Nicole's Girls' Night Out

Nicole's Girls' Night Out
Nicole Kidman
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11/09/2005 AT 06:00 AM EST

Sometimes girls just want to have fun. Nicole Kidman recently celebrated the birthdays of three of her gal pals at Bangkok Joe's restaurant in Washington, D.C., where the Aussie actress sipped on Shiraz, munched on sesame-crusted ahi tuna and put in special requests for flourless chocolate cake and flambéed bananas. Kidman looked "gorgeous" in a knit top with a skirt and boots and was "happy and laughing and chatting with friends and sharing food," a restaurant observer tells us. The party of 11 hung out for about 2-1/2 hours until the restaurant closed at 10:30 p.m.

The actress has been making the rounds in D.C., where she's filming a role as a psychiatrist investigating a strange epidemic in the sci-fi thriller The Visiting. Her "good friend" Keith Urban shared some meals with Kidman – including at the historic Georgetown eatery 1789 – before the country singer headed out on tour.

Good Works
Alicia Keys already has her New Year's holiday mapped out – in Africa. The singer will head to Uganda on Dec. 27 to devote time to the AIDS crisis. "What better way to bring in the New Year, to do new things and good work and continue to grow as a woman and a person," says Keys. She's already ventured to South Africa to "see with my own two eyes what was really going on."

Most recently, Keys, who's an ambassador for Keep a Child Alive (which brings medicine to children with HIV/AIDS in impoverished nations), hosted the nonprofit's Black Ball fund-raiser at New York City's Jazz at Lincoln Center. The Grammy winner was joined at the gala by Usher, John Mayer, Common, Whoopi Goldberg (who emceed the event) as well as Paul Simon and the Agape Children's Choir. And though he couldn't make it, Keys dueted with a pre-recorded Bono for their remake of Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush's "Don't Give Up." Fans can look for the track's release next month.

Caught in the Act
Jennifer Garner, having afternoon tea and lunch with Alias costar Melissa George at The Blvd. restaurant at the Regent Beverly Wilshire hotel. George gave the mom-to-be a little gift, which Garner opened at the table with a big smile and giggle.

Matthew Perry, hanging out at the Tropicana Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The former Friends star wore jeans and a light linen jacket and chatted with pals, including Huff star Hank Azaria. Also on hand: David Spade and Tyson Beckford.

• By ARNESA HOWELL, KELLY CARTER, MARK DAGOSTINO and JESSICA HERNDON

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