Senator to host 'Homicide'


IT'S GALA PREMIERE time for "Homicide," a movie filmed in Baltimore. David Mamet's film (which he wrote and directed) will premier at the Senator -- where else? -- Oct. 17 to benefit the Theatre Project.

The evening will kick off with the traditional unveiling of the sidewalk block under the marquee followed by a champagne reception. Tickets are $25. For info, call the Senator at 435-1820.

By the way, we hear the Senator has a new usherette in training. Owner Tom Kiefaber and wife Louise recently added a new addition to their family -- Grace Katherine -- born Sept. 15.

HOLLYWOOD COMES to Baltimore in the form of USA International Studios in Towson, a non-union modeling, talent and casting agency, which is signing up locals for TV commercials, films, print ads and modeling gigs.

"We're always looking for a new Joe Isuzu, 'Where's the Beef?' lady or a great model or voice," said USA president Harry Korotki.

Marketing director Stuart Scesney tells us he recently placed WGRX-FM's John Panzarella in the role of a, ah, psychopath for a movie trailer in New York. Interested? Call 296-2326.

QUICK STUFF: Monet Mania? Absolutely! Tickets to the black-tie members gala, "An Evening at Giverny," celebrating the opening of the Monet exhibit Oct. 12 are already sold out, and there's a waiting list in the event of cancellations . . . Morning Mania? That's how 98 Rock is billing Russ Mottla's new morning lineup, featuring a gang of characters including former stand-up comic Mickey Cucchiella. Russ moves from the afternoon slot. No word on his replacement . . .

The Fund for Social Welfare is sponsoring a concert by Baltimore's Peabody Ragtime Ensemble Oct. 5 at Goucher College. Call 887-5551 for info.

QUICK STUFF: Author Caroline Miller and Miss Maryland Debra Fries will appear on Bruce Cotter's radio show tonight at 10 on WCBM-AM (680). Tonight's topic is eating disorders. . . . Former WBAL-TV anchorwoman and public affairs manager Edie House has joined Trahan, Burden & Charles Inc. as vice president. . . . Jensy Lister is back at the bar at CoChin (formerly the Washington Place Grill), which celebrated her return and its one-year anniversary Wednesday night with a blow-out bash.

VIOLETVILLE'S Audrey Brooks and family are eagerly awaiting their appearance on the TV show "Family Feud" this Wednesday through Friday -- if they can find somebody with a satellite dish since the show's no longer carried in Baltimore. Audrey's family, which includes son Bill Brooks and wife Donna, who live in Arbutus, daughters Lynn Storey from upstate New York and Denise Hunt from Georgia, auditioned for the show two years ago and taped their segments in June.

They came out winning $1,300 in cash and prizes not to mention the all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles. "We had a great time," Audrey remarked.

TV BALTIMORE: If the scenes look familiar on the new NBC show "Flesh & Blood" (which airs Friday nights) that's because local producer Nancy Hackerman shot them in Baltimore and its environs. The show is about a Baltimore state's attorney and stars Lisa Darr -- as the attorney -- and David Keith. The Bolton Hill town house featured in the show belongs to real estate agent Jake Boone.

FINALLY, Evening Sun columnist Dan Rodricks will host the "Clash of the Talk Show Titans II," featuring WBAL's Allan Prell and Ron Smith today at Septemberfest on the grounds of Friends School.

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