STILL ON TOP We didn't think she was the retiring type, and we were right. Even before officially stepping down as president of the Dimock Community Health Center, Jackie Jenkins-Scott has a new job. Wheelock College announced yesterday Jenkins-Scott has been chosen to succeed Marjorie Bakken as president. "[Jenkins-Scott] will give Wheelock the leadership it needs at this time of great pressure on public sector support for education and social services," said Robert Lincoln, chair of Wheelock's board of trustees. Jenkins-Scott was traveling in Asia yesterday and could not be reached for comment. She's served Dimock with distinction since 1983, taking an agency that was nearly bankrupt and turning it into a model for delivering comprehensive health services. Mayor Tom Menino and Senator Ted Kennedy both said yesterday Wheelock had made a wise choice.
NO-SHOWS What's the chance Jack Osbourne, Jason Mewes, and Carl Cox would all miss their flights, thereby missing the sixth anniversary of Patrick Lyons's Lansdowne Street club Avalon, home of Avaland. Excellent, as it turns out. None of the advertised guests made it to Friday's bash, but all three have committed to coming to Boston soon. Ozzy's son and Mewes (who played stoner Jay in Kevin Smith's "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back") missed flights from Los Angeles, while DJ Cox was stranded in Miami.
HITHER AND YON Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki, in town yesterday to deliver the keynote address at a Suffolk Law School conference, was honored Sunday night at a reception at the Union Oyster House. And yes, he had the oysters. . . . Judy Collins, who headlines a concert tonight at the Berklee Performance Center, was at Kennedy's Mid-Town yesterday greeting fans and signing copies of her latest CD, "Judy Collins 3 & 4." . . . And over at the American Repertory Theatre, actor and director Tony Shalhoub and his wife, actress Brooke Adams, attended the Saturday matinee of "The Birthday Party." . . . On Sunday, John Malkovich, who just returned to the area from the Isle of Man where he was filming "Colour Me Kubrick" with "The Birthday Party" cast member Terence Rigby, caught Rigby's Sunday matinee performance.
NO SOUR GRAPES HERE Public policy, audience development, and fund-raising were on the agenda. But the lunchtime buzz at yesterday's Massachusetts Cultural Leadership Conference at FleetBoston headquarters was all about grapes. Keynote speaker Marshall Ganz, a veteran community and political organizer, drew on his experiences in the civil rights movement and with Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers to make the case that disparate, disenfranchised groups have organized at a grass-roots level and reshaped American public policy. Organizers need an identifiable, easily understood symbol of their cause -- a bus seat or a grape, Ganz told a group of 120 cultural sector heavyweights, such as WGBH-TV vice president Jon Abbot, Jay Finney of the Peabody Essex Museum, Boston Foundation program director Ann McQueen, and Boston Public Library prez Bernie Margolis. As the group broke for lunch, everyone was asking: "What's our grape?"
CATCH BARYSHNIKOV ONE LAST TIME Among those expected to attend Mikhail Baryshnikov's performance Friday at Boston Ballet's headquarters in the South End is New York dance critic Arlene Croce, who put the dancer on the world's radar for the first time. The Friday and Saturday performances are Baryshnikov's last as a dancer and will benefit Summer Stages Dance, Boston Ballet, and the Baryshnikov Dance Center.
BROOKS GETS 'BOS CO-HOST Boston radio veteran Bill Abbatte will join Amy Brooks as cohost of WBOS's morning show, station officials announced yesterday. Abbatte most recently broadcast some Patriots games for Infinity.
LAVIGNE PLAYS ANN TAYLOR The acoustics aren't much, but as Tiffany found out years ago, malls have a ready supply of music-starved teens. No surprise then that Avril Lavigne has embarked on a 21-city mall tour, which stops today at the Prudential Center downtown. Described by her label as a "flash mob live performance," Lavigne and her guitarist, Evan Taubenfeld, will play six songs.
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