Director Mike Nichols arrives here next week to shoot scenes in his upcoming film "Heartburn." The stars -- Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson and Karen Akers -- will be seen at various locations: On Oct. 2, the Palm Restaurant and on Oct. 3, Neam's Market in Georgetown. The fancy grocery will be closed that day. The three Neam brothers -- Jack, George and Edmund -- were asked to send photographs to the filmmakers to see if they might look enough like grocery store proprietors to play grocery store proprietors in their own store . . .

It was largely a Washington media crowd that chose to ignore yesterday's hurricane watch to stop by at the offices of The Washingtonian magazine to help the staff celebrate the publication's 20th anniversary. Among those who came were Kiplinger Report and Changing Times Publisher Austin Kiplinger, Los Angeles Times Bureau Chief Jack Nelson, television talk show host Charlie Rose, WMAL-Radio Executive Vice President Andy Ockershausen and Wall Street Journal Bureau Chief Al Hunt . . .

Actress Elizabeth Taylor, who has declared a "personal war" against AIDS after her friend Rock Hudson was stricken with the ailment, has lent her support to a national effort to conquer the disease. The new organization is called the American Foundation for AIDS Research . . .

The Los Angeles Municipal Court Judge conducting the preliminary hearing into the John Belushi murder case yesterday held free-lance writer Christopher Van Ness in contempt and sentenced him to 10 days in jail plus a $1,000 fine after Van Ness refused to turn over to the judge a tape in which he obtained an alleged confession from defendant Cathy Evelyn Smith . . .

Washington author James Grady ("Six Days of the Condor") has a new private-eye novel coming out next month: "Hard Bargains." Grady, whose wife Bonnie Goldstein is a private investigator, created his Washington character in a previous novel, "Runner in the Street." Grady continues to use his character and Washington as the setting for his stories . . . Another Washington author, William B. Mead, has re-released a novel to be published Monday by Farragut Publishing Co. under the title "Baseball Goes to War." The publication date coincides with the last time the Washington Senators were in a pennant race 40 years ago . . .