Saturday's BSO gala almost sold out

JUST A FEW tickets remain for Saturday's BSO gala at its dazzling new location at Stouffer's Harborplace Hotel and the Gallery at Harborplace.

About 1,500 well-heeled arts supporters are expected to turn out for this wingding chaired by Merry-Go-Round's dynamic CEO Mike Sullivan and wife Jeanne.


The guest list reads like a who's who, including familiar folks such as Hall of Famer Jim Palmer, Orioles owner Eli Jacobs, and Merry-Go-Round co-founder Boogie Weinglass, who is swinging down from the Big Apple where he's just opened his fourth Boogie's Dinner on Lexington Avenue. Call 783-8016 for ticket info.

SINGER BEN VEREEN, who'll be headlining Lifesongs 1991 on Sept. 28, is scheduled to host Maryland Public Television's fourth annual Project Reach Out telethon for volunteerism tomorrow from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Vereen will be joined by local entertainers Gazze and Deanna Bogart as well as guests from the media, politics and the business sectors. Tune in.


A FOND FAREWELL: The University of Maryland School of Law held a farewell reception for Michael J. Kelly last week at Westminster Hall. About 400 people gathered to say thanks to Kelly, who left the law school after serving as dean for 17 years. He reported to his new job as vice president of Georgetown University in D.C. this week.

STILL TIME TO pledge your support for literacy in Baltimore and also get the chance to meet with super O's star Cal Ripken and wife Kelly at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 12. Called "Reading, Runs and Ripken," Cal has literally gone to bat for Baltimore Reads Inc. by making a donation to the cause for every home run he hits this season. There's still time for you to do the same. Call 576-READ for details.

TABLE HOPPING: Celebrity waiters will be gathering tomorrow at Harrison's Pier 5 to plan their strategies for the Captain Buddy's Celebrity Waiter A La Heart benefit planned for Sept. 12 to benefit the American Heart Association. We understand B-104's Chuck Allen (hubby of newsie Rudy Miller) is gung-ho about the benefit and has been practicing his waiter-ing skills on friends.

ORIOLES FANS who are dying to get a ticket to the very last O's game at Memorial Stadium, listen up. That is just one of the exciting silent auction items available tomorrow night at the Orioles wives "Cruise for Kids" on the Bay Lady, featuring Oriole players past and present. The best news is cruise tickets are still available by calling 955-8767.

AROUND TOWN: Baltimore author Nina Tassi will host a book signing of her new tome, "Urgency Addiction: How to Slow Down Without Sacrificing Success," Friday at Gordon's Booksellers from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rotunda. Governor Schaefer, who's mentioned in the book, is invited to attend . . . Baltimore actor Dave DeBoy of MPT "Crabs" fame was chosen winner of the fifth annual Celebrity Talent Show at the Maryland State Fair last week. DeBoy donated his $1,000 winnings to the Maryland Food Committee.