HAPPY HALLOWEEN, guys and ghouls!
Before you put the finishing touches on your costumes tonight, may we suggest you tune in to WJZ-TV's "Evening Magazine" at 7:30 to get into the, ah, spirit? Glen Burnie psychic, spiritual medium, and sis to "Maryland You are Beautiful's" Floraine Applefeld, Sonia Sunshine Benser, will be featured in some of her favorite, ah, haunts, including the Edgar Allan Poe house and the Westminster Hall and Burial Grounds.
Aside from the "Evening Mag" stint where she says she experienced "phenomena that was extremely interesting," Sonia can be heard today during newsbreaks over WPOC-FM.
EYE OPENERS: Kevin Pollak, the terrific actor who played Izzy, the cousin with the crazy ideas in Barry Levinson's "Avalon," will be performing at the Slapstix Comedy Club Nov. 25 . . . Speaking of Avalon, the Avalon Theatre in Easton is still waiting to hear whether the "Phil Donahue Show" will be taped there as part of its "Heartland of America" series . . . And in honor of the 20th anniversary of "Wall Street Week" with Louis Rukeyser, Maryland Public TV will produce two national specials, the first to be taped live on Nov. 16 at the Tavern on the Green in the Big Apple. The second, a retrospective of the series, will air Nov. 19.
LIFESTYLES OF THE . . .: Local real estate developers Dave and Phil Altfeld played host to two Tony Award winners recently at the Woodholme Country Club here -- Len Cariou of "Sweeney Todd" fame and Robert Morse, who starred recently at the Mechanic in the one-man show "Tru."
The Altfeld family is no stranger to celebrity hobnobbing. Phil and wife, Mariann, recently returned from Aspen to attend the 90th birthday celebration for Helen Hayes, the first lady of American theater. (Hayes' son, actor James "Hawaii 5-0" MacArthur, is a longtime friend of the Altfelds.)
We understand Phil, by the way, recently took a shining to one of Aspen's most famous residents -- Jack Nicholson -- with whom he played a round of golf.
SHOPPING AROUND: Jewelry designer Mary DeMarco has opened an accessories boutique called Femme Fatale. The shop is at 4001 Falls Road . . . Findings, the designer Rita St. Clair's new shop, will open Nov. 9 at 1011 N. Charles St.
MUSICAL CHAIRS: Ron Furman (who with wife, Gail, is expecting his first child) has a couple of nifty shows scheduled at his club Max's on Broadway. Tomorrow night, country singer Kelly Willis takes center stage. Then on Nov. 8, it's the Nils Lofgren Band featuring Max Weinberg (of the E Street Band) on drums at Max's. Nils, you might recall, is best known for his stint as the featured guitarist for Bruce Springsteen on the "Born in the USA" tour.
AND FINALLY, the Baltimore School for the Arts will celebrate its 10th anniversary Sunday with a celebrity brunch and auction at the school. You're invited to brunch with such local notables as Cal and Kelly Ripken (the honorary chairs), WMAR-TV's Sally Thorner, and vocalist Ethel Ennis. Among the auction items are dTC lunch in D.C. with Representatives Ben Cardin and Kweisi Mfume. Tickets are $25 and proceeds benefit the school's library. For more info, call 396-1185.