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Originally published Sunday, December 9, 2007 at 12:00 AM

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Anchor's away, but Capt. Sig's ship has come in

NBC News anchor Brian Williams canceled his scheduled trip to Seattle due to rain and snow, but that didn't stop two members of Sanjaya's...

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NBC News anchor Brian Williams canceled his scheduled trip to Seattle due to rain and snow, but that didn't stop two members of Sanjaya's fan club from flying in — from Pennsylvania and Hawaii — to see their "Idol" perform in "Black Nativity" at Intiman Theatre last weekend. Sanjaya and fellow "American Idol" contestants Leah LaBelle and Karma Johnson each sang a solo in the 10th anniversary of the holiday production. The trio signed autographs and posed for photos with everyone who waited after the show, including the Super Fans, who are probably still stuck here in a soggy hotel room near the airport. ...

MARTHA, MARTHA, MARTHA: The woman buying salt cellars, birch candles and 26 glittery snowflake garlands at the Bellevue Square Crate & Barrel on a recent Saturday was none other than Martha Stewart, accompanied by her not-so-friendly assistant, Kevin (who got snippy with a sales assistant who tried to make a little conversation). Later, she was spotted in the Martha Department at Macy's, where she may or may not have helped Tim Gunn design a dress out of bed linens: "I love hats!" ...

BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY made the pages of celebrity gossip rag Us Weekly last week when news broke of the alleged weedkiller incident involving his ex-wife. Apparently, this qualifies Bill Nye as a member of "Hot Hollywood"; he shares the page with none other than TomKat. Celebrity Couples: They're Just Like Us? ...

CAPTAIN SIG LOOKED DAPPER in a black Norwegian tuxedo and burgundy vest at the Hutch Holiday Gala, where the "Deadliest Catch" star was the hit of the live auction. As captain of the Northwestern, Sig doesn't have much use for fancy duds and was out in the middle of the Bering Sea when he learned he'd need a tux for the gala. So deckhands and crew members took his measurements. The tux arrived just in time on the day of the event, where an Alaskan King Crab dinner for 10 with Captain Sig (and prepared by Tom Douglas) sold for a whopping $20,000. ...

NEIGHBORS IN QUEEN ANNE are buzzing about the curiously monikered new restaurant that just opened atop Queen Anne Hill: How To Cook A Wolf. Credit for the name goes to chef Ethan Stowell's mother Francia Stowell, a huge fan of legendary food essayist M.F.K. Fisher, who wrote a book with that title. Wolf, as it's already being called, is a family affair: Ethan's father Kent Stowell, who retired with his wife in 2005 from the Pacific Northwest Ballet, serves as maître d' ...

CALLING ALL RACHELS AND ROSSES: Seattle's Screaming Flea Productions is searching for a real-life group of "Friends" to star in a potential reality show for a major TV network (I can't tell you which one, but it's a good one, I promise). It's not a look-alike contest; just be 25-40 years old with a cool group of non-camera-shy friends. Hurry, casting ends this week: Contact casting@sfpseattle.com. ...

CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS ROUNDUP: Ann Wilson of Heart and songwriter Sue Ennis having a glass of wine at Purple in downtown Seattle ... Former SNL star Chris Kattan waiting in the Bainbridge ferry line ... Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam walking into Snowboard Connection in South Lake Union, wearing shorts and carrying coffee from Vivace ... Singer Marc Cohn requesting a hand-held steamer at Hotel Monaco ... Martha Stewart dining on the fish of the day at Campagne.

Pamela Sitt: 206-464-2376 or psitt@seattletimes.com

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