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No Meat, But Still a Bone to Pick

By Richard Leiby
Washington Post Staff Writer

No animals were harmed in the making of this gala -- but as emcee Alec Baldwin joked to a crowd of vegetarians celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine on Saturday night: "If anyone found a finger in his tofu, please let me know. It's mine."

Before the 350 attendees chowed down on gourmet vegan fare, reports The Post's Pablo Izmirlian, Baldwin showed a video about the committee's work to end experiments on animals. "Don't be freaked out. This is what we do: We show you the animal-abuse tape and then say, 'Enjoy your dinner!' "

Alicia Silverstone: No thanks, we're vegan. (Louis Myrie - WireImage.com)

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Alicia Silverstone, co-star of "Beauty Shop," out-glittered other VIPs at the Organization of American States Building. She maintains a strict no-flesh policy when it comes to acting (body doubles do her racy scenes) but also puts no flesh on her plate. A vegan for nearly seven years, she offered us a recipe for her favorite dish, vegan tostadas made with brown rice, zucchini, cauliflower, corn, etc. Yummy.

Daryl Hannah, bloody assassin of the "Kill Bill" saga and vegetarian since age 7, was introduced by Baldwin as an "environmental activist." (Her home, after all, is solar-powered.) Singer Emmylou Harris's encore wrapped up the evening: a rendition of John Lennon's "Imagine."

The gala raised some $300,000. The silent auction even included a walk-on part in "Troy" director Wolfgang Petersen's next film, which went for $2,500.

And in case anyone wasn't fully converted, the gift bag came with a vegan cookbook.


• "American Idol" and "American Top 40" host Ryan Seacrest was in a rollicking good mood at the Georgetown hot spot Blue Gin on Friday night. We hear he strolled in around midnight with eight guys, ordered a bottle of vodka to share among them, then started dancing on the tabletops. Perhaps he was celebrating the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame he's getting tomorrow.

• Actress Julianne Moore is in town today to testify at a House subcommittee about a genetic disorder that causes tumors in vital organs. She will meet with Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Jim Walsh (R-N.Y.) and Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), who chairs the Appropriations Committee. Moore joined the fight against tuberous sclerosis after meeting a young sufferer on the streets of New York. "The simple plea for help from his father made it difficult for me to say no," she has said.

• Lots o' Matzoh: Watch for Washington Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld handing out matzoh today at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and K Street between noon and 1. "We are going to have a human matzoh," he told us. "You've heard of the sandwich board -- we're going to have a matzoh board." The 30-year-old rabbi is promoting a large-scale, free communal Passover seder Saturday night at the National Synagogue (Ohev Shalom Talmud Torah) on 16th Street NW. "We have to remember that there are many, many people who don't have a place to go and are looking for a place to celebrate. . . . There's always room for more."

Pointed Talking

They said it! A compendium of the most intriguing quotes to cross our transom lately:

• "Y'all just work for peanuts, right?" -- President Bush yesterday to the press pool after spying a bucket of peanuts in a sports bar in Columbia, S.C., where he stopped for lunch.

• "You know, the journalistic press corps in Washington are a lot like werewolves. Every full moon, they must feed. And they've decided they're going to feed on Tom DeLay." -- Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online editor-at-large, on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday.

• "I like golf, and I'm sorry that Tom DeLay plays golf. And, you know, I think that people who are charged with ethics violations in Congress should be prohibited from playing golf! Because if you can't trust them in Congress, how can you trust their score on a golf course?" -- Gen. Wesley Clark, former Democratic presidential contender, on "Real Time with Bill Maher" Friday.

Ted Nugent, shooting from the hip at the NRA convention. (David J. Phillip - AP)
• "Remember the Alamo! Shoot 'em! To show you how radical I am, I want carjackers dead. I want rapists dead. I want burglars dead. I want child molesters dead. . . . No court case. No parole. No early release. I want 'em dead. Get a gun and when they attack you, shoot 'em."

-- Ted Nugent, speaking to wild applause Saturday at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Houston, where he also performed the national anthem.

With Anne Schroeder

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