LOCAL FILMMAKER John Waters, rumored to be working on his hush-hush new film project, is slated to host the first Hair Ball, a hair-raising event for Baltimore's art community, on April 27 at the Maryland Art Place at 218 W. Saratoga St.
Tickets are $10 for MAP members and $15 for the public, which should guarantee a sellout. Make checks payable to MAP and send by April 12; a guest list will be held at the door.
Meanwhile, Waters fans might want to mark April 4 on their calendars, when the filmmaker and noted raconteur returns to the Comedy Factory Outlet to reveal more of his "obsessions."
TABLE HOPPING: Churchill's Vince Auty can sometimes be heard crooning a tune at the restaurant's Cheers Pub on Friday nights. By the way, the pub showcases local amateur talent if you're looking for an open mike.
Speaking of talent, area vocalist Willie Wolfson really belted one out with Paul Naden's terrific Fallstaff Five Plus Two Dixieland jazz band Tuesday night at the Cafe des Artistes, where owner Harvey Clapp was merrily celebrating his birthday and bartender-magician Jimmy Smith has returned with his usual bag of tricks.
And finally, due to demand, the Wednesday night jazz jam sessions at the New Haven Lounge in Northwood will begin at 8 p.m. and run through midnight starting in April.
COLONNADE DEVELOPERS Howard and Richard Rymland are continuing their monthly music fests with a performance of classical Irish music and folk songs by the Boar's Head Consort on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.
The Rev. Vashti MacKenzie is this year's honoree at the Howard University's Alumni Club's Charter Day Brunch on Saturday. For info, call Karin Kendrick at 542-8693.
THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: Peabody soprano Shari Rosen will perform the Baltimore premiere of Lucas Richman's "The Last Butterfly" at the Walters Art Gallery today at 1:30 p.m.
Actor Jamie Zemarel, the son of noted bandleader Zim Zemarel, has landed a role on the soap "As the World Turns." He'll play a bailiff in a courtroom scene the next few weeks. Closer to home, Jamie returns to sing with his dad's band at WITH-AM's "Battle of the Big Bands" on Saturday at Marriott's Hunt Valley, along with the Ed Williams Big Band. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved by calling 433-2427.
A TOTAL OF 300 tickets to the world premiere performance of the Maryland-based ensemble Sonus' "Dear Youth," a new chamber work composed by Daron Aric Hagen, are available free to families of men and women serving in the gulf. Call 685-0525. The Tuesday concert takes place at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church at 7:30 p.m. and general admission is $5, $3 for students and seniors.
DARRYL TALLEY of the Buffalo Bills, Joe Walker of the Cincinnati Bengals and Keith Kartz of the Denver Broncos are just three of the 28 NFL award recipients of the Ed Block Courage Award who will be in town Tuesday night for the awards banquet at Martin's West. Since its inception in 1978, the awards have raised over $1.4 million for abused children.
ERIC BOGOSIAN'S off-Broadway smash hit, "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll," will open the Baltimore Museum of Art's second season of "Off the Walls" for two performances March 23 and 24. This marks the Baltimore-Washington premiere of Bogosian's solo tour de force and is the final performance of the hit, which has been made into a motion picture to be released in April. Tickets go on sale Friday at the Museum Shop or reservations can be made by calling 396-6314.
BALTIMORE CITY COLLEGE came to the rescue recently of movie director Arthur Egeli and producer Ron Israel, when it provided 22 football helmets for a scene in a promotional preview of "Prodigy," a movie Egeli and Israel are shooting in Annapolis this spring. Seems the Severn School's football team, which was in the scene, had sent its helmets out for reconditioning, so City College principal Joe Antensen and coach George Petrides offered their school's as substitutes.