'Looch' behaves himself in class
Some kids bring a toy, a book, or a family artifact for show-and-tell. Yesterday, Tewksbury's Kyle Lombardo brought a Boston Bruin. The hockey-obsessed second-grader showed up at L.F. Dewing School with Milan Lucic, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound winger affectionately known to B's fans as "Looch." (Lombardo's dad, Joe, bid on the bring-a-Bruin-to-school category at the team's annual charity auction.) Despite his well-earned reputation as a talented tough guy, Lucic was on his best behavior yesterday. "Nothing rough," number 17 said afterward, "even though the kids kind of wanted to." Lucic, who started skating at 3 years old, told us he downplays the importance of fighting when talking to kids. So how does his own mom react when he drops the gloves? "I played three years of junior hockey, and I did a lot of fighting in front of my mom and grandmother," he said. "They got used to it." Asked about his plans for the off-season, which started sooner than expected after the Bruins' early exit from the playoffs, Lucic said he'll take a "sunny trip" and play some golf. "I don't really play," he said. "I try to play."
A top-notch BanQ statementThe fashionable folks from Wallpaper magazine partied with BanQ co-owners Mark Raab and Hemant Chowdhury the other night, celebrating the South End eatery's designation as "Best New Restaurant in the World." The influential London-based design mag was represented by publisher Gord Ray, fashion editor Kiliaen Murphy, and editor in chief Tony Chambers. Afterward, we're told, the mag's masthead made its way over to Matthew Curtis's new venture, Tory Row, for burgers, beers, and a look at the Shepard Fairey artwork on the wall. On the way, Curtis took Ray and the rest on an impromptu tour of Cambridge's architectural highlights, including the Alvar Aalto-designed dorm and Tony Smith sculpture at MIT, and the Le Corbusier-designed Carpenter Center at Harvard.
A meeting with the generalSome 1,500 business leaders rubbed elbows with retired general and former secretary of state Colin Powell last night at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Suffolk Construction kingpin John Fish chaired the event - the 100th annual meeting and dinner of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce - and chamber president Paul Guzzi honored Fidelity's Peter Lynch and Linda Whitlock, former CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, with Distinguished Bostonian Awards. Others honored include Bentley president Gloria Larson, Mayor Tom Menino, and Jack Connors. Seated with Fish at the head table were Pats QB Tom Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen. Powell's take on his own place in national politics: "Rush Limbaugh says, 'Get out of the Republican Party.' Dick Cheney says, 'He's already out.' I may be out of their version of the Republican Party, but there's another version of the Republican Party waiting to emerge once again."
Is Randy Price returning to TV? Sources says Price, who abruptly left WHDH-TV (Channel 7) in February after 12 years, is being considered for an anchor/reporter position at WCVB-TV (Channel 5). Word is Price, one of New England's most familiar on-air faces, will do test shots today. (The job's been vacant since Jim Boyd left at the end of the year.) Price's departure from Channel 7 was characterized by station boss Ed Ansin as a "mutual agreement," but it's clear the former anchor isn't ready to retire. . . . One person who is coming back is Liz Walker. The former WBZ-TV anchor, who left Channel 4 at the end of '08, has a deal with Channel 5 to host a series called "Better Living With Liz Walker." Underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the program will air once per quarter and be produced by Walker's production company. The first in the series airs June 4.
Actors Adam Sandler, David Spade, Kevin James, Norm Macdonald, Chris Rock, and Rob Schneider are already becoming regulars at Abe & Louie's on Boylston Street. The guys, who are in town shooting "Grown Ups," ate together in a front booth after work Monday. (It was their fourth time in.) Sitting nearby were Mayor Tom Menino and Berklee president Roger Brown, and also Abe & Louie's owner Charlie Sarkis.
As a fund-raiser for the Hoffman Breast Center at Mount Auburn Hospital, best-selling writer Alice Hoffman hosted an "An Evening With Your Favorite Authors" featuring such all-star scribes as Jennifer Weiner, Gregory Maguire, Sebastian Junger, Elizabeth Berg, Claire Messud, and Tom Perrotta. Former television reporter Joyce Kulhawik and WCVB-TV's Kelley Tuthill, both cancer survivors, also spoke.
Meanwhile, Dave Eggers, author of "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius," was among several writers at a benefit last night for 826 Boston, the writing center in Egleston Square. Also making the scene at 60 State St. were (below, from left) National Book Award winner Julia Glass, Eggers, Steve Almond, Christopher Castellani, and Heidi Pitlor.
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