It didn't feel terrific. . . . The last line of this hasn't been written.' Dan Rather, on the fallout from and criticism of a ''60 Minutes" report that questioned President Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard

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