THE MARYLAND BALLET celebrated the close of its fifth anniversary season and the opening of its sixth with a fund-raising July Fourth bash aboard the Bay Lady. Dancers from the company were on hand to greet guests, along with special entertainment and dancing to Top 40 hits. A moonlight cruise and a dazzling Inner Harbor fireworks display made for a memorable evening.
RADIO ACTIVITY: Local attorney/financial consultant Michael Hodes, whose "Financial Focus" show has aired Saturday mornings on WCBM-AM since 1984 (making it the longest running specialty talk show in the area), has gone national. Mike's show can now be heard on stations throughout the United States weeknights from 5 until 6 over the American Radio Network, which is produced here at Flite III . . . Meanwhile, Representative Barbara Mikulski has jumped on the radio bandwagon and can be heard voicing her opinions over WCBM Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
PICTURE PERFECT: A major retrospective of the works of Baltimore photographer Barry Holniker, who died tragically in a car crash last year, is being planned to honor Barry's memory on Oct. 19 at the BAUhouse. Donations, however, are needed for the show since creating such an exhibit is expensive. To find out how you can help, call the Barry Holniker Retrospective at 366-6662.
VISUAL FIREWORKS are planned for the opening tomorrow of a new exhibit by 50 Maryland artists at the Artshowcase Gallery, curated by J. E. "Doc" Dockery, at its new home at 336 N. Charles St. The show runs through July 27.
NIGHT MOVES: The 8x10 Club in South Baltimore is now open seven nights a week with a special progressive rock dance night Mondays, called Industry. The brainchild of D.C.'s Randy Haines and DJ/video consultant Mark Heyner, Industry has had great success in Washington. Unlike other nights at the club, it's open to adults 18 and over. Doormen Duke and Tiny, who collectively tip the scales at over 500, will be on hand to mingle with the masses.
QUICK STUFF: Rick Sarmiento's clothing chain, The White House, will be spotlighted on an upcoming travel feature on Japanese television called "Zips," which runs on TV Tokyo . . . Apologies to Ladew Topiary Gardens for reporting that Zim Zemarel would be there last Sunday. Zim and his Big Band, in fact, will be there this Sunday night. Meanwhile, if you need a Zim fix before then, you'll find the band following David Zinman's annual "Viennese Night" Saturday at the Meyerhoff as part of the BSO's Summerfest concerts. Call 783-8000 for ticket info.
CHINA CONNECTION: F. Scott Black, director of Cockpit in Court at Essex Community College, is auditioning for cast members for "The Fantasticks" who are interested in going to China. Seems the theater has been invited to represent the United States at the '91 Shanghai Workers' International Art Festival in China from Oct. 20-28. The government of China will assume all land expenses but each participant in the troupe will be required to pay a portion of the transportation costs. Needed are a young boy and girl, two fathers, the mime and the narrator. Call 522-1434 for a private audition.
AND FINALLY, the magazine Entertainment Weekly gave a C rating to the movie "Maxim Xul," which was made here in Baltimore and is now on video. Rentals of the video have been brisk at area Blockbuster stores. The film stars Adam "Batman" West and was written by Randallstown's Chuck Rickard, who also appears in the film.