Baltimore Sun’s BEST party in 2 weeks

Tony winner Battle to star in Center Stage fund-raising gala


Interior designer Alexander Baer and Center Stage certainly know how to put on a show.

Baer was the host at a party recently at his home for members of the Center Stage Presents committee. Gala chair Marsha Becker announced that the star of the April 11 gala will be Hinton Battle, who won Tony Awards for his performances in "Sophisticated Ladies," "The Tap Dance Kid" and his current hit, "Miss Saigon." Battle is not a stranger to many Baltimoreans, thanks to his involvement with the Baltimore School for the Arts.

This year's fund raising will begin with a supper party, catered by the Classic Catering People, in the Head Theater at 7 p.m. A tribute to the late Howard Head and Battle's performance will follow dinner. Dessert and music by Joey and the Jammers will conclude the evening.

Warren Miller, sports filmmaker and close friend of Howard Head, will be this year's honorary chair. Some of the folks with whom I chatted at the kickoff party were Peter Culman, Gordon Becker, Donald Rothman, Carole Sibel, Bob and Lolo Jones, Sylvia Brown, Donald Rothman, Robert Tate, Kathy Hillman, Sue Hess, Sally Michel and Carol Kleiner.

Most of us managed to take a tour of Baer's lovely home, and all agreed that we have never seen a clothes closet like his. A large room has been converted into the most organized closet I've ever seen. For example, shoes are arranged according to color, as are his hundreds of shirts, ties, jackets, socks, belts, etc. After seeing such an organized array of clothing, I left thinking of how deprived my poor husband is!

For gala tickets, call Mary Howell at (410) 685-4200.


Feb. 29 is a big day in Baltimore for music lovers. Roberta Flack will be entertaining at the Meyerhoff to benefit three organizations that help children. Call (410) 547-9200 for $100 and $50 tickets; Eartha Kitt is scheduled to put on a special show at the Raddison Plaza Lord Baltimore and those tickets are $30. Call (410) 783-7213 for ticket info. And last but not least, our own Secretary of Personnel for the State Hilda Ford will have a piano recital at the Peabody Conservatory, and that one is free. Seems this talented student of the fine arts has been studying music for the last two years. . . .


"Baltimore Jazz -- From the Royal Theater to the Peabody Conservatory" is a must for jazz aficionados. The Peabody Ragtime Ensemble will be joined by Thomas "Whit" William and his band of musicians and vocalists at the Maryland Historical Society's Jacob and Annita France Auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Williams is a distinguished musician and educator who has been an instrumental music teacher in Anne Arundel County since 1958. Also in concert will be two talented vocalists, Delores Lynn and Delores King Williams. Performances are Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Maryland Historical Society's Jacob and Annita France Auditorium. Call (410) 685-3750 to reserve tickets, which are $15.


This evening from 5 to 7, the Howard University Alumni Club will sponsor an art exhibit at the Waxter Center. The artist, Sylvia Harmon, recently retired from the Visiting Nurse Association of New York, is living in Baltimore after years of living and painting in France. Her watercolors and aquatints highlight traditional landscapes. Stop by! . . .


If you have a sweetheart, or perhaps are looking for one, you might want to stop by Wurlitzers in the Hunt Valley Marriott tomorrow beginning at 5 p.m. A Sweetheart Dance Party, to benefit families at the Baltimore Ronald McDonald House, is offering an evening of non-stop bop, games, raffle, contests and a free happy hour buffet. Overseeing the antics will be Saint David and Ron Benton from Baltimore's classic rock station, WGRX radio.


How about taking your valentine to the Fandango? Mose Parrish, former lacrosse referee, wants me to remind lacrosse players that the Fandango, a bull roast to benefit the John F. Neutze Foundation, will be held Feb. 14 at Heritage Gardens in Parkville from 7 p.m. to midnight. The cost is $25 a person. If you'd like tickets, call Parrish at (410) 561-3193 or Walter Nawrocki, (410) 665-1800.


From country to gospel music, from Sinatra to wrestling -- that's the confusing world of radio in our fair city. When WCAO radio changed its format from country to gospel, its zany Pro Wrestling Talk Show, with Larry Katz and Jerry Moshenberg, was sent packing. But now they can be heard on WITH-AM (1230) Sunday evenings from 7 to 9, in place of Frank Sinatra music. A most definite change of tempo!

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