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Boston asks Huckabee to lose that 'Feeling'

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February 15, 2008

Tom Scholz of the band Boston fired off a letter yesterday to Mike Huckabee asking the Republican presidential hopeful to stop using the song "More Than a Feeling" at rallies and campaign appearances. "Boston has never endorsed a political candidate, and with all due respect, would not start by endorsing a candidate who is the polar opposite of most everything Boston stands for," Scholz wrote. The Huckabee campaign could not be reached for a response yesterday. (Just last week, John Mellencamp got John McCain to stop using his songs at political appearances.) The Boston rocker does offer the former Arkansas governor a compliment - of sorts. "Although I'm impressed you learned my bass guitar part on 'More Than a Feeling,' " Scholz wrote, "I am [a Barack ] Obama supporter."

A swanky South End home hits the market
Lester Thurow has been spending less time in Boston, so the famed MIT economist and his wife, Anni, have put their South End townhouse on the market for $2.395 million. The 3,036-square-foot modernist-style home was redone by the Thurows and has been featured in many publications. Located on Hanson Street, the five-story building has two bedrooms, three baths, and a gym. "We started calling it a townhouse loft because there's really no regular term to describe that house," said listing agent John Neale of Sprogis & Neale. Thurow has been scaling back on his time at MIT's Sloan School of Management after starting to work with a think tank in Japan, Neale said. The Thurows also recently bought a house in Tel Aviv and have a home in Westport.

T-shirt magnate is heading West
Less than a month ago, local T-shirt magnate Johnny Cupcakes (nee Johnny Earle) was taking a break from a rigorous game of ping pong when, on a whim, he started checking out Los Angeles real estate on Craigslist. Today, he's scheduled to be in LA for a meeting with an architect to plan his next T-shirt shop, which will be located on the tony end of Melrose Avenue near Fred Segal, Paul Frank, and Kid Robot. The store is slated to open in May. Earle, who started his business in his parents' house in Hull, also owns a store on Newbury Street and a thriving Internet business. "We ship hundreds of T-shirts to California every month," Earle told us yesterday. "So we already have a following there. Plus, it's always T-shirt weather in Los Angeles."

'Little Dog' is keeping actor very busy
Actor Jonathan Orsini wouldn't ever complain about getting more work, but his current schedule might be tough for even the most grizzled trouper. Orsini wraps his SpeakEasy Stage run of "The Little Dog Laughed" tomorrow night. The very next morning he starts rehearsals for the same role - in a Connecticut production. Orsini got a last-minute call from the Hartford TheaterWorks to sub for actor Jeremy Jordan, who had to bow out after having an emergency appendectomy. "It's nice to have a job," Orsini told us. "It should be different enough to make it interesting."

Straight from the heart
Amy Ryan told David Letterman she still can't believe she got to work on Ben Affleck's "Gone Baby Gone." So her surprise at getting an Oscar nomination might never wear off. "That I would be here, and up for [an Oscar] it's just . . . wow," she told Letterman Wednesday night. As for how she'll handle it if she wins next Sunday, Ryan got advice from her "new best friend" George Clooney. "He told me don't pull a piece of paper out, speak from the heart," Ryan said. "So I've been practicing: Mom, Dad, my family, Ben Affleck. Mom, Dad, my family, Ben Affleck."

Hotel honcho
The Charles Hotel's Alex Attia was named the "General Manager of the Year" by the Massachusetts Lodging Association at its annual gathering the other night. The Harvard Square hotel attracts its share of notables, including Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year Charlize Theron, who stayed there last week.

Dolly on the mend
Country songbird Dolly Parton had to postpone some dates on the "Backwoods Barbie" tour due to back problems, but she's improving. "I'm mending very nicely and will be fit as a fiddle soon," Parton said in a statement, which means folks who bought tickets for her canceled March 5 show at the Opera House can use them on May 5 at the same venue. In other concert news, rap star Kanye West has announced a Boston-area concert: May 15 at the Tweeter Center. The excellent "Glow in the Dark" lineup also boasts Rihanna, N.E.R.D., and Lupe Fiasco.

She's got Allen's number
Jennifer Love Hewitt's heart belongs to her fiance, actor Ross McCall. But it seems the "Ghost Whisperer" star also has a thing for Celtics All-Star Ray Allen. Shopping at a Los Angeles market, Hewitt was spotted wearing Allen's No. 20 jersey. So what did Hewitt pick up for Valentine's Day dinner? Filet mignon, pasta, and a pretty pink azalea.

Getting off on the right foot
David Ortiz isn't due at spring training until next week, but starting today we'll be seeing a lot of the Red Sox slugger - and his new shoes - in an ad for Reebok and Dick's Sporting Goods. No. 34 worked with Reebok on the Big Papi 2M Mid, which sells for $100. The kicks were unveiled at last year's All-Star game, but are just in stores now.

Joan Anderman and Christopher Muther of the Globe staff contributed. Names can be reached at names@globe.com or at 617-929-8253.

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