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Sox pair weigh holiday play; councilor swept up

TIME OUT In The New York Times yesterday, sportswriter Murray Chass wrote about the decision of Los Angeles Dodgers star Shawn Green not to play during Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. (Yom Kippur begins today at sundown and ends tomorrow at sundown.) While he's at it, Chass writes that Sox players Gabe Kapler and Kevin Youkilis -- two of the Major League's 10 Jewish ballplayers -- have not decided whether they'll play. "It's not as easy as a straight yes or no," Kapler is quoted as saying. Before anyone accuses our strong-armed outfielder of being wishy-washy, check out his ink: In 2000, Kapler got a Star of David tattooed on one of his calves along with the words "strong-willed" and "strong-minded." The next year, on his other calf, Gabe got a flame tattoo, with the dates of the Holocaust and the words "never again." So there. (Never mind that the Torah prohibits tattoos.)

DOUBLE PLAY In the spread yesterday predictably headlined "Hometown hottie," the Boston Herald didn't tell you the one thing about BoSox base sweeper Colleen Reilly you may actually want to know. The pony-tailed lass, who runs around between innings with a broom, is spending her free time with city councilor Mike Ross. Now you know.

THE REAL SHOT The most amazing thing about writer-director Jeff Nathanson's movie "The Last Shot," which opens in theaters today, is that it's actually based on events that happened in Providence. The movie stars Matthew Broderick as a writer-director whose project is given the go-ahead by producers who are really undercover FBI agents conducting a sting operation to root out mob corruption. In town recently to promote his film, Nathanson said he had no previous connection to the story or to the region. "I read it, and I couldn't believe it. Then I wanted to retell that story as a movie -- how the FBI and those they were going after both got caught up in the idea that they were making a movie. It's fairly ridiculous," he said.

THAT'S A WRAP Even before he spied frizzy-haired Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti hanging around the set of "Fever Pitch," actor Bobby Curcuro knew his time with Drew Barrymore would be limited. "That's her boyfriend, right?" said Curcuro, who has three lines in the baseball movie being filmed at Fenway by the brothers Farrelly. "He looks kind of like Edward Scissorhands." But Curcuro, who played Casey the bouncer in "Good Will Hunting," did manage to meet Barrymore and found her most becoming.

ART HISTORIAN He'd planned to visit the homesteads of his heroes Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson last weekend, but the excellent Italian painter Francesco Clemente didn't get a chance. "The rain stopped me," he said. "I'm very fond of these New England prophets. Maybe another time." As it turns out, Clemente is back in town today for the opening of his show at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis. (Called "Tandoori Satori," the exhibition of 28 paintings runs until Dec. 12.) So what's his interest in the Transcendentalists? "I believe in meaning, and I believe in contemplation," Clemente said. "The power of America rests on people's ideas and should not rest on material things."

HITHER AND YON If you need another reason to watch "Crossing Jordan" -- just catching a glimpse of Jill Hennessy is usually enough for us -- Sunday's show is set in the Ted Williams Tunnel during a Boston blackout. . . . Baltimore Orioles first baseman/designated hitter Rafael Palmeiro was shopping at Louis Boston while "Bergdorf Blondes" author Plum Sykes was conducting a book signing down the hall. . . . And "Survivor" contestant Mia Galeotalanza, regularly listed as being from New Jersey (her birthplace) rather than Boston (where she lives), was at the Baseball Tavern the other night after the Sox game. Galeotalanza graduated from Northeastern and tended bar in the area for 10 years before her big break on reality TV.

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