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Jonas and pals thrill their fans

Joe Jonas greets fans at Logan Airport on Friday before the Jonas Brothers' concert at TD Garden. Joe Jonas greets fans at Logan Airport on Friday before the Jonas Brothers' concert at TD Garden. (Marc Andrew Deley/Crammed Media)
July 18, 2009
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KISS 108 kicked off this weekend’s Jonas Brothers mania with a Joe Jonas meet-and-greet yesterday with 10 lucky listeners at Logan Airport. Kevin and Nick were stuck in New York, but Joe made the scene and invited the winners to a special sound check before tomorrow night’s show at the TD Garden. Meanwhile, the boys in Honor Society, one of the Jonas Brothers’ opening acts, were busy posing for pics with fans yesterday at Regal Fenway Theater.

Onetime tipster is sued
James Levine would seem to have little in common with the late actor Heath Ledger, supermodel Kate Moss, and Michael Jackson’s baby mama Debbie Rowe. But, in fact, the BSO conductor does have something in common with those celebs, and her name is Rebecca White. A year ago, while working at the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, White called us with a tip. Levine, she said, was ill and likely would have to miss the remainder of the summer season at Tanglewood. She was right. The BSO soon announced that Levine had a growth on his right kidney, and he’d be laid up for a while. We didn’t think about Rebecca White again until this week, when Rowe filed a lawsuit against her. The mother of two of the King of Pop’s kids claims White shared bogus e-mails with Extra TV for financial gain. The e-mails quote Rowe saying: “Do I want the kids? Hell no. Does it look good for me to ask for them? Absolutely.’’ (Rowe says she didn’t send them.) The suit goes on to say that White, who once worked as supermodel Naomi Campbell’s personal assistant, has a long history of manufacturing lies about celebrities. We do recall White telling us a few stories about famous people, but we did some Google work to refresh our memory. Ah, yes. There was the time she told a British tabloid that Moss lured her into a New York hotel room and groped her. And the time she told a tabloid that Campbell and Ledger went on cocaine and ecstasy binges together. We can’t vouch for any of that, but White’s information about Levine turned out to be 100 percent true. We wanted to talk to White yesterday, but she didn’t call us back.

Actress goes to camp
Lee Meriwether shared a few pearls of wisdom with the kids at the Reagle Players summer camp in Waltham the other day. Meriwether, who’s best known as Miss America 1955 and for her role as Catwoman in the 1966 “Batman’’ movie, stars in the Reagle Players’s production of “Mame,’’ which runs through July 25.

Celebrating ‘Rent’
The opening-night party for “Rent’’ at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar drew a good crowd, including Michael Greif, director of the original Broadway production, and actor Anthony Rapp, who was hobnobbing with Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. founding artistic director Steven Maler. (Rapp and Maler have collaborated on a stage adaptation of Rapp’s “Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical Rent,’’ which workshopped in Pittsburgh and may have a New York engagement.) Also there was Playbill publisher Tim Montgomery, who’s bringing “Rent’’ to Seoul in September.

Rowing to Hollywood?
Wannabe movie stars should stop by the AccesSportAmerica Mayor’s Cup Regatta. Dorothy Aufiero, producer of “The Fighter’’ and big-time supporter of AccesSportAmerica, has offered walk-on roles in the boxing biopic and “Furry Vengeance’’ as auction items. (Brendan Fraser and Brooke Shields are shooting the “Furry’’ film now.) The Hawaiian-themed event takes place tomorrow near the Hatch Shell and features 30 teams of paddlers.

Sparks brightens day at Children’s
Jordin Sparks, who’s in town to open for the Jonas Brothers, paid a visit yesterday to Children’s Hospital, where the “American Idol’’ winner went from room to room meeting patients who couldn’t leave their beds. Sparks said a special hello to little Eithene Hilliard of Attleboro.

Birthday party for Blades
Jazz singer Luba Mason gave her husband, salsa star Ruben Blades, a birthday cake after her show Thursday night at the Regattabar. Blades, who’s been Panama’s minister of tourism for the past five years, turned 61. He was with his wife on the last stop of her tour to promote her new CD, “Krazy Love.’’

Golden moment
Yesterday’s lucky winner of the Garden Golden Ticket? James Lynch, 57, of Natick. He’ll be attending 100 events at the newly renamed TD Garden starting in September: He gets season tickets to the Bruins, Celtics, and Blazers, and pairs of tickets to eight concerts, WWE shows, Disney on Ice performances, and the Beanpot and Hockey East tournaments.

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