ACTOR BILLY DEE WILLIAMS is expected to be the honorary guest Saturday at the Baltimore School for the Arts' "Expressions '91." And it's all thanks to the energies of his good friend Amy Elias, who's chairing this year's benefit with Esther Pearlstone.
Williams has been concentrating his energies, of late, on his artwork, exhibiting at galleries across the country and gearing up for his New York show in April.
A private reception is planned for the actor-artist when he's here. Call 396-1185 for info.
HOT L BALTIMORE: In our continuing Quest for the Unusual in our beloved Big Crab comes our newest find -- Butts and Betty's Tavern on Gough Street in upper Fells Point owned by Betty and Cindy Ward.
The CD jukebox has a great selection of the old and new, and the cast of characters couldn't be better. When's the last time you saw a guy at a bar toting a fishing rod and pail filled with fish, which he charmingly held up for your approval?
And sushi lovers won't want to miss Gin Nakagawa's Sushi Cafe, which recently opened on Thames Street adjacent to the Admiral Fell Inn. Gin's business cards are a stitch. He bills himself as a sushiologist teaching the art of, well, sushiology.
RADIO ACTIVITY: As a prelude to spring training, Orioles broadcaster Jon Miller will be joining Dave Durian on WBAL-AM this week from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. The first exhibition game will be aired March 7 on the station. . . .
WPOC-FM music director Greg Cole has won the prestigious Gavin Award as music director of the year in the larger market country division.
EYE DO'S: Lots of local notables are (or will be) taking the marital plunge this winter. The National Aquarium's marketing whiz Kathy Cloyd wed local attorney Joel Sher a few weeks back. Pier 500's Connie Crabtree makes it official with longtime luv Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Woody Burritt on Friday.
Longtime bachelor/attorney Rick Schmidt married pretty Jennifer Ann Bishop this weekend. And WBFF-TV's Ken Walter tied the knot with fashion designer Dawn Silber.
THE ABC SPECIAL "America's Best Kept Secrets" -- which we told you about a few weeks ago because it features car racer Lee Raskin of Baltimore in a segment on the late actor James Dean -- has been a best-kept secret as to when it is going to air. (Because of the gulf conflict, the date's been changed three times.) It's now supposed to be shown at 8 p.m. tomorrow.
TABLE HOPPING: Recently named to the Wine Marketing Honor Roll by Restaurant Wine magazine, the Omni Hotel's Food and Beverage director Stephen Henderson has created the "Winemakers Dinner" and "Dining on the Edge" menu options at the downtown hotel.
QUICK STUFF: Local writer Paul Peroutka is pointing his wheelchair (Paul was born with cerebral palsy) in the direction of Loyola College's McManus Theatre March 3 for a reading (which he's taping) of some of his works at 12:30 p.m.
One of Paul's readers will be the perky Lisa Eeny of the Brewery in Fells Point, which is one of Paul's hangouts.
NAME DROPPING: Sandee Kolodny, coordinator of the Mammography Screening Services at the University of Maryland Cancer Center, was at the White House recently as a guest of Barbara Bush and Marilyn Quayle for a women's leadership summit meeting.
Walt Gutowski, who's the NFL expansion coordinator for the Maryland Stadium Authority, recently had a bit of expansion himself on the home front.
Walt and wife, Charlene, are the proud parents of twin boys Bryan and Austin.
DIFFERENT STROKES: Dr. Bernie McGibbon, who chairs the GBMC Gay Nineties annual fund-raising ball with wife Mary, has donated one of his paintings of a Baltimore landscape and a personalized portrait of you -- if you're the highest bidder -- for the silent auction at the ball at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel Saturday. Call 828-2132 for tickets.