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Paradiso and the Wolf

The Paradiso Girls performing at the Marina Bay Beach Club in Quincy. The Paradiso Girls performing at the Marina Bay Beach Club in Quincy. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
July 17, 2009
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Some guys have all the luck. Take Peter Wolf, for instance. The J. Geils frontman dined at Via Matta the other night, and was joined by the Paradiso Girls, the all-girl group that performed later at the Marina Bay Beach Club. Michael Schlow, dressed in his chef’s whites, served Aria, Chelsea, Kelly, Lauren, and Shar himself while Wolf regaled the girls with songs and stories of yore. (The Paradiso pretties, whose club hit is called “Patron Tequila,’’ each walked away with a signed copy of Schlow’s cookbook, “It’s About Time.’’) So what did the girls make of the Woofa Goofa with the green teeth? “He is so cool . . . we had dipp conversations,’’ tweeted Parisian Aria Paradiso afterward. We think she meant “deep.’’

Let the sports radio wars begin
Is a battle brewing between WEEI and the all-sports station that will rise from the ashes of WBCN? Apparently so. Yesterday, a caller to ’BCN’s “Toucher and Rich’’ show told the hosts they’d been disparaged by ’EEI afternoon jock Glen Ordway, and that’s all it took for Fred “Toucher’’ Toettcher and his cohost, Rich Shertenlieb, to start the name-calling. “I gotta hand it to the Big O,’’ said Toucher, referring to Ordway by his nickname. “Once you turn 50, you have to grow a walrus mustache and weigh 500 pounds. . . . You just say, ‘Screw it, I love those chips so much, the ultimate tribute would be to morph my body and face into the Pringles guy.’’ They also read a tweet by Bill Simmons. “So excited someone is challenging WEEI,’’ wrote the ESPN columnist. “They are the mid-80’s Soviets: a smoke & mirrors superpower with warts. And we know how that ended.’’ Ouch. “The Sports Hub,’’ which launches Aug. 13 at 98.5 FM, hasn’t announced its lineup, but Toucher and Rich will remain on in the morning.

Blades at Harvard
Actor and salsa star Ruben Blades was at Harvard yesterday to inspect a collection of his old LPs, posters, and other memorabilia. The 61-year-old former tourism minister of Panama visited his archives and was expected to perform a duet with his wife, jazz singer Luba Mason, at a Cambridge club last night. Blades earned an international law degree from Harvard in 1985.

Potter mania
If you don’t think grown-ups go wild for “Harry Potter,’’ you should have seen the crowd at the Middle East the other night. With the release of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,’’ the Cambridge club hopped on the Harry bandwagon, hosting a Potter-themed costume and dance night featuring the fancy ladies of Jacques Cabaret, DJ Punketta Doilie, DJ YES&NO, and DJ Clay N Ferno. By the way, an ad for the film airing on MTV features a whole slew of Emerson students playing Quidditch, the sport made famous by “Harry Potter’’ author J.K. Rowling. The spot, pitting Emerson against a squad of wizards from Middlebury, was shot on a particularly dreary day. Said Emerson film major Scott Peragine: “It was an incredible experience. . . . Most of us are studying communications and film, so to be able to play Quidditch and to learn about something we hope to do at the same time, that made it even better.’’

Checking in
The Bruins are off for a while, but some of the players stayed to enjoy the summer. B’s Marco Sturm (inset) and Aaron Ward paid a visit to Laboure Center Preschool in South Boston, and read a few books to the wee ones. The players’ appearance was a promotion for the ReadBoston Storymobile, a six-week summer literacy program championed by Mayor Tom Menino.

Hooping it up
Celtics forward Bill Walker schooled the upstarts at the team’s Reebok Youth Basketball Camp yesterday. Walker told the kids he enjoys playing against Vince Carter and his favorite teammate is Rajon Rondo. Asked if any athletes came to camps he attended growing up, the West Virginia native recalled a visit by Randy Moss.

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