Local vintage car racer to appear on 'America's Best Kept Secrets'


BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS: Vintage car racer Lee Raskin of Baltimore is featured in an upcoming TV special called "America's Best Kept Secrets" in which he's interviewed about the late actor James Dean and the mystery surrounding his fatal car crash in 1955.

The ABC special, narrated by sportscaster Al Michaels, is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Feb. 16. Check local listings.

TICKETS ARE GOING fast for the world premiere of "He Said, She Said" (shot on location in Baltimore) at the Senator Theatre Feb. 11.

The star of this breezy comedy, Kevin Bacon, will be on hand for all the festivities including an elegant champagne reception and music by the Swing Central Band.

We'll be joining WMIX-FM's Mike McCarthy and WMAR-TV's Mary Beth Marsden to intro the film, which benefits the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Tickets are $50 and are available at the Senator Theatre, Blockbuster video stores or by calling 955-8767.

AMONG THE ITEMS to be auctioned at the 14th annual WBAL Radio Auction for Center Stage from 8 a.m. until midnight Sunday are lunches with Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Brooks Robinson and a chance to sit in the WBAL Orioles broadcast booth with Jon Miller and Ken Levine.

A complete list of auction items will be published Sunday in The Sun. Tune in.

IN THE CROWD: Spied Saturday night at Moscow Nights, the newly opened Russian restaurant and dance club at Sutton Place, were Mayor Kurt Schmoke, who's a bit of a social butterfly these days. The next day Schmoke turned out at the Eubie Blake Center to see African-American students at Peabody give a stunning recital.

ANOTHER PROGRAM that highlights the Eubie Blake 108th birthday anniversary celebration is a fund-raiser with a "Roaring Twenties" theme tomorrow night at the Baltimore Grand.

The benefit will honor Jack Bowden and Susan White Bowden (boy, does this happy couple get around) and John H. Murphy, former chairman of the board of the Afro American, and his wife, Camay Calloway Murphy, daughter of Cab Calloway.

Tickets are available at the door or by calling 396-1300.

TABLE HOPPING: He's back and he's Mo' Better, according to the cap he sports, which was a gift from Spike Lee. Who's back? Chef Benny Gordon, who's returned to his original stomping grounds -- Restaurant 2110 on Charles Street. Talk about doing the right thing.

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