Friday's party at the zoo will make leopards happy


PARTY ANIMALS won't want to miss this Friday night's Zoomerang!91 to benefit the Baltimore Zoo's spotted leopards. This year, over 70 of the Big Crab's finest restaurants will be offering their wares for the black-tie crowd, with music provided by the jazzy Brenda Alford, Bobby Nyk and Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra. Chairman is Carole Sibel, with co-chair Eileen Abato. Call 396-7102 for tickets.

EYES SPIES tell us producers are in town mapping out the strategy for a new movie to be shot here, starting in August, entitled "That Night." The script is based on a story by Alice McDermott and is being produced by the same folks who did the megahit "Pretty Woman." Keep your eyes here next Sunday for more news.

ALL THAT JAZZ: Baltimore jazz legend Mel Spears, who plays regularly at Society Hill, is the subject of a forthcoming documentary on Maryland Public TV. . . . Meanwhile, trumpet player Don Cohen and his trio will appear from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today on the outside deck of Harrison's Pier 5.

STAR GAZING: Theatergoers at the Senator got a treat Monday night when actor John Hoyt, who most recently played the grandfather on the TV show "Gimme a Break," dropped by for a screening of the epic "Spartacus," in which he appeared. Hoyt was in town visiting his grandniece Annie Watts. . . . "Cosby Show" star Phylicia Rashad was on hand Monday night at the College of Notre Dame for "An Evening of Siddha Meditation with Dr. Eugene Callendar." . . . And ABC anchorwoman and host of "World News Saturday," Carole Simpson, charmed all Tuesday afternoon when she was named "Broadcaster of the Year" by the Ad Club of Baltimore at the Hyatt. She'd thought she'd been invited just to give a speech. "I had no idea this was for me -- I'm overwhelmed!" she told all.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Former WCBM talkster Joe Lombardo and partner Bill Price are about to introduce a gourmet line of "Joe Lombardo's Absolutely Cheesecake." . . . Larry and Lorraine Denmark are to unveil their latest restaurant project, Lorraine's, midsummer in Owings Mills. . . . Leilani's Restaurant on Howard Street has opened the Aloha Grill right next door for light fare and carryout. . . . And 9-year-old tap dancer Jeremiah Davis nearly stole the show at the Great Eastern Chinese Restaurant, where he performed with Future Circus. Jeremiah was discovered by the group's leader, David Perkins, who spied him dancing at the SoWeBo Festival.

EYE OPENERS: Rumor has it music promoter Richard Klotzman may be negotiating with the Fishmarket to re-open. . . . Two-week-old Brina Rebecca Furman is already a regular at her dad's club -- Ron Furman's "Max's on Broadway." . . . MTV's Downtown Julie Brown is hosting a kickoff dance extravaganza at Steeltown on Northpoint Boulevard June 19 and 26 for all you danceaholics.

AROUND TOWN: Oriole wives Lori Williamson, Kim Milacki, Kathy Flanagan, Amy Worthington, Candace Ripken, Jill Oldson, Adriana Orsulak, Mirla Mesa and Jean Reed were expected to be hand for this weekend's "Paint Dad's Tee" at White Marsh Mall to benefit the Caring Program. . . . Former football star Scott Fitzkee, who's now in the construction biz, can be spied regularly breakfasting at Lenny's in the Valley Village Shopping Center. Fitzkee, who came to Baltimore in 1983 to play with the now-defunct Baltimore Stars, had his first meal in town at Lenny's.

LITTLE FETES, a series of summer parties to benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Center, kicked off with a flurry of fun events this week. Leslie and Michael Tinati hosted a Charity Bowl at Fairlanes in Towson, which raised a ton of dough, while that night Carolyn Bodie and John Avery hosted a South Seas bash.

Cameron Barry and chums chose a Southwestern Cocktail Party for their fete, while Zandy Campbell hosted a dinner with Paolo's manager Greg Schwartz at the restaurant. If you'd like to host a little fete yourself this summer, call 576-2414 -- and don't forget to invite us.

AND FINALLY, super arts activist Sue Hess is still amazed at the turnout for the "Artsalute to Governor Schaefer and the Legislature" at Center Stage, which had to turn away some 700 arts supporters. "We started off with a bang!" Hess enthused.

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