NEW YORK – One makes a video with Steve Buscemi and rockers Vampire Weekend. Another gets shout-outs from Whoopi Goldberg and Brooke Shields. A third hobnobs over cocktails with an actor from “The Sopranos.”

No, it’s not an awards show weekend. It’s the New York City mayor’s race, featuring a cast of celebrities like few other municipal elections. The primary is set for Sept. 10.

Last weekend, Democratic mayoral contender Christine Quinn unfurled a star-dusted list of pro-gay-rights backers of her bid to become the city’s first female and first openly gay mayor. Among them: singer Lance Bass, actor Neil Patrick Harris, director Rob Reiner and “Project Runway” style czar Tim Gunn.

Ten days earlier, Alec Baldwin announced he would raffle off two dinner invites to any-amount donors to Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio.

A fundraiser for Republican hopeful Joe Lhota spotlighted Steve Schirripa, best known as Bobby “Bacala” Baccalieri on “The Sopranos.”

De Blasio’s LGBT for BdB gala is headlined by Sarah Jessica Parker and Cynthia Nixon of “Sex and the City” fame and Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming. And the LGBT for Quinn team has actor-playwright Harvey Fierstein and actors Cheyenne Jackson and George Takei, along with Bass, Harris, Reiner and Gunn.

Concert to aid tornado victims draws top country musicians

NORMAN, Okla. – A concert benefiting tornado victims drew some of the biggest names in country music Saturday. Oklahoma natives Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Ronnie Dunn were part of the star-studded lineup at the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

The money raised benefits the United Way of Central Oklahoma fund to aid victims of the violent storms that pummeled the state in May and killed dozens of people.

— From news service reports


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