TALKIN' TURKEY: Thanks to merchants here in town, members of the Pride of Baltimore II will be having a traditional Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow -- all the way in Malaga, Spain!
Aside from turkey and all the trimmings, Pride members will be dining on Maryland crab cakes from Phillips Harborplace and cannolis from Vaccaro's bakery, washing the food down with wine from Boordy Vineyards.
IN THE STRANGE-but-true category comes this: "Turkey Bowl 1990" today at the Kings Point Fairlanes in Randallstown! Seems the 98 Rock gang is inviting contestants to hurl an 18-pound gobbler down the hardwood lane (which will be covered in plastic and greased) toward real bowling pins. "It's not as cruel as itsounds," says 98 Rock Promotions whiz Mary France, "since the turkeys are frozen and past the date of safe consumption." Each contestant will be required to bring a canned good.
NET PROCEEDS: Cal Ripken Jr. will play tennis with Pam Shriver against former basketball superstar Julius Erving and local tennis star Elise Burgin Nov. 27 at the Baltimore Arena. Also on the bill for the event, which is a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Children's Hospital, are Monica Seles and Jennifer Capriati. Tickets are available at the Arena box office and at TicketCenter outlets.
NAME DROPPING: Jim Byrnes, an actor in CBS-TV's "Wiseguy" se-ries, was in town this past weekend to introduce Easter Seals' 1991 multimedia advocacy campaign, "Awareness Is the First Step Toward Change," for which he's spokesman. . . . David Mamet's "Homicide" cast and crew held their "wrap" party Saturday night at Obrycki's and later on at the Tremont Hotel. The film, which was shot on location in Baltimore, may be released as early as this spring.
AROUND TOWN: A speedy recovery to former broadcaster, NBA coach and collegiate referee Charlie Eckman, who's recuperating from recent knee surgery at Kernan Hospital.
FUNNY GUYS: Baltimore natives Jeff Marder, David Cohen and Bill McCuddy will perform tonight and tomorrow night at Slapstix Comedy Club. . . . Meanwhile, tune into the Showtime Comedy Club Network Friday night to catch Baltimore's own Bob Somerby, who along with Dan Rosen founded the original Charm City Comedy Club.CAPTAIN BILL EGGERT tells us there's been loads of excitement at the Harbor View Marina and Yacht Club, which he manages. They recently played host to the first annual Senator's Cup Match race along with the new Downtown Sailing Club. Newly re-elected Sen. John Pica (one of the sponsors for the event) lost to Columbus Cup chairman Mark Fischer, and according to Eye Spies, took an unscheduled dip into the frigid waters of the Inner Harbor.