Orchids to actor Gardenia


EMMY-OSCAR WINNER Vincent Gardenia will be in town to pick up a Biffy for his mantel April 7 when the Baltimore International Film Festival honors him at its second annual Biffy Awards gala at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The awards will be preceded by a screening of some of the actor's work, including scenes from "Moonstruck" and "L.A. Law."

HEAD CASE: Remind us to tell you privately one day about how this columnist got locked in a bathroom with (and by) gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson the other night at Max's on Broadway after asking him to inscribe a couple of hardback copies of his first book, "Hells Angels."

We had to laugh when the good "doctor" asked Max's owner, Ron Furman, if there were any bars in the area. "Only about 29," Furman said.

SHORT TAKES: Local author Caroline Miller is about to embark on a publicity tour for her new tome, "Feeding the Soul," a Bantam paperback. . . . Actor William Duff-Griffin will perform with the BSO tomorrow night, as part of its 75th Birthday Concert Celebration at the Meyerhoff. . . .

That same night, political humorist (talk about redundant) Mark Russell is performing at a celebration for Maryland Public TV at the Omni. . . .

And an exclusive interview with Rocky and Bullwinkle (otherwise known as June Foray, the actress behind the voices) will be heard tonight at 8 on 21st Century Radio's Hieronimus & Co. on WNAV-AM, hosted by Baltimore natives Bob and Zoh Hieronimus.

ALL THAT JAZZ: That divine internationally acclaimed jazz star and Baltimore's own, Ethel Ennis, will be guest speaker at the Harford County Commission for Women's "Women of Vision and Action" breakfast March 3 at the Sheraton in Aberdeen.

Ennis will be joined by WJZ-TV's co-anchor Denise Koch. For tickets, call 838-6000, Ext. 373.

HOT HOT: The Maryland Jockey Club's Lynda O'Dea and former WMAR-TV PR whiz Marsha Becker have announced plans to open a marketing and public relations company, specializing in sporting events, starting March 1.

It's called simply O'Dea and Becker, and one of the first projects for this dynamic duo will be the Preakness.

By the by, on April 11, O'Dea will be honored at a dinner hosted by the Maryland Lupus Foundation at the Hyatt. Call 366-7272 for tickets.

BIRTHDAY BOY: Fantasia beauty salon's Charles and Jackie Kolbe played host to a birthday celebration for local night owl Bubbles the other night at their sprawling Stevenson rancher.

Among the revelers were Frances Booke, Sewell and Penny Watts, Vince Peranio and Delores Deluxe, Charles and Arlene Feinstein, E. J. Rice, Richard Kondner, Ruth Bogart Gans, Elaine Salganik, Tom Everhart and Fionualla Fox and Mimmo and Mary Ann Cricchio, the owners of Da Mimmo in Little Italy, who are expecting their first baby in June.

STAR GAZING: The "MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour's" Judy Woodruff will speak about "Inside Washington" at noon Feb. 27 as part of the University of Maryland at Baltimore's Professionally Speaking Series at Westminster Hall. It's free and open to the public.

FRIENDS OF the Bank of Baltimore's resident sweetheart Pat Tatar will congregate at Hersh's Orchard Inn March 11 to draw the winning ticket for a 1991 Nissan 240 SX Fastback.

Only 500 raffle tickets at $100 will be sold to help with medical bills for Pat's daughter, Patti Chasmar, who is battling cancer.

For tickets, call 363-0273. Second prize is a weekend at the Sheraton Ocean City.

AND, FINALLY, it seems they're going ape over at Sheffield Production Studios in Phoenix. Recently, Bubbles the Chimp, not to be confused with the aforementioned Bubbles, the Human, showed up to star in a television commercial for the Washington Area Koons Automotive Dealers. Later, he joined staff and crew for lunch, displaying "impeccable manners and setting an example for everyone." Only in America.

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