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A fine group of Fellows

Roberta Flack and Geoffrey Fletcher on Martha’s Vineyard for the Fletcher Fellows reception. Roberta Flack and Geoffrey Fletcher on Martha’s Vineyard for the Fletcher Fellows reception. (Peter Simon)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / August 17, 2010

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Singer Roberta Flack and screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, who won an Oscar for “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,’’ were among the guests at a reception on Martha’s Vineyard for the Fletcher Fellows. The event, emceed by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., was attended by Morehouse College board member Bob Davidson and his wife, Faye; Harvard professor Lani Guinier; Louis Sullivan, secretary of Health and Human Services in the George H.W. Bush administration; and retired Lieutenant Colonel William Baker, who led the government’s investigation into the 1906 Brownsville Raid.

Brady’s hairy situation

Tom Brady better get used to it. Appearing on WEEI yesterday, the signal caller was mocked for his shaggy ’do. “You apparently are having difficulty getting an appointment with the hair-stylist-to-the-stars on Newbury Street,’’ said morning man John Dennis, referring to Pini Swissa, owner of Salon Pini Swissa. “I have Mr. Swissa’s cellphone.’’ Brady explained he’s been too busy with football to get a haircut. “We’ve had two-a-days for the last three weeks. . . . This is what happens,’’ he said. “I passed that uncomfortable stage with it. Now, I’m just like, ‘Screw it, let’s just keep going.’ ’’ During the NBA playoffs, Dane Cook also teased Tom about his long locks. “Tom Brady’s been Bieber’d,’’ the comedian tweeted. “His hair looks like a yummy new Wonka confection. Tom Bieber & the Caramel Coif!’’ Asked if he is, in fact, paying tribute to Justin Bieber, Brady played along. “It’s not that. I figure I’m just going to keep changing it up, you know?’’ Meanwhile, Brady’s supermodel spouse, Gisele Bundchen, caused a bit of a stir at Pats practice yesterday. She and Brady’s mom, Galynn, showed up with the couple’s young son, Benjamin, and Jack, the QB’s son with actress Bridget Moynahan. At one point, No. 12 wandered over and gave his wife a kiss.

After tour, it’s TV time

New Hampshire-born Boston University grad Jamie Kaler called us yesterday from his Los Angeles home, where he was finally relaxing after a seven-week comedy tour that included USO stops in Guam and Japan. “It was just a bag dragging, as my brother calls it,’’ Kaler told us, admitting he was pleased to finally have some time off his feet and in front of his television. Kaler has big plans to watch a lot of “Hard Knocks’’ on HBO, which this season features the Jets. “I love that show,’’ Kaler said, adding, of course, that he’s a huge Patriots fan. Kaler’s own show — TBS’s “My Boys’’ — started its fourth season a few weeks ago. The series follows a sports reporter in Chicago (played by Jordana Spiro) and her guy pals. Kaler said the show’s biggest hurdle is that it’s up against “Mad Men’’ on AMC. Thank goodness for Tivos and DVRs, Kaler said. “Nobody watches anything live anymore.’’ Kaler told us that the “My Boys’’ demographic (20- and 30-something women) made itself known at his live shows this summer, which also featured his “My Boys’’ costar Michael Bunin. It’s nice to see the TV fans embracing live comedy, he said, and it’s not the worst thing to have girls in the audience. “I keep telling my guy friends, you should come to my show. It’s all women.’’ Sadly, Kaler said he has no plans to visit home anytime soon — unless things get serious with the Sox.

On the road again
More than 1,500 runners took part in the Chilmark Road Race on Martha’s Vineyard over the weekend. The 5K, a benefit for the Chilmark Community Center, was begun more than three decades ago by architect Hugh Weisman and continues to attract a few boldfaced names each year. Among the runners Saturday were “Bourne Identity’’ director Doug Liman, who finished the race in 28:06, and Caroline Kennedy, who ran the course in 34:08. The winner? BC student Louis Serafini, who crossed the line in 16:23.

Smells like school spirit
If you graduated from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in 1999 and you wondered why your famous friend Chris Evans didn’t bother to show up to your last high school reunion, blame Gucci. Evans, who appears in a new ad campaign for Gucci’s new fragrance Guilty with actress Evan Rachel Wood, told Elle magazine that the photo shoot for the perfume’s ad campaign conflicted with his plans to see old pals. “I missed my high school reunion because I was filming the ad for Gucci,’’ Evans explains in the September issue of the magazine, “but I still hang out with every person I would’ve wanted to see. Nobody moved away; they’re all still dating each other. There’s something in the water.’’ Indeed. Evans, who stars in the new Michael Cera film “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World’’ and will soon play Captain America, also told Elle that he cries every time he sees “Legends of the Fall.’’ Who can blame him?
Check’s in the mail?
Brad Whitford is still waiting. Before Aerosmith’s sold-out show at Fenway, we asked the guitarist if he’d yet heard from Bradley Whitford the actor. “No, I haven’t,’’ said the rocker. About what? A few months ago, while hyping his new cop show, “The Good Guys,’’ Whitford, the actor, told us he regretted once cashing a $500 check that was intended for Whitford, the guitarist. He pledged to reimburse the rocker if we got him an address, which we did. But standing backstage before Saturday’s show at the ballpark, the Aerosmith ax man said he hasn’t been paid back, and he’s not holding his breath.

A run and some fun
SBLI president Bob Sheridan was on hand to watch hundreds of youngsters run in the Falmouth Road Race over the weekend. While adults made the big trek, the kids ran 100 yards to a mile, depending on their age, and were then entertained by clowns at a cookout. . . . The American Ireland Fund hosted “Irish Night on Cape Cod’’ at the Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club in Brewster over the weekend. Joe Corcoran, chairman of Corcoran Jennison Companies, served as host with his wife, Rose. Guests at the party included UMass Medical Center chancellor Michael Collins and his wife, Maryellen; Jack Sebastian of Goldman Sachs and his wife, Alissa; and American Ireland Fund director Steve Greeley.

Spielberg is a no-show
Director Steven Spielberg did not attend “Film Night’’ at Tanglewood, the evening of John Williams scores that were featured in Spielberg’s many films. (Spielberg was not necessarily expected to show up, but he has in the past.) The notable who was in attendance over the weekend was film historian Robert Osborne, of Turner Classic Movies, who hosted the night.
Around town
Devoted dad Sam Waterston, who’s been hanging around Boston to see his son James star in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s production of “Othello,’’ stayed to watch its final performance Sunday night. . . . Willie Maye and Donna Johnson, widow of Hall of Famer and former Celtic Dennis Johnson, were spotted with friends at the Kowloon over the weekend, as were former Celt Hank Finkel and former Bruins Ken Hodge and Johnny McKenzie. . . . Glen Davis played drums at the Plummer Home for Boys in Salem yesterday. The aspiring percussionist — who should not quit his day job — was joined by Cedric Maxwell for the RE/MAX Home Court Program to dedicate a new court on the property. . . . Adam Duritz likes his room service, we hear. The Counting Crows frontman recently left the Ames after a four-day stay in one of the hotel’s luxury apartments. (The Crows just played a few dates in the area.)

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