THE O'S ZONE: Rock singer and avid Orioles fan Joan Jett is one of the participants in the Orioles Fantasy Camp 1991, which gets into full swing next Sunday in Sarasota, Fla.
About 100 fans will play with such pros as Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson, former manager Earl Weaver and former O's such as Boog Powell and Al "the Bee" Bumbry.
We hear Miss Jett is a left-handed hitter who's said to have a lot of pop in her bat. Probably good on base as well.
OUR HALL OF FAMER spy Jim Palmer reports from sunny Florida that some people will do just about anything for a, er, bagel. Seems the Comeback Kid returned from a business trip in Las Vegas when his chums Hersh and Freda Pachino, who own Hersh's Orchard Inn in Towson, told him of their 22-mile journey on bikes with Baltimore real estate maven Bob Levin and wife Marilyn from Key Biscayne to Coconut Grove in pursuit of a Mighty Bagel. "They're in training for the Bagel Triathalon!" Palmer joked.
IN SEARCH OF: Gonzo journalist Hunter Thompson will make an appearance -- his only one in the Baltimore-Washington area -- at Max's on Broadway in Fells Point Feb. 5. The two presentations (7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) are "very unusual and exciting," says Upfront Promotions' Don Wehner. That, friends, could be the understatement of the week.
STILL WATERS RUN DEPP? "Cry Baby" stars Johnny Depp (accompanied by actress/steady Winona "Mermaids" Ryder) and Traci Lords (with new hubby Baltimorean Brook Yeaton) were in town just before the holidays. Why? We hear that Lords and Yeaton attended filmmaker John Waters' annual Christmas open house at his elegant Guilford digs. Depp and Ryder reportedly were scouting out local real estate prospects.
Wouldn't it be nice if Waters is considering another hometown movie featuring the teen idols?
The Comedy Factory Outlet's Gard Jones cracked us up recently when he joked that Depp, in fact, had been signed to do the Elvis Presley story. "They're calling it '21 Jump Suits.' "
MOVIE MILL: Rumors run rampant in the movie biz and we consider it our duty to report what we hear -- especially when it's vibrating on Big Crab soil.
Months back, we reported exclusively that Hollywood wunderkind Steven Spielberg had been spied in town scouting for a new movie to star that hunk Tom Cruise. Seems the rumors are back and are stronger than ever, so don't be surprised to see news -- soon -- that this is true.
Meanwhile, Barry "Avalon" Levinson's brother-in-law Lee Bonner, a Baltimore filmmaker, is rumored to be in preproduction on a movie based on the story of local plastic surgeon Dr. Gil Armiger.
IN THESE TROUBLED times, when we need it most, comes a free concert and talk today that evoke a peaceful yet searching mood. The Oneness-Heart-Musicians of New York will present the music of Indian composer Sri Chinmoy today at 2 p.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium of the Enoch Pratt Library on Cathedral Street. For info, call 467-3223.
BOOK SMARTS: Howard County residents Eileen Buckholtz and Ruth Glick, who publish romance novels under the pen name Rebecca York, have just released "Shattered Vows," their second romantic suspense tome. Set in Baltimore, the Harlequin Intrigue paperback sells for $2.50, and the authors claim it's a perfect gift for Valentine's Day.
HORSE FEATHERS: The horsy set will congregate at Martin's West Feb. 22 for the 14th annual Federico Tesio Awards Banquet Program honoring the finest in thoroughbred racing. Among those who'll be receiving the awards are sports broadcaster Charlie Eckman, ace handicapper Andy Beyer, horse owner Donna Donovan and jockeys Edgar Prado and Mark Johnston. Host of the event is the 40 West Lodge of the Sons of Italy in America. For info, call Sam Culotta at 747-0998.
THE SPORTING LIFE: Former Colts star halfback Tom Matte will host the first charity golf tournament sponsored by the Associated Roofing Contractors of Maryland Inc. to benefit the United Way of Maryland. Golfers are being sought to compete in the June 3 tourney, which will be held at the Wakefield Valley Golf Club in Westminster. For info, call 931-8105.