Alton McClain Scarborough will sing in the starring role tonight when "Leader of the Pack" opens at the Theater on the Hill, Western Maryland College. She's a Baltimore native and former member of the singing group Alton McClain and Destiny, which split up in the early '80s when Alton began singing gospel music. She's married to Skip Scarborough, a Grammy Award-winning writer of soul music.
Show times are 8 tonight, Saturday night, July 1-3 and 8-10. Ticket cost $8 to $14 and can be reserved by calling (410) 857-2599 or (410) 857-2448.
* "Homebody," a mystery/suspense novel set in Baltimore, is scheduled for release by HarperPaperbacks in August. The book, written by Baltimore free-lancer Louise Tichener, will take local readers to such familiar places as the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Little Italy and Roland Park.
The craft of cartooning has been referred to as the Rodney Dangerfield of the art world.
Finally, thanks to the efforts of Tom "Chalk" Chalkley and Craig "Hank" Hankin, it will get the respect it deserves. These two cartoonists are organizers of "Cartoonathon," an exhibit of original drawings by Maryland cartoonists that opens July 8 at Galerie Francoise et ses Freres in the Greenspring Station.
The show will include editorial cartoons by Kevin "KAL" Kallaugher, Mike Lane and Glen Foden; humorous pieces by Mike Ricigliano, John Ebersberger and Jim Sizemore; comic book art by Steve Stiles; and comic strips and satirical illustrations by the two organizers.
"Cartoonathon" will be on display though Aug. 4.
* Georgia's peachiest U.S. senator, Sam Nunn, and his wife, Colleen, were the star attractions at this week's $250-a-person fund raiser for the Maryland Democratic Leadership Council.
The party was held Monday evening at the Annapolis home of Debbie and Tom Siebert. He's an FOB (friend of Bill's) who is the ambassador designate to Sweden. Others there to meet Nunn, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, were Kathy and Bruce Poole -- he's chairman of the Maryland council and majority leader of the state House of Delegates; Dennis McCoy, attorney/lobbyist, who was with his daughter, Kim; Al From, executive director of the National Democratic Leadership Council; Tom Koch, treasurer of the Maryland Democratic Party; Frances Reaves, attorney; Maryland Attorney General Joe Curran; Paul Besozzi; Kristin Riggin and Scott Robertson.
The topic of gays in the military, which has made Nunn a household word, never came up.
Dr. Ross Z. Pierpont, the Republican Party's perennial candidate, is putting out feelers again. He has sent the inner circle of the Republican Party a long list of "compelling" reasons why he and Jayne H. Plank, former mayor of Kensington, would make a good team to run for governor and lieutenant governor in 1994. Two of the reasons are that a Mason Dixon poll gave him an 85 percent recognition across the state and that he received 48 percent of the vote in his 1990 Republican primary run for governor.
The management and staff of Christopher's and Padonia Station Cockeysville began recycling its aluminum products last October and raised $1,500. What to do with the funds was easy: They established a scholarship at Dulaney High School, and have selected Megan K. Treanor as the first recipient -- not only for the good grades she maintained in her four years at Dulaney, but for her involvement with the community recycling program.
Congratulations to: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra maestro David Zinman, who became a grandfather for the first time June 22. His daughter, Rachel and her husband, Nicholas, who live in Australia, are the proud parents of Jacob Zachary. David's wife, Mary, a violist with the BSO, is in Australia with her new grandchild . . . Robert Williams, the chef at Hersh's Orchard Inn since 1980, for being named as one of North America's top-ranked chefs by his peers in the Chefs of America Foundation . . . Newlyweds Lisa Mathews, lead singer with Love Riot and publicist for the 8x10 club in Fells Point, and Miles Anderson, a talented musician. Their friends predict that this couple will make beautiful music together.