Partying 'On the Block'


CHIPS OFF THE OLD. . .?: The long-awaited details of the gala world premiere of Baltimore filmmaker Steve Yeager's "On the Block" are in, so listen up, crablings, if you want to be included.

The date is Dec. 10 at Baltimore's "premiere" theater, the Senator, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. with the ceremonial unveiling of a commemorative sidewalk "block."

And, yes, friends, the stars of this R-rated film, Howard Rollins and Marilyn Jones, will be attending, as well as our own ex-burlesque queen Blaze Starr!

AFTER THE SCREENING, guests will head for the Belveder Hotel for a fabulous "block" party, with entertainment provided by local bands whose original songs appear in the film. Director Yeager and the Senator's Tom Kiefaber have chosen the Maryland Food Committee as the beneficiary of this benefit.

Tickets for the premiere and party are $35 a person and are available at the Senator Theatre or at Steve Yeager Films, 467-0073. Dress is "creative" black tie.

A BLIZZARD OF activity has been taking place at the Kenned Institute. First, the 10th annual Kindergala, the elegant black-tie event slated for Dec. 8 at the Hyatt Regency, is already a sellout!

And this year, for the first time, the Kindergala will kick off a weeklong celebration for the Kennedy Institute with the Festival of Trees, to be held Dec. 8-15 at Festival Hall.

The eight-day celebration will feature trees, wreaths, gift shops, entertainment and, of course, Santa Claus for the kids. The gift shop will offer affordable and unusual gifts, and there will even be a section for the peewees to purchase items priced from 25 cents to $2.

Chairwoman Sally Casey has assembled a great group osupporters, including Crown Central's Mac McMullen, B. J. Cowie, Merle Seigel and the Kennedy Institute's Dr. Gary Goldstein.

Admission is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children and seniors, andiscount tickets are available at Crown Central stations. We know where we'll be shopping for this holiday season!

SCHOOL DAZE: More than 300 people turned out for Zeta Bet Tau Fraternity's reunion last weekend at the Chestnut Ridge Country Club. Frat brothers from the University of Maryland's ZBT came from all over the country to renew friendships with brothers -- some of whom they hadn't seen in more than 25 years.

Local notables included: Sheldon Dagurt and wife, Sue; Lenny Wachs and wife, Judy; Eddie Gutman and wife, Sandy; Hersh Pachino andwife, Freda; Ted Sobkov and wife, Joan; Bean Sibel and wife, Carole; and Mike Balenson and wife, Rona.

AROUND TOWN: Piano man Johnnie Walker will be on hand thi Wednesday at the Millrace Tavern to kick off the $1 beer night to be continued every Wednesday. . . . The local group Face Dancer, which recently released the album "Midnite Raid," will appear in a concert called "This Ain't No Reunion . . . They're Back!" Wednesday at Hammerjacks.

ON STAGE: That's where you'll find singer-songwriter Lloy Marcus Dec. 5 at the BAUhouse on North Charles Street. You're invited, of course, to enjoy Marcus' unique blend of comedy and music in a concert that will be followed by a reception. Complimentary beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served at the show. Tickets are $10. For reservations, call 789-3326.

SOCIAL CLIMBERS: An elegant kick-off party for Baltimore' most unique sporting event, the Flight Against Cystic Fibrosis Stair Climb, was held this week at Dominique's Cafe and Bar in the Brokerage -- yes, they're open and your table's waiting.

The fitness challenge will take place Dec. 6 at 6 St. Paul Centre, where participants will climb -- sitting down? -- 27 floors to the top to raise money to fight CF.

A minimum tax-deductible registration fee/pledge of $35 a person is all it takes to get in the step of things. Once the climb is finished, participants and spectators will be joined at the top by guest emcee (and climber) Yolanda Graham, reporter for WMAR-TV, for a landing party.

To volunteer or participate, contact Lora Gann at the Cystic Fibrosis office at 771-9000. The chairman is Tom Kapp, director of corporate marketing for Sinai Fitness.

AND, FINALLY, Churchill's Pub, which many patrons call Baltimore's "Cheers," has expanded its menu and hours to include snacks and light fare and dancing to live music by Lionel Jiggetts and Arthur Garner on Friday and Saturday nights.

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