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Young Brady is christened

Gisele Bundchen and son Benjamin at his christening. Gisele Bundchen and son Benjamin at his christening. (Alphax/ X17online.Com)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
Globe Staff / June 23, 2010

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Pats QB Tom Brady and bride Gisele Bundchen christened their boy, Benjamin, yesterday during a service at a Santa Monica church. Ben wore all white while mom and dad were well matched in navy blue. (Gisele’s short dress highlighted her long legs while Brady is sporting a shaggy ’do.) The couple celebrated afterward with a lunch at the beachfront hotel Casa del Mar.

High notes with Wyclef
Former Fugee Wyclef Jean was back in Boston the other day to collaborate with some of his Berklee classmates — musicians, arrangers, and producers — on tracks for his upcoming CD, “The Haitian Experience.’’ Jean submitted rough mixes for three songs to a group of students, and asked them to arrange string parts. In the end, he liked student Will Wells’s work so much that he asked him to arrange all three parts and also conduct a group of student string players in a session at Q Division in Somerville.

Affleck talk of ‘The Town’
Homeboy Ben Affleck chatted with wannabe filmmakers at the Los Angeles Film Festival, showing them a few scenes from his forthcoming made-in-Massachusetts movie, “The Town,’’ which he directed and stars in. (Costar Jeremy Renner was also there.) Affleck told the crowd that the Tom Cruise action flick “Knight and Day’’ was shooting in Charlestown at the same time, and folks were upset. “They had [Rutherford Avenue] closed every weekend, so people are going insane because they couldn’t get through,’’ Affleck said. “Traffic was backed up all over the place. . . . I talked to the ‘Knight and Day’ guys and they’re like, ‘Everyone thinks it’s you!’ ’’ Affleck also said shooting in the crowded confines of the North End was fun, but hectic for the locals. “It made it cool for the chase sequence but very unpleasant for trailers, traffic, and people in the old Italian neighborhood,’’ he said. “I thought we were going to get killed.’’ “The Town’’ is due out in September.

She will still rush to band’s defense
When Canadian rockers Rush get a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame Friday, Donna Halper will be there. And well she should be. Halper, who teaches at Lesley University in Cambridge, is widely credited with breaking the band in the US when she was the music director at Cleveland’s WMMS-FM in 1974. To its credit, Rush — bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer Neil Peart — never forgot Halper’s help and invited her to introduce them at the ceremony in LA. (The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan also will be there at the band’s request.) “I’ve been in broadcasting for close to 40 years, and they’re one of the few people who’ve kept in touch,’’ Halper told us yesterday. “They’ve made some money and lost some hair, but they’re the same people today they were then. . . . For once, the good guys win.’’ Halper, who makes an appearance in the new documentary, “Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage,’’ says it’s a shame the power trio is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “Critics have a lot of contempt for Rush, for reasons I don’t understand,’’ said the Dorchester native. “People say they’re a cult band — they’re a thinking person’s cult band . . . I got an e-mail from a bishop who’s a Rush fan — a bishop!’’

Legacy honorees
Philanthropists Joan and Steve Belkin, owners of the Belkin Family Lookout Farm, along with New England Council CEO Jim Brett, Teach for America CEO Wendy Kopp, and NFL Hall of Famer Gale Sayers received the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps’ Embracing the Legacy award last night. Joe Kennedy III, an assistant DA for the Cape & Islands, was at the JFK Library to pay tribute to the honorees, and the guest list included Sox owner John Henry and wife Linda, former gubernatorial candidate Chris Gabrieli, and Philip Johnston, former chair of the Mass. Democratic party.

Cold concert season
The summer concert season is still in the doldrums. Tickets for aging acts like the Eagles and Bon Jovi have moved slowly, and yesterday Live Nation said Maroon 5, who were originally scheduled to play at the Comcast Center Aug. 10, will instead play at the Bank of America Pavilion Aug. 9. A Live Nation spokesperson told us the smaller capacity is “appropriate in light of initial ticket sales,’’ and the band fronted by Adam Levine agreed. (Opening acts Owl City and VV Brown will remain on the bill.) Other examples of a slumping concert industry abound. Jordin Sparks performed to a half-empty House of Blues last week, and Sunday’s Mary Chapin Carpenter and Madeleine Peyroux show has been moved from Symphony Hall to the smaller Berklee Performance Center.

Flutie scores
Heisman hero Doug Flutie hit the links with some of his boldfaced buddies yesterday at Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth. Now in its 11th year, the annual Doug Flutie Jr. Celebrity Golf Classic benefits the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. Golfers on the guest list included former Sox pitchers Luis Tiant and Wilbur Wood, onetime manager Joe Morgan, Celts Hall of Famer John Havlicek, ex-Pats Roland James, Ronnie Lippett, and Bobby Leo, Pats coach Pepper Johnson, and former Bruins Ken Hodge and Bob Beers. At the pre-party, Flutie and his brother Darren rocked for a crowd that included Olympic skier Bode Miller and Jets tight end Matt Mulligan.

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