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Sports legends out in force; Isabella Rossellini’s risque show

Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson at Sports Legends Dinner in NYC
Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson at Sports Legends Dinner in NYC Manny Hernandez

Celebrities (Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson) and famed athletes (Mary Lou Retton, Pedro Martinez) came together Monday night in NYC at the Waldorf Astoria to show their support for the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner.

NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc (who has been paralyzed since 1985) co-hosted the sold-out event benefiting The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, which raises funds to support spinal cord injury research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

Locals in the mix included Alex Rodriguez, Emilio and Gloria Estefan and Christian Slater.

GIMME FIVE

Ben Folds wants you to show off your creative side. The former Ben Folds Five frontman turned soloist will be in town Wednesday evening at the Young Arts Campus to speak about the Brick singer’s musical career and dispense advice to those looking to get into the industry. Yes, there will be a performance.

Info: 6:30 p.m., Tower Building, seventh floor, 2100 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $35. For tickets: youngarts.org/salonseries or call Felicia DeJean at 305-377-1140, ext 1802. Advance reservations required; space is limited.

RISQUE BUSINESS

Isabella Rossellini, we hardly knew ya. The 62-year-old actress/model and daughter of Ingrid Bergman and director Roberto Rossellini is bringing her one-woman show about animal mating to the Fillmore Miami Beach Nov. 15. Called Green Porno, it ain’t for sissies, with subject matter straddling the X-rated side. But you may learn a thing or two: The Hollywood Reporter calls the performance akin to “the coolest university lecture that you could ever imagine attending.” Tickets on sale at LiveNation.com or 800-745-3000.

SPIN DOCTOR

Spotted: a (quasi) Kardashian in our midst: Brody Jenner took off his reality hat and played DJ at Passion nightclub Friday night. After his set, Bruce Jenner’s 31-year-old son, who is reportedly dating model Kaitlynn Carter, decided to keep the party going and hit the VIP section, according to the Hard Rock hotspot’s Facebook page.

MADELEINE MARR

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