Names & Faces: Art Smith, Jay Leno, Faith Evans

Drew Barrymore attends the premiere of "Going the Distance" in London while Usher performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" and Chris Daughtry performs on NBC's "Today" show.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Art Smith's heart and soul

Celebrity chef Art Smith married his longtime partner, artist Jesus Salgueiro, at a ceremony at Smith's D.C. restaurant, Art and Soul on New Jersey Avenue NW.

"I am an artist, but you are the Art -- my art," Salgueiro said during his vows Saturday. "Without you, the canvas of my life would be empty and bare."

"While I may set the table, be it known that you are the banquet and the feast," Smith told Salgueiro.

The ceremony was an all-day affair and included an 8 a.m. run to the Lincoln Memorial, where spiritualist Marianne Williamson blessed the couple; a midday barbecue for 450 at Smith's restaurant; and music by a 10-man a cappella group.

Smith, 50, is Oprah Winfrey's former chef.

Leno helps out

Jay Leno raised $100,000 for Gulf Coast cleanup efforts Saturday, the Associated Press reports. He performed at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Miss., where 1,000 people paid between $40 and $150 to attend. At the show's end, Leno presented a check for $90,336 to the president of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, a charity. Leno donated his own money to round up the amount raised to $100,000.

Google at the multiplex

Of course Facebook can't be the only Web site whose origins get made into a movie. According to deadline.com, the 2009 book "Googled," by New Yorker media correspondent Ken Auletta, will become a film. It will tell the story of Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who were Stanford graduate students when they created the juggernaut search engine that has transformed the world.

Police blotter

Singer Faith Evans was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Saturday after she was pulled over at a police checkpoint in Marina del Rey, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports. She was held for four hours and released. Formal charges are pending.

Evans, a Grammy winner, is the widow of slain rapper Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace. In 2004, Evans was arrested for possession of marijuana and cocaine in Atlanta. She spent 13 weeks in rehab.

'True Blood's' true love

It's good times in Bon Temps. "True Blood" stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer married Saturday evening at a private residence in Malibu, Calif., Us Weekly reports.

The two started dating a few months after filming began on HBO's series about vampires and humans living together in a Louisiana town. They announced their engagement in August 2009. In the show, Paquin's character falls in love with Moyer's, a vampire.

-- Timothy R. Smith, from Web and wire reports


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