SEPARATED AT BIRTH?: Rave reviews are in...


SEPARATED AT BIRTH?: Rave reviews are in for "An Evenin with Gregory Hines," a benefit for the Advocates for Children and Youth.

The audience Sunday at the Meyerhoff was tickled pink when the singer-dancer stepped down from the stage to cavort merrily among them. All but maybe interior designer Alex Baer, who was singled out by the star because of his likeness to former president Jimmy Carter.

"Are you sure you're not him?" Hines quizzed the somewhat embarrassed Baer, who looked like he was trying to slip into his first "out of body" experience. (Some say the peanut shells under his seat tipped Hines off.)

KID STUFF: Gregg Mason of Mason Moran Casting will be holding an open call Saturday at the Charles Theatre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for "Lorenzo's Oil," a film based on a true story that may or may not be filmed locally.

If you're the parent of a precocious 5-year-old boy, listen up. The casting company is looking for an exceptionally advanced male child who possesses a "sense of gravity and seriousness" for the role of Lorenzo. (It's a plus if he's fluent in Italian and English.) TTC You must bring a photo with you. Good luck!

EYE YI YI'S: How's this for apropos of the occasion? Capt. Steve Bunker, who recently moved his China Sea Marine Trading Co. to spiffier digs on Fell Street, celebrated his 40-something birthday recently at a party thrown by chums at, of all places, John's Antiques on Broadway, owned by John Raccuglia. Reminds us of the time John Waters held his 40th at the Waxter Senior Center.

CHUCKLE SECTION: Baltimore comic Jeff Marder will be featured in his own one-half hour special called "One Night Stand with Jeff Marder" on HBO March 9 at 9:45 p.m.

A LARGE CROWD is expected to turn out at McGinn's Irish Pub and Restaurant Sunday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the eighth annual St. Patrick's Day Parade Gala Fund-raiser to benefit the parade, which is held March 17 along Charles Street.

Entertainment will be provided by Seamus Kennedy, originally from Belfast, who's well-known in the Annapolis and Northern Virginia areas. Martin O'Malley will emcee this fun party, which is chaired by Sarah Murphy.

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