Lebanese-born photographer Rania Matar toured the MFA exhibition “She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers From Iran and the Arab World” with curator Kristen Gresh. Matar, who lives in Brookline now, is one of 12 prominent women featured. The exhibit also showcases photographers Jananne Al-Ani, Boushra Almutawakel, Gohar Dashti, Rana El Nemr, Lalla Essaydi, Shadi Ghadirian, Tanya Habjouqa, Rula Halawani, Nermine Hammam, Shirin Neshat, and Newsha Tavakolian. . . . Meanwhile, Organizers of the Visiting Nurse Association’s fall gala, including the event’s honorary chairs, Next Street president Ron Walker and wife Shawnda, held a kickoff luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel the other day. The “Heroes in Health Care” gala hopes to raise $1.5 million to support the VNA of Boston’s Child Health and Free Care Programs. . . . Singer Paul Simon and his 16-year-old son were in Boston last week as part of a tour of ballparks, and dropped by the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau while walking the Freedom Trail. Simon told CVB service rep David O’Donnell that he’s been in the studio working on new material. . . . “General Hospital” actor Bradford Anderson, who plays Damien Spinelli on the soap opera, had dinner at the Kowloon with about 20 fan club members. . . . Recuperating Pats tight end Rob Gronkowski dined with retired lineman Matt Light at Strega Waterfront. . . . Weldon Worldwide owner Jerry Robbins dined at Oishii Too in Sudbury Thursday with Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk.
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