Rollins and Starr expected at opening of 'On the Block'


October 24, 1990|By LAURA CHARLES

STRIP TEASER: The long-awaited world premiere of local filmmaker Steve Yeager's first major feature, "On the Block," has been slated for early December at -- where else? -- the Senator Theatre. Baltimore-born actor Howard ("In the Heat of the Night") Rollins and former burlesque star Blaze Starr, who both appear in the film, will be attending the gala opening. A "Block" party will follow the screening and feature local bands. The R-rated movie about the Big Crab's infamous er, tenderloin district, took about four years to complete, and features many local actors and actresses. Sounds a-peeling. Stay tuned for the date.

SPEAKING OF MOVIES, we mentioned a while back that producers were scouting locations in town for the movie version of "The Addams Family," starring Raul Julia. Well, they still haven't decided on Baltimore (although we heard they did find a suitable house and thank all of you who called and volunteered your eerie looking digs). But listen to who's been cast as Morticia -- none other than Anjelica Huston! Any ideas on who would make a perfect Lurch? (And don't say Jack Nicholson -- she dumped him long ago!)

GUESS WHO'S THE newest member of the Centenarian Club, a club for those who vow to live to be 100 years old (or more) founded by social workers Suzanne Ricklin and Tamara Lubliner, of Columbia? None other than the spry 96-year old comedian-actor, George Burns, who took time to meet with the ladies when he was in town for the recent Lifesongs benefit. By the b'eye, CBS weatherman Willard Scott is honorary national chair of the organization.

AROUND TOWN: Hooters, the restaurant-bar chain that started in Florida and worked its way north, opened Monday night with a VIP bash at its new location in Harborplace where Swensen's Ice Cream Parlor used to be. Staged as a benefit for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center, music from the '50s and '60s played continually and many guests got in the spirit by hula hooping!

Veteran emcee Trucky Halpren will host, once again, the annual Halloween Costume Party at the Pimlico Restaurant, starting at 9:30 p.m. on the 31st, featuring cash prizes for the best costumes.

And Dr. Roger Blumenthal tells us there will be plenty of haute cuisine and fine wine at the first "Heartfest" this Friday night at the Baltimore Grand to benefit the Johns Hopkins Hospital's Ciccarone Cardiac Care Center, named for the late Hopkins lacrosse coach Henry Ciccarone.

For info, call 321-6500.

JUST KID-ING: Three-year-old Elliot Ganson, son of WMAR-TV's Brad Ganson and wife Joanna, is "cover child" for the 1991 Baltimore Ronald McDonald House Calendar entitled the "Spirit of Children." The calendars, which feature children from the Baltimore area, will be on sale at all participating McDonald's Restaurant with proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.

AND FINALLY, Mrs. Robert (Ethel) Kennedy, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and other members of the Kennedy clan are expected to be on hand for a gala preview of The Lowenherz Collection of Kennedy Photographs on Nov. 18 at the Galleria Piccola at the Peabody Institute. Back Sunday!

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