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A power lunch; a sisters' brunch

HOW NOW TINA BROWN? Calling Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton "extraordinary," CNBC's Tina Brown, former editor of Vanity Fair, Talk, and The New Yorker magazines, hosted a lunch in her honor at Radius yesterday that proved to be one of the most popular gatherings of the week. Clinton covered several topics in her remarks including national security, saying the public cannot yet be assured that "We've done all we can do" to protect against terrorism. And on the Bush administration's posture toward funding local police and fire departments: "What they're giving with one hand, they're taking away with the other." Spotted at the lunch were Larry David of "Curb Your Enthusiasm"; Kevin Bacon and wife Kyra Sedgwick; former US senator and Democratic presidential candidate Carol Moseley-Braun; the chief executive of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Sharon Patrick; deposed California governor Gray Davis; filmmaker Michael Moore; NBC chairman Bob Wright; and George McGovern, the former presidential candidate who can at least claim Massachusetts voted for him in 1972. PARTY TIME Dodging limos to strut the orange carpet at the ballyhooed Creative Coalition party at Louis Boston last night were Mick's activist ex Bianca Jagger, actress Alyssa Milano, Kennedy kin Christopher Lawford, and actors Jason Bateman, Billy Baldwin, Alan Cumming, Richard Schiff, and Richard Kind. Even in a downpour, hundreds of gawkers lined Newbury and Berkeley streets, hooting at the celebs who gathered under tents to hear the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As if on cue, the rain stopped as soon as the band hit the stage. . . . Give some credit to "Queer Eye" creator Michael Williams. He had a ticket to the party, but what he really wanted was a seat at the FleetCenter. "I've been to hot parties," he said. "Seeing John Edwards would be cooler." We caught up with Williams at a reception for local filmmaker Maureen Foley, which was also attended by several pols and actors Chris Cooper, with wife Marianne Leone Cooper, and Alec Baldwin. Of watching Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," Baldwin said: "I don't give a damn about Bush and his malaprops. The most punishing and painful for me was watching those children flying a kite on the banks of a dirty stream."HANSCOM TO THE STARS You might think that Logan International Airport is the only place the stars fly in and out of in these parts. Oh, but you'd be wrong. Hanscom Field in Bedford is seeing a lot of action this week. The Red Hot Chili Peppers arrived there late yesterday afternoon and Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and his crew landed a short time later. Sarah Jessica Parker and her husband, Matthew Broderick, arrived at Hanscom early yesterday before making their way to the FleetCenter. Speaking of the FleetCenter, director Spike Lee arrived there yesterday wearing a Yankees cap with political buttons on the back of it.UPSTAIRS WITH THE GALS Karenna Gore Schiff and Kristin Gore hosted a champagne brunch yesterday at UpStairs on the Square in Cambridge in honor of Vanessa and Alexandra Kerry and Cate Edwards. Schiff called the Kerry sisters and Edwards "a dream team of bright women" who "reflect their parents' values and . . . care deeply about the issues at stake in this election." With Ben Affleck looking on, the Kerrys spoke of the chemistry that has developed between the families of the former presidential rivals. "When we came together, it was a little bit like when we came together with our stepbrothers," said Alexandra. "It was a melding of two families, very easily." Others attending the brunch included Andre 3000 of OutKast.

WELL-DRESSED PARTY The man of the hour at Tuesday's GQ party at the Federalist in the XV Beacon hotel was San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, with wife Kimberly Guilfoyle Newsom of Court TV. The tall and handsome Newsom, who gained national prominence when he directed City Hall to allow gay marriages, posed for pictures with the tall and handsome Ben Affleck, who also posed with numerous women at the bash. "We need stars," Affleck said. "Political stars. Not movie stars. Among the guests spotted were John Cusack, Ted Kennedy Jr., Andrew Cuomo, Anderson Cooper, John McLaughlin, Terry McAuliffe, the Kerry sisters, former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, Arianna Huffington, Cate Edwards, the Gore sisters, Alan Cumming, and NY Post gossip maven Cindy Adams.

AROUND AND AROUND Dining together at Carmen in the North End was odd couple John Cusack and Wesley Clark. . . . It'd be overstating things to say they were gettin' down, but Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan did bob their heads at the Black-Eyed Peas gig Tuesday at Avalon. A big fan, Wyden met the band backstage beforehand. The smooth and soulful sounds of the Spinners filled Anthem on Tuesday night for a party for Kwame M. Kilpatrick, the youngest mayor in the history of Detroit. . . . And file under if he can take the T so can you: Alec Baldwin was seen riding the Red Line Tuesday getting off at Harvard Square. . . . Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick dined at Davio's in Park Square on Tuesday. . . . Former Georgia senator and decorated Vietnam veteran Max Cleland, who will introduce John Kerry tonight at the convention, stopped former Boston mayor Kevin White at the Boston Harbor Hotel to tell White he was a huge fan. . . . And the man in the hooded black sweatshirt riding his bike around Boston Common is John Cusack. NOT CRAVEN' ATTENTION To do his civic duty, director Wes Craven's making some sacrifices. "I don't like noise and crowds, so I'm not sure why I'm here," the master of mayhem said at a Planned Parenthood party Tuesday night at Via Matta. "I really should be working." In fact, he is. Earlier in the day, we spied the "Scream" director reworking the script for "The Hills Have Eyes," which a French film crew is about to remake. With Craven at the party were actors Richard Schiff, Alfre Woodard, Alan Cumming, and Wendie Malick.

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