STEELTOWN LIVES!: Construction should be completed in a few weeks on what may be the largest night club in Maryland! Steeltown -- at 2401 N. Point Blvd. in Baltimore County -- will be approximately 32,000 square feet and will hold a maximum of 2,900 people, according to General Manager Robert Schmuff.
And here's a surprise: It's a theme bar that will pay tribute to "working" Baltimore!
The club will feature national entertainment and will offer several themed entertainment areas, including the obligatory sports bar area (with billiards, basketball, darts, etc.); a Bomber Cafe, which will serve food until 1 a.m. and house a replica of a World War II Martin Marietta plane and Jeep as props; and The Blast Furnace, with a 30-foot stage for live entertainment, and two additional bars.
Steeltown is being developed by a local investment group called Hickory and is expected to open (with a national act) in mid- to late December.
SOMETHING FISHY: The public will get to see the new $35 million Marine Mammal Pavilion the day after Christmas when opening festivities -- you know, the typical political hoopla and ribbon cutting -- take place at this dazzling new addition to Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Festivities will continue through the week with free entertainment, children's activities and other surprises destined to give all in the Big Crab a, ah, whale of a good time.
MEANWHILE, in these days of dwindling dollars and higher prices, have we got a deal for you. Grab your family and head for the Maryland Science Center Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. because it's F-R-E-E. Yes, in celebration of Benjamin Banneker, the black Baltimore-born mathematician, inventor and writer, who was born on that day in 1731, the Science Center is sponsoring a free day . . . Sue Ogden, born and raised in Baltimore, and her New York City partner Cindy Stern will be on hand beginning next Wednesday for one week at Harborplace to sign their one-of-a-kind Mommy Dolls. Can Daddy Dolls be far behind?
REEL PEOPLE: "Marge and Walter," a half-hour video program shot on location in Dundalk, will have its premiere on Maryland Public Television Nov. 30 at 10:30 p.m. prior to its national PBS release.
Produced locally by Bill Whiteford and Susan Hadary Cohen, who have collaborated on documentary programs for the last 10 years, the film profiles the courageous effort made by Marge, a 71-year-old retired school crossing guard, to take care of her husband, Walter.
AND FINALLY, Slapstix Comedy Club is holding what's shaping up to be a homecoming of sorts at the popular chuckle spot in the Brokerage.
Several native sons will be returning the week of Nov. 20,including Baltimore-born Jeff Marder, who began his comedy career 10 years ago at City Lights at Harborplace. Marder just signed with HBO for his own special titled "One Night Stand."
Also, Pikesville High grad David Cohen, who now makes his home in San Francisco and has appeared on "Catch A Rising Star" and "Evening at the Improv," will also be performing. Sharing the bill, will be former local adman-turned comic and producer, Bill McCuddy.