What do you call a bash that features a zaftig burlesque queen, a gay country and western line-dancing troupe and drag queen performers? Think maybe "2 Out-rageous" might work? That's exactly what the organizers were going for at the annual fund-raiser for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore. GLCCB board member Craig Wiley says last weekend's wing-ding took place in the Main Building of the Maryland Institute College of Art. Guests were encouraged to wear outrageous costumes, but it was hard to beat NYC performance artist Scotty the Blue Bunny.
"He's a very tall man with a mustache who wears a blue bunny suit and 6- or 7-inch platform shoes," Wiley explains. "Between his heels and his ears, he was probably about 7 and a half feet tall."
Scotty wasn't the only Big Apple import. There was also Sade, a singing female impersonator, and famed drag queen Miss Understood, who was featured in the 1995 flick Wigstock.
Everyone had their favorites of the night. For party committee member Sharon Bass and hubby/emcee/WJZ star Marty Bass, it was a tie between the line-dancing D.C. Cowboys and NYC burlesque artist Dirty Martini, who performed old-fashioned stripteases with feathered fans and balloons.
"The Cowboys had these real choreographed Rockette-like moves," says Marty. "And Dirty Martini. Let me put it this way. She hasn't pushed herself away from the dinner table. But she wears it well and beautifully and has total moxie. Honey, shake it!"
Can't wait to see what GLCCB does next year.
The 'Miser' party
Speaking of going over the top, how about The Miser at Center Stage? The costumes in this version of the Moliere farce would have fit right in at last weekend's party. Think French renaissance meets '80s punk.
At the recent cast party, Dan Cordle -- who plays La Fleche -- confessed he is a "whole new person" now that he has to wear a mullet wig. And Charles Daniel Sandoval -- a.k.a. Cleante -- says his flamingly frou-frou get-up does have its drawbacks, with all its bejeweled decoration.
"With so many pins in it, and all the bouncing around I do, I inevitably stick myself," Charles said. But sometimes, he acknowledges, a stab "boosts the performance."
Considering the character Charles plays, it is a bit tricky to tell a wince from a mince.
A new Taco Fiesta
Good news for University of Maryland, College Park grads of the past decade or so. A favorite eating place there is opening here any day now. Taco Fiesta is opening at 618 S. Exeter St., a couple of doors from the Whole Foods Market. Owner Jerry Gutierrez says he had the original College Park Taco Fiesta for 12 years before selling it a year and a half ago. The new place offers the same quick, fresh, made-to-order menu as the old. But, this time the place is bigger (seating for almost 100) and it has a liquor license. There's no bar, per se. But, along with your burrito, you can also order beer, wine, a shot of tequila or a margarita. The food is in the $2-$9 range. Drinks should range from a $3 draft beer to a $25 bottle of wine. Check out the menu at tacofiesta.com.
Taco Fiesta, 410-234-3782, opens at 11 a.m. seven days a week. Closing time Sunday through Thursday will be 10 p.m. But, Jerry is hoping to pull in some of the late night Fells Point crowd by staying open until 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. The booze stops flowing at 2.
Isn't it romantic ...
Another Charm City eating place is making an offer to local lovebirds. If you have a romantic story involving the Brass Elephant, write it up and e-mail it to JanetPaulsen@comcast.net or fax it to 410-252-6105 by midnight Feb. 9. Local judges will select the most romantic, and the winning couple will receive a Valentine's Day five-course dinner for two at the Brass Elephant and a night's stay at the Peabody Court Hotel.
Ah, romance. Ain't it grand? Especially when it doesn't pinch the pocketbook.