WASN'T IT NICE of Blast owner Ed Hale to offer to fly television talkster Barbara Walters here on his private jet? The acclaimed journalist is scheduled to speak at a program sponsored by the Sinai Hospital Auxiliary Sunday at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation in honor of Sinai's 125th anniversary. Limited seating is available by calling 578-5033.
THE 22ND BALTIMORE International Film Festival at the BMA is in full swing. Movie director John Waters dropped by the other night for the Baltimore premiere of "American Dream," which is on its way to the Cannes Film Festival.
On hand for the reception that followed were the movie's Academy Award winning director Barbara Kopple and Baltimore's Cathy Caplan, who edited the documentary.
Closing night for the festival is April 28 when actor Tom Courtenay will be in town for the screening of "The Last Butterfly" and the closing night gala. For info, call 889-1993.
AFTER 27 YEARS of playing in traffic, WPOC-FM's traffi reporter, Jim Conway, is retiring. A Baltimore native, Jim was one of the city's original traffic voices in town, reporting for several area stations throughout the '60s and '70s before signing on with WPOC in 1978.
SAENO, THE UPSCALE menswear shop on Charles Street celebrated its 1-year birthday with a champagne reception the other night.
"It's been a good year," said owner Larry Belt, who counts actor Tony Franciosa, singer Maureen McGovern and guitarist Ottmar Liebert as some of his celeb shoppers. On hand for the bash was photographer Ron Solomon, whose nostalgic look of Gwynn Oak Park will be on exhibit at Saeno through the spring.
MAYOR KURT SCHMOKE and the mayor's advisory committe on art and culture awarded city arts grants totaling $60,000 to 88 individual artists recently.
John Bright Mann received the Barry Levinson Arts Award for excellence in film and video, while Tracy Wallace and Carol Wood were awarded the Anne Tyler Arts Award and the Taylor Branch Arts Award in their respective fields.