Josephine Baker film was previewed here


SEEN ON THE SCENE: Tomorrow night, HBO subscribers all over the country can tune in "The Josephine Baker Story," starring Lynn Whitfield, ("The Women of Brewster Place" and "Equal Justice") at 8 p.m. (The show will be aired at off and on through April 5.) The film traces the life of a woman born in a St. Louis ghetto who rose to become the toast of Europe in the '20s. More than 1,000 Baltimoreans got a sneak preview of the film at the Meyerhoff at a recent benefit for the Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women.

Among the hiho's at the preview were Euan Fannell, president and GM of United Artists Cable of Baltimore; Dr. Anne Emery, president of the local Coalition of Black Women; Barbara DeBaptiste, president of the National Coalition; David Fiedler, Home Box Office; and Thelma Daley and Laura Knight, officers of the local coalition.

HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: My old North Carolina buddy, Chic Davis, executive director of the Advertising Association of Baltimore (AAB), has won the organization's coveted Silver Medal Award for 1990. It's the highest honor presented by the AAB and is based on outstanding contributions to the industry. Way to go Tarheel!

On St. Patrick's Day weekend where we roll out the green carpet, the Baltimore Tourism Association is rolling out the red one for more than 600 group leaders from Virginia to New England. These visitors, who represent organizations interested in trips to our fair city, will be wined, dined and treated to our most interesting attractions. Which, of course, could mean big bucks for the city!

Maureen "There Has To Be a Morning After" McGovern is the headliner for the April 11 Chesapeake Aids Foundation fund-raiser at the Meyerhoff. These days she's belting out Gershwin songs in a style that would have made George and Ira proud. Tickets range from $15 to $100 and may be reserved by calling 783-8000.

Slowly but surely, ousted staffers of former Baltimore County Exec Dennis Rasmussen are getting settled in new jobs. Robert W. Sheesley, former director of Baltimore County's Department of the Environment, is now a partner in Brightwater Environmental Consultants in Ellicott City. This firm will specialize in stream restoration and non-tidal waterways.

The Baltimore City Yacht Association's 140 members have decided to pull up anchor and move from the Anchorage to the Harborview Marina and Yacht Club. Commodore Lee Glenn and marina manager Captain Bill Eggert are excited about this union, which means members can dock at the marina, have privileges at the Commodore Club and its meeting rooms and participate in the monthly seminars hosted by Rags magazine. Just think, we'll be able to watch the Tuesday races this summer from Harborplace.

KUDOS: To members of the Baltimore Radio Association, which several months ago "adopted" the Salvation Army. At Christmas, members of the association sent volunteers to man Christmas kettles and ring bells, raising almost $3,000 in three hours. Now they are raising money for the Learning Center at Booth House, an emergency shelter for homeless families. The much-needed funds will be used to furnish a special room at the house where shelter children can learn and study.

WEEKEND GLIMPSE: If you haven't made plans for tomorrow evening, put your glad rags on and get in the mood for a gala anniversary party. WITH radio is celebrating its 50th anniversary in style with a Battle of the Big Bands at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn. (The station officially signed on on March 29, 1941.) Zim Zemarel and his Orchestra and the Ed Williams Big Band will play continuous music from 8 p.m. until midnight. Tickets are only $15 and you can call 433-2427 if you're interested in attending.

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: V-103's Jean Ross, Wednesday; attorney Mike Gisriel, today; Orioles Phil Bradley, Monday, and Steve Findlay, Tuesday; Donna Felling, Sunday.

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