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Honoring Grousbeck

From left: Wyc Grousbeck, Patrick Lyons, and Danny Ainge. From left: Wyc Grousbeck, Patrick Lyons, and Danny Ainge. (Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / February 3, 2010

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A reception was held at the Liberty Hotel last night for Wyc Grousbeck, the Celts chief executive and new chairman of the board of the Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary. Grousbeck, whose son is blind, had founded a genetic therapy research project targeting blindness, and his wife, Corinne, is chairwoman of the Trust Board at Perkins School for the Blind. Guests included Sox chief executive Larry Lucchino, Livingston Taylor, Mayor Tom Menino, Danny Ainge of the Celtics, nightlife nabob Patrick Lyons, and chef Lydia Shire.

Will Southie be the next ‘Jersey’?
Are Snooki, the Situation, and Pauly D headed for Southie? Maybe. MTV says it will move the cast of its popular reality show to a new location for its second season. The network has posted a survey online, asking fans where the “Jersey Shore’’ crew should live next, and options include the Congo, Ibiza, Detroit, and, yes, good old South Boston. It’s not probable the cast will move here: MTV has hinted the show will find a home in a warmer climate. Still, Southie locals told us yesterday that they’d be more than happy to welcome the suntanned bunch to town. Natasha Kanieff, co-owner of St. Alphonzo’s Kitchen on A Street, said she’d take the “Jersey’’ group on as regulars. “I would probably serve them antipasto and chicken parm and some calamari,’’ Kanieff said. Meanwhile, an employee who answered the phone at the L Street Tavern said the “Jersey Shore’’ personalities are welcome at his bar - mainly because he doesn’t know who they are. “The only thing I remember about the Jersey shore is when I was in the service,’’ the employee told us. “I’m 70 years old. What are the chances you figure I’ve seen that show? Slim to none, and slim just left the building.’’

Whitford, Kramer to play benefit
Brad Whitford and Joey Kramer aren’t sitting around while Aerosmith sorts itself out. We’re told the two have committed to play a benefit at the House of Blues Feb. 28 with Jim Belushi, former Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau, ex-Santana percussionist Michael Carabello, James Montgomery, and Johnny A. (The show is a benefit for DeviBlue and the International House of Blues Foundation and kicks off the HOB’s Powerhouse Breakout Artist Series, a new monthly showcase.) Carabello, who’s played with everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Steve Miller, just moved to Massachusetts because he got engaged. “But one of the reasons I moved here is to play with seasoned musicians,’’ said Carabello. “Being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame doesn’t get you any more gigs, but I can give back, and that’s what I’m doing.’’

The Secret is out
MySecretBoston.com, a new website about the Hub run by former Boston Magazine editor Jon Marcus, celebrated its launch with a party at the Foundation Room at the House of Blues the other night. Guests included City Council President Mike Ross, Mandarin Oriental’s Robin Brown, Foundation to be Named Later director Allyce Najimy, Conventures president Dusty Rhodes (whose son T.K. Skenderian is the website’s video host), WBZ man Jon Keller (whose son Jared is the site’s new media director), and Club d’Elf bassist Mike Rivard. Entertainment was provided by TAB the Band, which features Joe Perry’s sons Tony and Adrian.

The Bourne hibernation
Matt Damon told Empire magazine at the recent UK premiere for “Invictus’’ that he’s out as Jason Bourne, at least for now. “There will probably be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director before we do another one,’’ he told the mag. But there is hope: Damon said we might get another Bourne movie - starring him - in about five years.

Revved up
"As soon as I heard, I jumped up and down and for some reason I kept screaming, 'I'm gonna get a car, I'm gonna get a car.' " -- Gabourey Sidibe, nominated yesterday for a best actress Oscar for "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire"

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