Artsy crowd shows up in droves at fund-raiser


REEL PEOPLE: Days later, the phone for casting agent Martha Royall, president of Women in Film and Video of Maryland, was still ringing off the hook with people raving about the group's second annual Fall Ball at the Belvedere.

"They said it was the best party they'd ever been to," exclaimed Royall.

Staged as a fund-raiser for HERO, more than 600 creatively clad patrons of the arts turned out for the gala affair, which also benefited the non-profit film and video organization that serves as a resource for industry professionals.

Among the artsy crowd was the ponytailed Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, founder of the Merry-Go-Round clothing chain and owner of the chi-chi Boogie's Diner in Aspen, Colo.

Weinglass wasn't the only "dude" sporting the newest hairstyle in the "hairdo capital of the world." Architect John Clark and salon owner John Salconi were similarly coiffed.

Other film buffs included Barry Levinson's ace assistant Marie Rowe with beau, music promoter Michael Cherigo; the Senator Theatre's Tom Kiefaber and wife, Louise; WMAR-TV's Beverly Burke.

Speaking of females in film, documentary filmmaker Jenny Livingston presents her documentary "Paris Is Burning" at a screening Thursday at the Baltimore Film Forum's opening of Independents Weekend '90. Call 889-1993 for info.

GOOD SPORTS: The Tremont Suite Hotel's Debbie and Chri Smith, who are always pitching in for various charities, have been named this year's honorary community chairs of the Ed Block Courage Awards, which celebrates its 13th anniversary March 12 at Martin's West.

The awards event honors a courageous player from each of the 28 National Football League teams. This should be familiar turf for Debbie since her dad is former Colt great Artie Donovan.

A TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL: Chef Nancy Longo and the gang a Pierpoint's Restaurant teamed up with the American Cancer Society for a benefit dinner Monday night at the popular Fells Point dining spot.

Though it was their usual "night off," Pierpoint partners Jimmy Mikula and Gino Kavera and restaurant buddy Bill Lay, who owns the Bolton Hill Cooker, pitched in along with regular staffers, who volunteered their time to ensure a flawless dining experience.

Among those at this first-ever culinary feast were Meg Fielding, the cancer society's special events coordinator; restaurant consultant Diane Neas and hubby, Steve; Pierpoint regulars Terry and Erwin Harris; and newlyweds Melba and Phil Sussman.

ON THE RIGHT TRACK: You're invited to join Governor Schaefeand friends for the "Governor's Maryland Memory Excursion" Saturday.

The train will travel from the B&O; Railroad Museum to historic Brunswick in Frederick County, where Brunswick's centennial celebration and Railroad Renaissance Festival will take place.

Nancy Fields of the B&O; says plenty of tickets are still available. For reservations, call the B&O; Museum at 752-2490.

EYE OPENERS: Gary Blanchard and Gary Blankenburg wil present a night of poetry and music Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the BAUhouse at 1721 N. Charles St. . . . And Morgan State University is staging its sixth annual University Gala Oct. 19 at Martin's West featuring the music of the Caribbean Connection. For info, call 444-3040.

A REAL TRIP: The Shock Trauma Research Fund kicked off it second annual "Passport De Luxe" raffle recently.

Only 1,000 tickets at $100 each will be sold for the chance to win one of three fantastic first-class vacations including the grand-prize trip from London to Venice on the Orient Express.

Second prize -- get this! -- is a trip to Bali. Trips include spending money, airlines, transfers and accommodations. Start packing and call 583-6060 for your chance to get away.

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