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Keeping up with Julia Jones

Actress Julia Jones greets Emily Snider, 12, of Newton and other fans at the Wheelock Family Theatre last night. Actress Julia Jones greets Emily Snider, 12, of Newton and other fans at the Wheelock Family Theatre last night. (Essdras M Suarez/Globe Staff)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / May 28, 2010

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Jamaica Plain-bred actress Julia Jones was the guest of honor at a reception and Q&A at the Wheelock Family Theatre last night. Jones plays Leah Clearwater (the only female werewolf) in “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,’’ the third installment of the movies based on Stephenie Meyer’s uber-popular teen vampire series. Not surprisingly, a number of tweens and teens came out to see Jones interviewed about her career by WGBH’s Jared Bowen. Jones was scheduled to have dinner at 28 Degrees after the event with auction winners. Before Jones arrived at the Wheelock benefit, she stopped by the Globe, where she did a chat with readers on Boston.com. Jones was quizzed about her Boston roots, and was also asked the question of all questions — is she Team Edward or Team Jacob? Not surprisingly, “werewolf’’ Jones pledged allegiance to her pal Taylor Lautner’s Team Jacob. “But it was a hard one to figure out for a while,’’ Jones wrote in the chat. “They’re both pretty dreamy :)’’ Jones told us she’ll be at the MTV Movie Awards next weekend. “Eclipse’’ comes out June 30.

Final opening at Rotenberg gallery
A number of power players in the local art community attended the Judi Rotenberg Gallery’s final opening party Wednesday night. The Newbury Street space, which is now run by Rotenberg’s daughter Abigail Ross Goodman and Kristen Dodge, will close after the exhibit ends on June 14. Friends who came out to toast the last show included art collectors Beth and Richard Marcus, ICA director Jill Medvedow, MFA contemporary art curator Jen Mergel, and Joseph Carroll of the Harrison Street gallery Carroll and Sons. The gallery’s namesake was on hand as well.

Cook gets Kanye’d
Dane Cook has been tweeting about his awkward performance on the season finale of “American Idol.’’ Toward the end of the Arlington-bred comedian’s tribute song for departing judge Simon Cowell, Cook was interrupted by “Idol’’ reject Ian Benardo, who ran onstage and shouted that the evening was all about him. Cook tweeted that he had been “Kanye’d,’’ and that the interruption was not planned. “Weirdo hijacked the song. Just glad he didn’t hit me in the face w/the mic or American Idol would b American Beatdown.’’

Actresses at Harvard graduation
Oscar-winner Meryl Streep was in Cambridge yesterday to receive in honorary degree from Harvard. This isn’t her first Ivy League honor, though: She got an honorary degree from Princeton last year. (Streep also has a master’s degree from the Yale School of Drama.) Also at Harvard graduation was actress Ashley Judd, who has been pursuing a master’s in public administration at the Kennedy School.

Not fading into the background
Yesterday we ran a lovely photograph of Anna Faris and Chris Evans shooting a scene for the comedy “What’s Your Number?’’ in the North End. Sitting behind the familiar faces were two actors who played diners at a North End restaurant. Today, we can tell you who those local actors were: Susan Farese and Frank Cammarata, who have lengthy resumes playing featured background extras in local films. Farese will appear in the soon-to-be released “Grown-Ups’’ and the Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz film “Knight & Day.’’ She also played “Nurse #3’’ in “The Invention of Lying,’’ and “Upscale Shopper’’ in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.’’ Cammarata’s credits include “Bride Wars,’’ “The Proposal,’’ and “Edge of Darkness.’’

For a good cause
Governor Deval Patrick hosted a fund-raising event at Mantra on Wednesday night. More than 200 of his supporters snacked on samosas, naan, and kebabs at the party. . . . David Ortiz hosted “Eat n’ Greet,’’ a benefit for his David Ortiz Children’s Fund, at his Big Papi’s Grille in Framingham yesterday.

A big thank you
Big Sister Association of Greater Boston teamed up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay the other night to thank all the “bigs’’ who have worked with young people at the Bromley-Heath housing development. Big sisters at the party included Chelsea Jones, Boston City Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley, and Eva Woodward.

Power to the people
Appearing last night on behalf of the ACLU were comedian Lewis Black, street artist Shepard Fairey, singer Patty Larkin, and Representative John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat. The 90th Annual Bill of Rights Dinner was held at the Westin Copley.

On the Home team
Former Sox guy Dennis Eckersley and Grace and Frank Cyr were honorees at the Home for Little Wanderers’ Voices and Visions Gala the other night. Eckersley has been a big promoter of the Home, and the Cyrs are the organization’s longest-serving foster parents, having housed more than 90 children over 44 years. Attendees at the celebration included Suffolk Construction boss John Fish, Natixis Global Asset Management exec John Hailer, lawyer Bob Popeo, and Bob Sheridan of SBLI.

White House menu
Congrats to Providence chef Matt Jennings of Farmstead, who reports that he’ll join first lady Michelle Obama at the White House next week. He is helping Obama with her Chefs Move to Schools project, which pairs chefs with schools to combat obesity.

C’s off the court
Duke alum and Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca was at the White House yesterday to watch President Obama honor the school’s NCAA Championship-winning basketball team and its coach Mike Krzyzewski. . . . While Pagliuca was in Washington, former Celtics player Dana Barros and team president Rich Gotham were at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena honoring 800 Boston middle school students as part of the annual “Stay in School’’ celebration. More than 400 students were congratulated for their perfect attendance. Others were recognized for academic improvement, volunteering with the “Stay’’ program, and participating in an art contest.

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