IF YOU'VE EVER wanted to get a gander at the Orioles Clubhouse (without getting into a heap of trouble), listen up.
The Orioles are holding their annual benefit sale at the clubhouse starting Saturday, and you're invited to drop by and do some holiday shopping. The sale will feature gifts for sports fans, including stadium prints, sweat shirts and videos, plus a limited number of baseball bats and other collectibles. A portion of the proceeds will go to Santa Claus Anonymous.
The Orioles Bird mascot will entertain from 5:30 to 6:30 each weekday evening, and there will be appearances by players on the weekend. The sale will run through Dec. 8 at Memorial Stadium.
A BUNCH OF FOLKS over at WBAL radio and TV who call themselves the Definitely Not Ready for Prime Time Players will present a cabaret-style show for charity, "In Person," Dec. 3 at the Towsontowne Dinner Theatre.
The musical comedy revue is a one-time deal, and proceeds will benefit the WBAL Kids Campaign to "Give a Kid a Christmas." Among the non-prime-time notables who will be starring in the production are Dave Durian, Allan Prell, Doug Roberts, Dan Rodricks, Jim West, Jack Shaum, Alan Walden and Frank Graff. Tickets are $10 and can be reserved by calling 321-6595.
BEHIND BARS: Chairman Garland Williams and the 1991 Bartenders Charity Ball committee held their kickoff bash last week at Twins downtown to announce plans for the eighth annual Baltimore Bartender's Ball.
This year's ball will return to the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn Feb. 16, so mark your calendars! Williams is hoping to make this year's Bartenders Ball the most successful yet. For ticket info, call 296-6137.
EYE OPENERS: Eight-year-old Angela Blocher, who's a student at William James Elementary in Harford County, will be re-creating the role of Little Cossette in the musical "Les Miserables" (which she did so beautifully here at the Mechanic during its 10-week run) in Detroit for a one-week run the week before Christmas. The daughter of Clipper City's Bill Blocher and wife, Ann, Angie was selected after auditioning for the part in New York.
Paul Naden and the Fallstaff Five plus Two (also known as the Dixieland Tax Notes, since Naden's a CPA) will return to the Cafe Des Artistes Tuesday night for your dancing pleasure.
The Young Professionals Exchange will host its monthly networking event Thursday from 5:30
p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Engineers Club on Mount Vernon Place for all you professionals interested in meeting other pros. It's sponsored by the Baltimore Junior Association of Commerce. A $3 donation is requested at the door.
TABLE HOPPING: Famed author (and star of Miller Lite Beer ads) Mickey Spillane will be doing the honors as emcee tomorrow at the Restaurant Association of Maryland's Awards Banquet at Stouffer Harborplace Hotel.
The gala is the kickoff for the Mid-Atlantic Foodservice and Lodging Expo, which opens at the Convention Center Nov. 27 for a two-day run. William King Sr. and William King Jr. of Ellicott City's Crab Shanty will receive the 1990 Restaurateur of the Year Award.
IN CASE YOU'RE not aware, Saturday has been set aside a AIDS Awareness Day, a national effort to commemorate the contributions of members of the artistic community who have died of AIDS.
In conjunction with this, HERO and School 33 Art Center are sponsoring a quilt-making workshop, which is open to the public free. For info, call 685-1180 or 396-4641.
Writer-performer David Drake, who's a native of Harford County, will present a one-person show, "The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me," Saturday night at the opening of the "AIDS-AID" exhibit at the BAUhouse in Baltimore. Drake has appeared in Craig Lucas' critically acclaimed "Longtime Companion." The exhibit starts at 8 p.m. followed by the performance at 10 p.m.
FINALLY, human bowling has returned to Baltimore's Origina Sports Bar Wednesday nights after a brief hiatus. "We retire the game every three or four months to keep the concept fresh," says general manager Mark Johnson. Here's how it works: Helmeted contestants on sleds are propelled down a 30-foot alley to knock down 10 soft plastic Beck's bottles, which are scored like duckpins. The team that knocks down the most wins. Only in America.