AND IN HEALTH: Hi, friends, glad to be back in the land of the living after being decked by that vicious flu that's making the rounds -- you know, the one that makes you feel like Edward Scissorhands is giving you a full body massage. But now -- the news.
WE'VE HEARD OF publicity stunts, but this one's a real icebreaker! There we are watching snowflakes blow by our window when there's a knock on the door. We open it and in strolls a uniformed chauffeur carrying a white rose and a videotape on a silver platter!
Turns out it was an invitation to the opening of the Wedding Galleria, an entrepreneurial Disney World for those contemplating a walk down the aisle, conceived by Alex Karas.
Seems Alex has done it Big Time by creating, what he claims, the only place in the world where you can cut a hit album while enjoying a complete make-over before being photographed on your choice of sets, or actualizing a Grey Poupon fantasy in an exquisite vintage Rolls-Royce, all the while making plans for every detail of your nuptials.
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Wedding Galleria is a little like the IKEA for the marriage-minded -- everything you'll ever need under one roof for your, ah, blessed event. Housed in what was once a police station, the 13,000-square-foot art deco building has been spruced up by designer John Chalk during his tenure with Chambers Interiors.
TV TIDBITS: WMAR-TV anchorman Stan Stovall and news photographer Pete O'Neal have formed a production company called New Visions and are producing a new show in the Big Crab called "Turn It Up." O'Neal says the show is a bit like "Arsenio Hall" or "In Living Color" in that it will feature a live band and offer a variety of entertainment.
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case for local talent, will be taped on location at Volcanoes, a nightclub at 1017 Greenmount Ave. It will be hosted by WXYV-FM personality Randy Dennis.
Interested performers should send in tapes to the aforementioned address as auditions will begin at the club in late February. "We hope to provide an avenue for minorities to get involved in all aspects of production," O'Neal explained. "Turn it Up" is set to debut at 12:30 p.m. March 16 on WMAR-TV (Channel 2).
QUICK TAKES: Orpheus in Little Italy, the new nightclub inspired and run by local bon vivant Bubbles, which opened on New Year's Eve (and is currently open weekends for members and non-members alike), is staging its public grand opening Feb. 1 with a members' reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and free admission after that for all others.
WHILE WE'RE ALL here freezing, we can get a vicarious thrill by knowing that the annual Orioles cruise is on the high seas with former manager Earl Weaver and players including Dave Johnson and Randy Milligan on board.
The ship makes ports of call in the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Mexico.
On the home front, Joe Orsulak and Ellie Hendricks will be appearing at the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce Luncheon at noon Thursday as part of the annual Orioles Caravan, whichwill take the Birds to a variety of roosting spots for the next couple of months.
GALA UPDATE: We were misinformed about the date of the Baltimore Burn Ball to benefit the Regional Burn Center Foundation. It will be held Feb. 23 at Harbor Court Hotel. Call 550-0895 for tickets.
The Harford Mall will be the scene of the annual Snow Ball to benefit tuberous sclerosis research Jan. 20. The benefit was organized by the Patrick Hart Foundation for Genetic Research. Music is by Gazze and tickets are $16. Call 879-1845.
TABLE HOPPING: Glenn Kotelchuck, the adorable bartender who for many years -- seven to be exact -- delighted his customers with his wit and charm at the Owl Bar, can now be found at the Peabody Conservatory on weekends joining that marvy mixologist Nathan Beveridge. Such a dynamic duo!
Churchill's Vince and Barbara Auty had quite a theatrical happening at their downtown restaurant recently. Philip Anglim, who was appearing in "M. Butterfly" at the Mechanic, dropped by with a few chums and was charmed by several of the staffers who happen to work the dinner theater circuit.
Alex Auty, who's appearing in "Kiss Me Kate," waited on him. Holly Pasciullo, who recently played Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls," showed them to their table, and Kim Garrison, the ballerina in "Nunsense," and actor Billy Burke, who most recently wowed them in "Guys and Dolls," applauded their efforts.
Stay warm and we'll see you Wednesday!