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* At the Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington on Sunday, wedding guests Helen Hunt and hubby Hank Azaria, along with Hunt's "Mad About You" co-star Paul Reiser, partied hearty at the nuptials of the canceled sitcom's executive producer, Victor Levin, and his bride, Arlington native and former Washington Opera concertmaster Jennifer Gordon. "Helen and Hank are obviously deeply in love," said another wedding guest. "They were dancing very close together with their eyes closed."
* For an undisclosed sum, Jordan's Queen Noor has sold the world rights to her unwritten autobiography to Talk Miramax Books. The book is scheduled for spring 2001 publication, with serialization in Talk magazine.
* Kosher Thriller: Wearing white socks, red shirt, black pants, green iridescent tie and black fedora, eccentric pop star Michael Jackson showed up at an Orthodox Jewish service Friday night. "Kosher Sex" author Rabbi Shmuley Boteach arranged for him to visit New York's Carlebach Synagogue. "I loved it," Jackson said. "It touched my heart."
Have Money, Will Travel
* Presidential press secretary Joe Lockhart announced recently that he was taking up a collection for gadfly radio host Les Kinsolving--who has spent decades tormenting White House briefers with his argumentative, loopy questions--to send him out of town. Lockhart was joking, but 74-year-old Blanche Riggs, a retired government worker who was listening on the radio, thought it was a pretty good idea. So she mailed Lockhart a $25 check with a note about sending the "obnoxious" Kinsolving out of the country.
Yesterday, when Kinsolving grilled Lockhart about the money, the spokesman acknowledged that "a very nice woman from West Virginia . . . wanted you shipped someplace." Kinsolving demanded: "I'm wondering when do I get her check and yours, Joe?"
"I think he's just dreadful," Riggs told us yesterday from her getaway place in Charles Town, where the Arlington resident has enjoyed playing the horses. "Even Matt Drudge doesn't misbehave to that extent." But Kinsolving, who told us he's amused, better stay away. "I have a blackthorn cane," Riggs said, "and if that man shows up at my door, I'll beat the living hell out of him."
Feeling Clueless? Try Lamar Alexander's Nashville Guide
So Vice President Gore and company won't feel lost and lonely after being wrenched outside the Beltway and dropped into the wilds of Tennessee, Republican ex-presidential candidate Lamar Alexander stands ready to give them a guided tour and yesterday offered helpful hints on local hot spots and traditions. The former Tennessee governor's advice:
* "Develop a taste for fried green tomatoes instead of brie. Don't be surprised when folks talk about football and fast cars and schools and they don't talk about Congress and polls and the media."
* "Order blueberry pancakes at the Pancake Pantry. If you've pulled an all-nighter, you can stagger in and the sweetest waitresses in Nashville will remember what you want. Lunch at the Loveless Motel, south of town; all you can eat for under $7--fried chicken, fried okra, fried corn and fried country ham. Al can stop on the way to jog in Percy Warner Park, because he won't be able to jog after he's finished."
* "If things get really bad and the polls go down, there's always the Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg. It's about two hours south of Nashville, so you'll probably need to get two buses with designated drivers to get the whole campaign staff down there and back."
* "We have our share of traffic jams, but here you actually let people cut in front of you. If Al's traveling with his motorcade, he needs to come to work before 6 a.m. and go home after 7 p.m. or he's going to lose every vote in Middle Tennessee by adding to the traffic snarls."
* "For Tony Coelho: You don't 'learn' country music. You feel country music. The Bluebird Cafe is the place. Members of the Nashville Songwriters Association perform every month and you can't talk while they're playing or you'll be asked to leave. You can talk more at the Exit/In. It's a bit rowdier. And forget bringing laptops for writing memos. I know this is going to be tough for a crowd of politicians moving down from Washington."