SideTrack: Kathy Griffin, Matt LeBlanc, Dion Lewis and more...
PREPARED FOR IMPACT: Things got rather sporty in the Seaport, as Team IMPACT, a nonprofit organization that pairs children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses with college athletic teams, held its yearly Game Day Gala at the World Trade Center. Team IMPACT co-founders Jay Calnan and Dan Kraft headed up the benefit, which was emceed by ESPN’s Wendi Nix and brought out guests like Dan’s dad, Robert Kraft, and Pats running back Dion Lewis to raise more than $1.8 million.
AS IFF: The Independent Film Festival of Boston just kicked off its programming with the documentary “Stumped.” For those unfamiliar with the documentary, it follows Will Lautzenheiser, a former film production and screenwriting professor at Boston University who received a double arm transplant at Brigham and Women’s. Lautzenheiser, “Stumped” director Robin Berghaus and staff from the Brigham all showed up for the Somerville Theater screening.
WE’VE GOT SPIRIT: Comedian and former “My Life on the D List” star Kathy Griffin made an appearance in town. Griffin, who’s now more of an A-lister and also apparently babysits for neighbors Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s children, joined more than 1,300 LGBT professionals for Boston Spirit magazine’s 11th annual LGBT Executive Networking Night. She took the stage at the Boston Marriott Copley Place to speak to the crowd — and to take selfies, of course.
HOW YOU DOIN’? Just great, if you’re Newton’s own Matt LeBlanc and you’re being judged by fans of the British all-things-driving show “Top Gear.” Audiences blasted previous host Chris Evans (not the Captain America one) who teamed up with LeBlanc last season, and wondered if the show was out of gas. Then the “Friends” star took the lead position, with Chris Harris and Rory Reid as co-hosts, and it worked. “Thank you for saving #topgear Mr @Matt_LeBlanc. This series never got stuck in 2nd gear,” tweeted one viewer. “Thank you very much for salvaging #TopGear @Matt_LeBlanc It’s better than ever and it feels like you have always been there,” posted another.
BBC2 said the show, which is available on BBC America, will be back next year.