Party is music to her ears

Keith Lockhart and his wife, Emiley, greet Lois Silverman at a gala at the Mandarin Oriental. Keith Lockhart and his wife, Emiley, greet Lois Silverman at a gala at the Mandarin Oriental. (Justin Knight)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
September 17, 2009

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Lois Silverman’s four-year tenure as the first chairwoman of the board of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center ended with a well-attended bash. The party, held at the Mandarin Oriental, featured tributes from, among others, Paul Levy, BIDMC president, and a surprise performance by conductor Keith Lockhart - playing piano - and soprano Kristen Watson and tenor Matthew Anderson singing selections from landmark Broadway shows including “Show Boat’’ and “The King and I.’’ Silverman was presented with an official BIDMC lab coat embroidered with her name and a letter from Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust.

Poster boy for books

Chip Kidd, the graphic design star whose handiwork has graced the covers of books by John Updike, Gish Jen, David Sedaris, and Michael Crichton, among others, was in town the other night to unveil a poster promoting the Boston Book Festival. Joining Kidd at the Boston Public Library was Augusten Burroughs, the Western Mass. writer of “Running With Scissors.’’ The Boston Book Festival takes place Oct. 24 at the BPL, Old South Church, Trinity Church, and Copley Square. There’ll be panels featuring internationally known writers, scholars, and critics, plus workshops and performances.

Special guests at BU

Phylicia Rashad, the matriarch of the Huxtables, and Frederick Sumaye, the former prime minister of Tanzania, were the guests of honor yesterday at the American-African Universities Collaborative Student Forum & Reception at Boston University. The event was a rehashing of April’s African Presidential Roundtable in Berlin, an event that was sponsored by BU’s African Presidential Archives and Research Center. Rashad works closely with the organizers of the annual Roundtable; she was introduced to the event by her friend Charles Stith, who runs the Research Center.

Pilates is a family affair

Mommies looking to drop baby weight may be interested in Shannon Allen’s new exercise regimen. The wife of Celtic Ray Allen has signed up for the new Boston Sports Club class for moms and babies called Pilates Together. “I gained 75 pounds with Wynn,’’ Allen told us yesterday, after taking a practice class with her son, who will be 9 weeks old tomorrow. “He’s really strong. He can almost hold his head up.’’ The class, which starts next week at the Copley Square BSC, has moms incorporating their babies into pilates poses. It’s mostly for the grown-ups, but the babies do get a tiny workout, says Allen. The class starts Sept. 25. Fans of Ray Allen have probably noticed that the Celtic star’s newest hobby is giving away his shoes on Twitter. He has been leaving pairs of his sneakers around town, and tweeting clues and pictures so that his fans can find them. Shannon told us that, though her husband keeps giving away his footwear, he’s in no danger of running short of sneakers. He still has a shoe closet that puts Imelda Marcos to shame, she said. “He’s a serious Jordan collector.’’ Shannon told us she’s trying to convince Ray to make a coffee-table book of pictures of his shoes hidden around town. He plans to continue the giveaways throughout the season.

Wahlberg is back on the job

Just a few weeks after wrapping “The Fighter,’’ it’s back to work for Mark Wahlberg. The former Dorchester juvie is on his way to Albany, N.Y., to shoot a law enforcement spoof with Will Ferrell. Called “The Other Guys,’’ the movie’s being directed by Adam McKay, who made a mint with “Anchorman’’ and “Talledega Nights.’’ This time it’s a takeoff on the traditional cop film. “The idea is that you have your star cops of New York City, picture like a Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson-type pair,’’ McKay told “They’re the guys who get all the car chases, all the girls. But this is the story of the guys at the desk next to them, the other guys. It’s Wahlberg and Ferrell.’’

Watney’s side of the story

NESN reporter Heidi Watney spends a lot of time with Sox players, but she doesn’t date them. So she stated yesterday on WZLX’s “Karlson & McKenzie’’ show. Responding to an item in the Boston Herald alleging a “major display of PDA’’ while out to dinner with Sox sub Nick Green, Watney had this to say: “That’s not true. . . . It’s a complete lie. . . . I’m not dating him. I went to dinner with girlfriends the other night, not him.’’ Watney’s apparently no fan of the tabloid, saying, “I don’t really comment on stuff to do with that newspaper.’’ We wanted to talk to her yesterday, but she declined. “She stands behind what she said on WZLX this morning,’’ said a NESN flack.

Diaz drops by for a workout

Actress Cameron Diaz, in town shooting a movie with Tom Cruise, dropped by Exhale Spa on Arlington Street to sweat it out in the core fusion sport class. . . . Rumor was rocking for the CD release party of Andover’s own Boys Like Girls. David Ortiz dropped by after the Sox game, as did the Thirteen Yards to Victory, the local lads whose new EP also dropped this week.

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