British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland are slated to be at the United Nations in New York on Oct. 1, for an awards gala at which they will receive the Noel Foundation Award for International Leadership. The other recipients, who will not be present, are Philippine President Corazon Aquino and former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto. U.N. Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar will present the awards at the gala, which will be emceed by Barbara Walters and is chaired by Pamela Harriman and Georgette Mosbacher. Beverly Sills, Olivia Newton-John and Nobel peace laureate and former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias are among those expected to attend the $2,500-a-head gathering to benefit the foundation, formed last year by American entrepreneur Noel Irwin-Hentschel to help women in developing countries.
Souter's Call on Baseball? Judge David Souter is making new friends among the region's wealthy and powerful. He took a trip to Baltimore Tuesday night to watch the Orioles beat the Red Sox 4-1 and sat with Orioles owner Eli Jacobs in his private box. They were joined by Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent, among others. If Souter, whose nomination to the Supreme Court seems likely to be confirmed, is a big baseball fan, perhaps he will have opinions on the justice of Washington's bid for a baseball team.
All in the Film Family Washington's movie moguls, brothers Ted and Jim Pedas, are bringing their latest Circle Films production, "Miller's Crossing," to town Monday. Directed by another brother team, Joel and Ethan Coen of "Blood Simple" and "Raising Arizona" fame, the film will have its D.C. premiere that night at the Avalon Theatre to benefit Filmfest D.C., on whose board sits brother Ted. The Washington connection runs deep in this release, whose female lead is Marcia Gay Harden, who has performed frequently on area stages, including regular stints in Ford's Theatre's annual production of "A Christmas Carol."
"Miller's Crossing" is having its domestic premiere this Saturday as the opening presentation of the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center.
Striking a Sour Chord Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny is thinking lawsuit this week after Florida Gov. Bob Martinez used his song "Last Train Home" in a TV ad campaign this month. Though Martinez's campaign manager said that the use of the song had been "a mistake," Metheny is less than mollified. Republican Martinez, who is up for reelection in November, has been fighting a legal crusade against rap group 2 Live Crew, which fueled Metheny's anger: "A governor who I believe does not support the rights of people to fully and freely express themselves is not the sort of politician to whom I would lend my music."
The Michael & Bart Team Michael Jackson has found another friend. He has become so enamored of animated TV star Bart Simpson that he wants to make a record with him. Jackson has written a song titled "Do the Bart, Man," and the single is expected to be out by Christmas. "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening was a bit shocked when Jackson called but says that it's "the beginning of a beautiful friendship" between his character and the reclusive star. "They're sort of like a Batman and Joker team-up, with Bart in the Joker role." Good thing he cleared that up. Chuck Conconi has the day off.