- The Washington Times - Monday, June 29, 2009

Movie star couple Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal have been seen summer luvin’ all over town while Miss Witherspoon shoots the movie, “How Do You Know?” with Owen Wilson.

Our sources tell us the couple chilled out by stopping at local sweet spot, Rita’s Water Ice on Florida Avenue in Adams Morgan, where they ordered Rita’s famous lemonade ice treat and donated $1 each to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for pediatric cancer research.

True to her sweet Southern girl image, the “Legally Blonde” star posed for pictures with the staff and asked the store to deliver more ice treats directly to the set of “How Do You Know” around midnight last week for the entire 250-member crew.

Fond of letter writing, Miss Witherspoon also asked that a sign be delivered with the frozen fruity favorite that read: Rita’s Ice for the crew. … Enjoy! … Love, Reese.”

Maybe G2 will get a sugary delivery tomorrow for telling this sweet story about the actress? Fingers crossed.

Close to home

If Democratic nominee for Virginia’s governor, Creigh Deeds, makes it to Richmond in November, residents of the Old Dominion state can rest assured they will know where their governor is at all times.

We ran into Mr. Deeds last week as he made his way to a fundraiser, and unlike South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford — who apparently was fond of business (and pleasure) travel … well, at least in Argentina — Mr. Deeds says he will be staying close to home.

“You only have four years as governor, so you have to stay there to get the work done in time,” Mr. Deeds explained of the term limited-position.

“Besides, I have always vacationed in Virginia, and sometimes a little in West Virginia.”

Bad makes good

When the Michael Jackson tribute band, Who’s Bad, was booked at the 9:30 Club several weeks ago, no one foresaw Thursday’s untimely death of the King of Pop.

Indeed, the Friday-night show hadn’t sold out — one day in advance — until Mr. Jackson’s death was announced. Then, the remaining tickets went so quickly that the venue and band — founded five years ago in North Carolina — decided to add a second show, which also sold out immediately.

Despite the grim news, the mood inside the club was celebratory rather than sad. Instead of tear-streaked cheeks, G2 saw happy feet. The voices of fans rang out to each and every Jackson hit performed by the cover band as if to drown out the presence of death that came all too soon to the legendary entertainer.

Perhaps D.C. artist Mingering Mike — who, on his Web site (mingeringmike.com) bills himself as “the soul superstar you never heard of!” — best summed up the emotions of the crowd and their feelings for Mr. Jackson: “He was the last of ‘the greats.’ And it’s so unexpected. We never thought he would die. He was invincible,” Mingering Mike said.

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