SPEAKING OF MOVIES: You're too late if you waited until the last minute to get tickets to Barry Levinson's "Avalon" premiere and party to benefit the Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation Sunday at the Senator. It's sold out.
The movie should be of special interest to WJZ-TV anchorman, Richard Sher and wife, Annabelle. Their 21-year-old son, Brian, an aspiring actor in Los Angeles who just graduated from University of Southern California, has a bit part as a waiter in the movie.
Ironically, Brian's dad Richard made his acting debut on the soap opera "General Hospital" as -- what else? -- a waiter! Wonder if he gave Brian some tips?
TABLE HOPPING: "L.A. Law" actor Larry Drake turned out for crabs at Obrycki's Sunday night with WCBM's Rudy Miller et al after speaking at the East Baltimore Resources Inc.'s "Applause After Dark" . . . Former Colts Tom Matte and Ordell Braase were spied dining on crabs as well Saturday night at the Millrace Tavern with wives, Judy and Jan . . .
AROUND TOWN: WCAO midday radio personality Brenda Bissett will be on hand at the Merriweather Post Pavilion tonight as host of the star-studded "Hard Travelers and Friends Concert" to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Some of the artists featured are Kenn Roberts, Pete Kennedy and Bill Danoff, who wrote the popular hit tune "Afternoon Delight." WCAO will be giving away VIP concert tickets to the concert.
MODEL BEHAVIOR: The Variety Club's Roxanna Green and Joe Townsley welcomed the crowd Sunday night at Martin's West as Giorgio Deronde of Beverly Hills presented a fashion show to benefit the new Children's Hospital at the University of Maryland.
This was Giorgio's first staged show in the area, and he introduced his avant garde fashions. The designer plans to open four new locations in and around Baltimore.
A benefit for ACT UP Baltimore, a local AIDS coalition, will be held Friday and Saturday night at the 14 Karat Cabaret at Maryland Art Place. Performers include Girls' Ranch, Lambs Eat Ivy, Chris Mason, She Bites and Gacey Felts. Tickets are available at the door.
REEL TO REEL: Local film video maker Peter Walsh will premiere his new short work titled "Insert Commercial Here" in two upcoming screenings. You can catch Walsh's mini-epic experimental film, which features Baltimore talents such as poet Sandie Castle and Impossible Industrial Action actors, Janel Bosies and Tony Tsendeas, Saturday night at 9:20 at the Charles Theatre.
The second screening will be held Oct. 6 at the Maryland Institute along with other films and videos he's made. For info, call Khameleon Film and Video at 539-0867.
THE VILLAGE OF CROSS Keys invited local luminaries to a champagne reception Sunday night at the Village Square to help celebrate the development's 25th anniversary. Celebrants on hand included Mayor Kurt Schmoke; the Rouse Company's Matt DeVito and wife, Rosetta; City Council President Mary Pat Clarke; Maryland You are Beautiful's Floraine Applefeld; the Store Ltd.'s Bill Steinmetz and Betty Cooke, and the Cross Keys Inn's general manager, Ron Droegmyer.
In conjunction with the Village's 25th year, a free "Golden Oldies" concert will be held in the square tomorrow at 7 p.m. featuring the Annapolis Brass Quintet.
THE CROWD SPILLED out to the street Friday night at Cartuche's grand opening celebration, but nobody seemed to mind. The shop, at 511 N. Charles St., is owned by Lois Hodes and Marc Horowitz and features antiques, artworks and accessories all done by Maryland artists.