Does Magnus have a game plan?

By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / March 27, 2010

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Don’t expect a repeat of Siobhan Magnus’s signature vocal pyrotechnics on next week’s “American Idol.’’ Magnus, the 20-year-old Cape Codder with the enormous voice, has already clinched a Top 10 slot. Checking in Friday by phone from Los Angeles, she told us she wasn’t surprised the show’s judges warned her about becoming a one-note wonder. “I knew it before they said it,’’ said Magnus, preparing to rehearse for Tuesday’s show. “Honestly, I expected them to say I couldn’t do that on every song and have that become my gimmick.’’ Her main goal in recent weeks has been to make the “Idol’’ summer tour, she said, so she can now set her sights a little higher. “You can’t think too much about what the judges might say and have that affect your performance,’’ Magnus continued. “But next week I’d better do something different.’’ Her most memorable offstage moment? Getting an e-mail from one of her idols, pop singer Taylor Hanson, saying he and his brothers are rooting for her. As for that tattoo on her upper arm, based on a famous Edward Gorey illustration, Magnus said it honors an artist whose dark genius her family holds dear. “I get comments like, ‘Is that Mary Poppins?’ because of the umbrella. But it’s exciting when people recognize it for what it is,’’ she said. “He lived in Yarmouthport, the town next to ours, and my mom was a huge fan of his. All the kids in my family could recite the entire ‘Gashlycrumb Tinies’ from the time we could read.’’

Everything’s all right with Emily
Emily Osment, who plays Lilly, Miley Cyrus’s bestest buddy on “Hannah Montana,’’ drew quite a crowd at the Somerville Theatre yesterday. Osment did a meet-and-greet with her young fans before taking the stage and belting out a few numbers from her debut EP, “All the Right Wrongs.’’ Among the admirers there to meet Osment, whose older brother is “Sixth Sense’’ actor Haley Joel Osment, were some aspiring journalists. The staff of the Watertown Splash and Cunniff Kids News — student papers at Watertown Middle School and Cunniff Elementary, respectively — lobbed a few softballs at their teen idol.

Celebrating Mink
The first time she met him in Provincetown in the early ’60s, Mink Stole had no inkling John Waters would become such a celebrated director. Nor did the 63-year-old actress have any idea she’d become his muse, appearing in more than a dozen of his films, from “Mondo Trasho’’ to “Hairspray’’ to “Fruitcake.’’ For her work in those movies and many others, Stole will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award tonight from the Boston Underground Film Festival. “It makes me feel ancient, like they think I’m done, and I’m not,’’ she told us. “It’s not an Oscar, but it’s still a very, very nice honor.’’ Stole’s latest film, which screens tonight at the Kendall Square Cinema, is called “Stuck!’’ Stole costars with Karen Black and former Go-Go Jane Wiedlin, and plays the longest-serving female prisoner on death row. “It’s a drama, but some people are calling it campy,’’ Stole said with a sigh. “People always call me a campy actress, but I think that’s just because I worked with drag queens.’’

Author to author
One more reason to visit to the John F. Kennedy Library: A 1946 letter from aspiring writer Jerome Salinger — yes, Jerome D. Salinger — to Ernest Hemingway, who was then a war correspondent in Europe. The future author of the “The Catcher in Rye’’ greatly admired Hemingway, and the admiration is evident in the letter, which goes on display Sunday for the first time. (The letter and its contents have long been known — it’s in Hemingway’s papers, which are at the Kennedy Library.) The missive will be exhibited as part of this year’s PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award ceremony, which takes place Sunday. Patrick Hemingway, Papa’s sole surviving son, will present the prize to Brigid Pasulka, for her novel, “A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True.’’

A King holds court
The night before taking the court against the Celts, Sacramento Kings forward Omri Casspi spoke at an event hosted Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League at 33 Bar & Lounge. Casspi, the first Israeli ever taken in the first round of the NBA draft, talked to Channel 7’s Rhett Lewis about the life and times of an NBA rookie.

Chefs’ sampling
In preparation for Spoonful of Ginger, the Joslin Diabetes Center’s fund-raiser, a few of Boston’s star chefs checked out Bravo at the Museum of Fine Arts, which is hosting the April 5 benefit. Jose Duarte of Taranta, Joanne Chang of Flour and Myers + Chang, and Patrick Gilmartin of Bravo sampled of few of the tasty treats that’ll be served at the event. . . . Meanwhile, Rialto chef Jody Adams joined Greater Boston Food Bank CEO Catherine D’Amato, BNY Mellon Wealth Management regional president Vicary Graham, and Harpoon Brewery’s Liz Melby, among others, for a fund-raising breakfast benefiting the food bank’s Women Fighting Hunger initiative.

Bowling without Brady
Tom Brady was just about the only member of the Pats to miss Jerod Mayo’s bowling benefit at Kings Dedham the other night. The long list of players putting on special shoes at the fund-raiser for Pitching in for Kids included Leigh Bodden, Brandon Meriweather, Randy Moss, Tully Banta-Cain, Isaiah Stanback, Mike Wright, Brandon McGowan, Matt Light, Gary Guyton, Pierre Woods, Eric Alexander, Darius Butler, and Pat Chung, among many others. Brady is in Brazil at the wedding of his wife’s sister.

Joseph P. Kahn of the Globe Staff contributed. Read the Names blog at Names can be reached at or at 617-929-8253.