Seen: ESPN’s Chris Berman + More Celebrities in the 401
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Newport is no stranger to celebrities, and it entertained a reality show star about a week ago. Real Housewife of New York, model and designer Kelly Bensimon came to the city by the sea for a weekend getaway with her daughter, staying at the elegant Vanderbilt Grace hotel, shopping at Sole Desire, enjoying some massages at the hotel spa, and eating at Muse, The Landing, and The Black Pearl. She Tweeted about her experience as well, saying “The last time I was in Newport, I was modeling for Elle magazine on America’s Cup Stars and Stripes." Glad the nautical hotspot made her feel welcome...
Brown University's annual Spring Weekend concerts took place this weekend on the university's Main Green, and as usual some big names were in tow. On Friday night rapper Childish Gambino, real name Donald Glover, hyped up the crowd with his clever wordplay and stage presence. Some may know him better as Troy Barnes from NBC's comedy Community, and considering he also performed at Coachella this weekend, it was nice of him to stop by Providence. On Saturday, electro-rockers Twin Shadow opened the show, followed by the chill sounds of The Walkmen. Then, Grammy-nominated rapper Cam'ron got everyone bouncing with his hits "Hey Ma" and "Oh Boy," and finally electronic trio The Glitch Mob took the stage to finish of the day. The Glitch Mob were also spotted making surprise DJ appearances various after-parties around the campus...
This was a huge weekend for the Mohegan Sun. Drita D'Avanzo from the VH1's Mob Wives greeted adoring fans at Mohegan's Signings and Sightings event, autographing photos and taking pictures with admirers. Later she hit the casino and put in an appearance at the club Ultra 88. Next, Corey and Chumlee from the History Channel show Pawn Stars appeared on the main concourse. Fans had started lining up starting at 9:30 AM for the event, which included a signing and public Q&A. The two also got a special chance to meet the band Creed, who were headlining the Mohegan Sun Arena. And finally, Boston Red Sox pitchers Jon Lester and Felix Doubront had a signing event as well. They came in right after the 100th Anniversary game straight from Fenway Park, and Lester's wife even got a picture with the Mob Wife. Talk about a star-studded few days...
Grammy-nominated alt-rockers Death Cab for Cutie played at The Vets in Providence on Monday evening in a unique performance. They played with members of the Magik*Magik Orchestra, who they collaborated with on some tracks from their latest album Codes and Keys. They avoided playing many of their big hits, instead choosing to perform some of their older, lesser-well known tracks that meshed well with the orchestral sound. Frontman Ben Gibbard (ex-husband of Zooey Deschanel) seemed to be in a good mood, talking about walking around the city during the day and other things. The band also played a long encore, of which half the songs were played acoustically. Because it was an Earth Day show, $1 from each ticket went to Save the Bay, so the crowd got to enjoy great music and help the environment...
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