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Starship to land in Boston

Even in his wild and crazy days, Paul Kantner was never arrested in Boston. ''Not that I recall, anyway," Grace Slick's ex told us. The guitarist will get another chance Saturday when his band Jefferson Starship plays a benefit for the Jimmy Fund at the Berklee Performance Center. ''In 40 years, we've played all over Boston, from the smallest venues to the largest," said Kantner, who's 64. He said the band accepted the Jimmy Fund invite because it helps children. ''I'm a sucker for anything to do with kids," said Kantner, whose daughter, China Kantner, is an actress. (A chip off the old block, she appeared in ''Airheads" and ''The Stoned Age.") Asked how long this odyssey, which began years ago in spaced-out San Francisco, will continue, Kantner was hilariously cryptic. ''The unknowingness of what's going on with the music still affects me," he said. ''Like in 'Fantasia,' when Mickey Mouse opens the sorcerer's notebooks and starts doing chants -- music is like that for me."

An apologetic discussion

No one knows the value of a public apology better than Donna Morrissey. Still, it's a little odd that the former communications secretary for the Archdiocese of Boston is taking part in a panel discussion titled ''Good Business Means Sometimes Having to Say I'm Sorry." Joining Morrissey, now with the Red Cross, for the Oct. 19 roundtable are former Suffolk County DA Ralph Martin, ProMutual Group's Maureen Mondor, and Solomon McCown's Ashley McCown. Hired by Cardinal Bernard Law to burnish the church's image, Morrissey eventually became the public face of the clergy sex abuse crisis, an experience she later conceded was a ''public relations nightmare." . . . Dorchester native Neal McDonough of TV's ''Medical Investigation" and the late ''Boomtown" has signed to star opposite Al Pacino in the crime drama ''88 Minutes," reports The Hollywood Reporter. McDonough joins Alicia Witt and Leelee Sobieski in the story about a professor (Pacino) who also works as an FBI forensic psychologist with exactly 88 minutes to live. McDonough plays a death row inmate. . . . Peter Wolf was behind the soundboard at Ric Ocasek's show at Harpers Ferry Monday.

Tackling men’s health issues

Pats players and cheerleaders took part yesterday in Gillette Men's Health Day at Gillette Stadium, sharing health and nutritional info and helping administer screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, and prostate cancer. Tackling the health issues were Deion Branch, Christian Fauria, Dan Koppen, Tim Dwight, Ellis Hobbs, and Duane Starks. . . . In town directing ''The Boy Friend" at the Shubert Theatre, Julie Andrews took time out yesterday to promote her ''Dumpy" children's books at the Pru's Barnes & Noble. (She writes as Julie Andrews Edwards.)

The Clooney connection

Here's an interesting tidbit about George Clooney's new movie, ''Good Night, and Good Luck." During his visit to the Fletcher School at Tufts the other day, actor David Strathairn, who plays Edward R. Murrow in the flick, revealed that the sidemen who accompany singer Dianne Reeves in the movie were members of Rosemary Clooney's band. (Rosemary was George's aunt.)

The actor who put ''The Ugly" in Sergio Leone's 1966 film, ''The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," is coming to Brandeis. Word is Eli Wallach will be in Waltham Nov. 7 to talk about his career, which began the year Harry Truman became president. . . .

The Jetrosexual Awards are Virgin Atlantic's way of celebrating ''high fliers who move business and culture forward." Chosen, allegedly, from among hundreds of nominees, Boston's semifinalists are Flour Bakery founder Joanne Chang, Gillette perfumer Ahmet Baydar, and Blessie Concepcion. We'd tell you what Blessie does for a living, but her employer -- a worldwide developer of medical devices -- wouldn't let Virgin Atlantic use its name.

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