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Originally published April 8, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified April 8, 2007 at 2:01 AM

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A very Brady encounter

I fell down — in a heap — in the lobby of the W Hotel, and Christopher Knight ("The Brady Bunch") helped me up and gave me a hug.

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I fell down — in a heap — in the lobby of the W Hotel, and Christopher Knight ("The Brady Bunch") helped me up and gave me a hug. He was in town with wife Adrianne Curry ("America's Next Top Model") to catch the Russ Banham-directed "Macbeth" at Seattle Shakespeare Company last weekend.

Banham, a longtime pal who once co-starred with Knight in the short-lived NBC comedy "Joe's World," draws the erstwhile Peter Brady to Seattle a couple times a year. "I guess it's a pact we have — I will watch every episode of 'My Fair Brady,' but he has to get his butt up here to watch every play I direct or my wife [local actress Jennifer Sue Johnson] has acted in," Banham said.

Knight, en route to Pike Place Market, was eager to play tour guide to Curry in her first visit to Seattle. It's hard to tell whether she was impressed: "The last time you were out here," she reminded him, "you brought home all that stinky fish and put it in the fridge." ...

AS MAYOR OF the city of Bothell, Mark Lamb has declared April 11 "Blake Lewis Day" in honor of the "American Idol" finalist. So what exactly does it mean to have a day named after you? "Having a day in your honor is pretty much the highest honor you can get," Lamb said, adding, "It's really one of the few powers that I have as mayor of the City of Bothell."

Asked whether Federal Way resident Sanjaya Malakar might inspire a friendly rivalry with that city, Lamb responded: "Whether Sanjaya's evolving hairstyle is worth its own day, I'm going to leave that up to the mayor of Federal Way. We're proudly claiming Blake, and we think he's a fantastic guy." Ooh, snap! ...

FASHION DESIGNER Zang Toi — who arrived fashionably late wearing his trademark black kilt, natch — was a VIP guest at Seattle's first Make the Evening Matter, a benefit for colon cancer research held at The Triple Door on March 29. The event featured entertainment by jazz artist Steve Tyrell, who raised $19,500 lickety-split in the live auction by donating a "Dinner with Steve Tyrell." Meantime, "Evening Magazine" host John Curley's auctioneering skills so impressed an L.A.-based event planner that she apparently wants to hire him to be an auctioneer to the stars. "Who knows," Curley wrote to me in an e-mail, "if things work out for me and that gig, I just want you to know I will never forget you, Pat." That Curley, such a card ...

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Ron Reagan brought down the house at Antioch University's annual Horace Mann Awards with a jab at Karl Rove. While recalling his appearance at the 2004 Democratic Convention to talk about stem-cell research, Reagan referenced the 1982 film "The Year of Living Dangerously," in which the lead character asks, "What must one do?" before being unceremoniously thrown out a window by the president's men. Reagan said he certainly didn't think that would be a consequence if he spoke at the convention, "but then, you never know with Karl Rove." ...

CHEF Jason Wilson of Crush started a bidding war at Salish Lodge last weekend with his offer to prepare a multicourse meal for six at the residence of the winning bidder. He was one of five featured celebrity chefs in the "Falls Come to Life" benefit for Food Lifeline on March 30. "There was a really flamboyant Texan woman who wanted him to cook at her house," reports an attendee. "She finally stood up and turned around and signaled to [her competitor] to bring it on." After securing the package for $4,750, the woman gave Jason a hug. Also in attendance: TV host Joel McHale ("The Soup"), who brought his pal Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United States of America. Ballew apparently didn't realize he would be attending an auction, but jumped in and donated his services to write and record an original song for the winning bidder on the topic of his or her choice. It went for $2,100. ...

PROUD MOM Anna Powers of Sammamish called in to report that her daughter, Bevin, 28, is one of the women vying for the affections of Andy Baldwin on the current season of ABC's "The Bachelor." Bevin currently lives in Palo Alto, Calif., but graduated from Issaquah High School and UW. Since Bevin wasn't the bachelorette literally doing backflips — in an evening gown — over Andy in last week's premiere, nor the one who serenaded him with a cringe-inducing rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner," we're happy to call her our own. Someone get the mayor of Issaquah on the phone.

Girl About Town appears every Sunday in Northwest Life. Pamela Sitt: 206-464-2376 or psitt@seattletimes.com

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