HOLY CLOTH The Virgin Mary grilled cheese sandwich? The gang at the Green Dragon Tavern can top that. Yesterday, waitress Arleene McDaid tossed a cloth she'd used to clean one of the tables at the Marshall Street saloon, and when it landed on the linen basket, the rag looked eerily like the Shroud of Turin. No kidding. ''I was sitting there eating a salad, and I said, 'Holy [expletive],' " said bartender Ryan Lugones. ''Everyone who sees the thing says it looks like Jesus. It's scary. . . . We're not going to move it." (The Shroud of Turin is the cloth that some believe covered the body of Christ after his crucifixion and bears his image.) McDaid, who moved here from Ireland three years ago, admitted yesterday that she's a wee bit spooked. ''I'm not as religious as I tell me mum, but I'll definitely be at church on Sunday," she said.
ANOTHER UNFORGETTABLE DUET Melrose native John Michael Williams, creator of the animated movie ''The Easter Egg Adventure," has been waiting for this season to roll around. His movie, featuring the voices of Brooke Shields, James Woods, Joe Pantoliano, Sandra Bernhard, and Nancy Kerrigan, will air three times on the STARZ network Sunday. It took Williams more than 10 years to turn his book into a film, but now the successes are piling up. When Williams recorded the soundtrack with Natalie Cole, he says the singer told him the song ''Crazy About You" was the first duet she'd done since ''Unforgettable," which she re-recorded using the vocals of her late father Nat King Cole. In the film, Williams's character (Big Boring Benedict Bunny) sings ''Crazy About You"' to Horrible Harriet Hare, voiced by Shields.
LAWYERS, GUNS, AND MONEY Boston entertainment lawyer George Tobia, historian Douglas Brinkley, and Colorado defense attorney Hal Haddon will manage Hunter Thompson's personal effects. Tobia, who'd represented the maverick journalist for several years, said the trustees will inventory the estate and apply the property to ''The Gonzo Trust." Thompson's will, dated June 27, 2003, was filed in state court in Colorado after the writer, 67, took his own life at his home in Woody Creek, near Aspen.
ACTING UP The transition from Boston College to the big screen is proving easy for Amy Poehler. The Burlington native and ''Saturday Night Live" cast member has signed on to star in ''The Heartbreak Kid" opposite Jason Bateman, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Poehler, BC class of '93, also appeared in ''Mean Girls" and ''Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo." And when she's not doing TV or movies, Poehler runs the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, an improv troupe she cofounded in 1999. In the new issue of BC's alumni mag, Poehler calls the theater, which routinely attracts talent scouts dispatched by Conan O'Brien and David Letterman, ''by far, the thing I am most proud of in my professional career."
GETTING SOME GOOD INC. When Inc. Magazine picked 26 entrepreneurs the editors love, to mark the business publication's 26th anniversary, among familiar names such as Mike Dell, Diane von Furstenberg, Richard Branson, Mitchell Gold, and Martha Stewart was Boston's Barry Steinberg, owner of Direct Tire & Auto, which he founded in 1974 in Watertown.
CHANGES AFOOT AT BALLET SCHOOL The Massachusetts Youth Ballet and the Ballet Workshop of New England are joining with the Boston Ballet School. The consolidation means that Jacqueline Cronsberg, the Youth Ballet's artistic director and the director of the Ballet Workshop, will join the faculty of Boston Ballet School. She'll also become artistic adviser for the school's newly established performing group, the Boston Ballet School Ensemble. ''Jacqueline Cronsberg's extraordinary energy, vast knowledge of ballet technique, and commitment to performance as a key part of a dancer's education align perfectly with the mission of Boston Ballet School," said Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet's artistic director. The consolidation will allow Cronsberg, who announced she will retire in May, to close Ballet Workshop's Hopkinton and Waltham locations.
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