June 09, 1997 12:00 PM

Skimming the murky waters of Venice, Geena Davis and her husband, director Renny Harlin, had a grandola time in their gondola, in festive regalia en route to a Re-naissance-themed costume ball thrown by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Harrison Ford played a few patriot games—may the G-force be with him!—when he took off in an F-16 Fighting Falcon with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington.

In L.A., a slinky Courtney Love lent a dash of allure to the Torch of Liberty Awards—which raised $180,000 for the ACLU—when the reformed grunge queen turned up in a fetching, fallaway Versace.

Ladies who launch Jenny McCarthy (left) and Sharon Lawrence (below) ‘tooned up for the opening of the Viacom Entertainment Store in Chicago. McCarthy, whose new sitcom, Jenny, will be part of NBC’s fall lineup, cozied up to MTV’s Beavis, while Fired Up’s Lawrence (with Rugrat Tommy Pickles) had plenty to be stoked about: Her NBC series finished sixth in the rankings this season.

Rocker Melissa Etheridge (right) and longtime love Julie Cypher took a break from diaper duty with newborn daughter Bailey Jean to attend the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Humanitarian Award dinner in L.A., which raised $1.6 million.

In Miami, hometown girl Gloria Estefan, who sings better than Michael Jordan, belted out the national anthem before Game 3 of the Heat’s NBA playoff series with the Chicago Bulls. Her effort couldn’t fire up the Heat, who lost, 98-74.

What’s love got to do with it? Plenty, as Laurence Fishburne proved when he visited a youth-training center in Ganta, Nimba County, Liberia, as part of a three-day UNICEF tour. Fishburne, who will be back on the big screen this summer in the gangster flick Hoodlum, is national ambassador for the U.S. Committee for UNICEF.

DNA-blessed Tyra Banks showed off her genes—and their source—when she and her manager-mother, Carolyn London, struck a pose at the fashion industry’s annual Michael Awards in New York City. Banks, who was named Supermodel of the Year at the event, which benefited the National Children’s Leukemia Foundation, told Seventeen: “Mom’s a makeup diva.”

Madonna slipped into something comfortable—the Miami hot spot Liquid—to celebrate the birthday of her close pal, club owner Ingrid Casares. Maybe Madonna was checking out new musical moves: She’s currently writing songs for her next, as-yet-untitled album, including a few collaborations with Babyface. No word on whether she’ll include any lullabies.

R&B’s hair-apparent Maxwell (left) needed a set of shades—dig that lemon tint, dude!—to bask in the glow of soul legend Stevie Wonder at a New York City bash celebrating the platinum sales of the young crooner’s debut album, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite.

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