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Seen: Martin Sheen + More Celebs in the 401

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

 

It's almost like he's a president, or something: the outspoken, talented Martin Sheen. Photo: Brian McGuirk

Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor Martin Sheen was in Providence on Sunday, speaking to the 71st graduating class of the New England Institute of Technology. Sheen, who also received an honorary degree from the college, gave the commencement address in the Rhode Island Convention Center. Besides his starring roles in The West Wing and Apocalypse Now, Sheen is known for his activism (and in his speech he spoke of the satisfaction that comes from helping others), and for being the father of the "winning" Charlie Sheen....

It was a big week for music in the area. On Wednesday, Santigold played at Lupo's. Her second album Master of My Make Believe was released only a few weeks ago, and she is known for collaborating with artists such as the Beastie Boys, Kanye West, and Julian Casablancas. On Thursday, alt rock band Cake played a sold-out show at Lupo's. The band, whose songs have been used in movies and TV shows like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Chuck (their song "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" is the theme song) entertained the audience for two and a half hours, and gave away an apple tree to a member of the audience. And at the Mohegan Sun on Friday, Grammy award winning band, Florence and the Machine, played at the big arena, while former teen pop star (and younger brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter) Aaron Carter played a free show at the Wolf Den to a crowd of screaming women...

Making the Food Bank's 30th much sweeter: celebrity chef Jeff Henderson.

A celebrity chef was in Providence last week to help the Rhode Island Community Food Bank celebrate its 30th anniversary. Chef Jeff Henderson, author of the autobiography Cooked and host of his own show on the Food Network called the Chef Jeff Project, was the main attraction at the Food Bank's anniversary luncheon at the Rhode Island Convention Center. He also worked with students in the food bank's Community Kitchen program, which helps train low-income and unemployed adults to re-enter the workforce. "This is about the community," Henderson said. "It's about a movement of people from this community that is coming together for fellowship to raise money and awareness to make sure that we take care of the folks in this state and this community to make sure that everybody has a little something on the plate to eat." It's appropriate Henderson would speak at an event like this, as he rose from rough beginnings to become an inspiration for others, and Will Smith's production company Overbrook Entertainment is even developing a movie based on his life story...

Two members of the Jersey Shore empire were seen recently. Michael Morgan, known as DJ Biggie, is Pauly D's best friend and road manager. The two met while working at Club ULTRA in Providence, and now he tours the country with Pauly on the spin-off show The Pauly D Project. On Saturday, Jersey Shore cast member Vinny Guadagnino was at the Mohegan Sun for a Signings and Sightings event. He was there to promote his new book, Control the Crazy, and to meet with and take pictures with fans. Pauly D was nowhere to be seen...

Professional golfer and Rhode Islander Brad Faxon was seen relaxing at Raffa Yoga in Cranston. Although he was born in New Jersey, he was raised in Barrington, where he now resides with his family. Faxon has won on the PGA Tour eight times, and is known as one of the best putters in golf history. Guess he needed some spa time before getting back out on the green...

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