CASTING OFF: Casting agents will be in town this month to search for new talent for "That Night," a film based on the novel by Alice McDermott.
Shooting for the production is to begin at the end of August in Baltimore, so if you're a local actor or actress looking for your, ah, big break, listen up. Needed are a couple between the ages of 30 and 40 to play the parents of young children, boys and girls between the ages of 16 and 19, children ages 9 to 12 who are not over 5 feet tall and a set of white male twins between the ages of 11 and 13.
Interested? Send a picture and resume ASAP to: "That Night" Casting, 3000 Olympic Blvd., Suite 1435, Santa Monica, Calif. 90404. The movie's being produced by Arnon Milchan, who recently did the same for the megahit "Pretty Woman."
IN CASE YOU missed it on the big screen, Baltimore filmmaker Steve Yeager's "On the Block," starring native Baltimorean Howard Rollins, is available on tape at area video outlets. . . . Singer-songwriter-producer Richard Walton, a Catonsville native, hosted a listening-release party for his new compact disc-cassette, "Out of Bounds," at An Die Musik in Towson. . . . Former U.S. Senator Charles "Mac" Mathias has been named honorary chairman of the Foundation of the Association for Retarded Citizens' prevention project for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
NAME DROPPING: Family and friends of Herbert "Hunky" Matz, former state parole commissioner and star basketball player at City College, and his wife, Jeannette, recently gathered in Baltimore to celebrate the couple's 50th wedding anniversary.
The bash was hosted by the couple's son, Ron Matz -- who's news director at WCAO-AM -- and sister Debbie. . . . Swiss native Werner Kunz, Harbor Court Hotel's managing director, co-hosted party at the hotel in honor of Switzerland's 700 years of independence last week. He was assisted by Christian Blickenstorfer from the Swiss Embassy in D.C.
TABLE HOPPING: Jim Mikula, who is a partner in the successful Pierpoint restaurant, has joined with Tom Douglas in a new restaurant venture. Mikula and Douglas have opened Weber's, a restored turn-of-the-century restaurant and bar serving American fare. The upscale watering hole is located on Boston Street across from the Anchorage town houses and is open daily.
Speaking of Pierpoint's, food writer-chef Pierre Franey is scheduled to tape a cooking segment for his television show with master chef Nancy Longo Saturday. The show, "Pierre Franey's Cuisine Rapide," airs on Maryland Public Television at 5 p.m. Sundays (with repeats at 2:30 p.m. Thursdays).
TABLE HOPPING II: Noted restaurateurs Michael and Cindy Dalesio, formerly of Dalesio's of Little Italy and Michael's Riviera Grill in the Brookshire, can now be found whipping up their cuisine at Sam's Waterfront Cafe in Annapolis. . . . Meanwhile, speaking of waterfront, the Nickel City Grill, which recently opened in the Pratt Street Pavilion at Harborplace, has hired Hank Hawley away from the posh Maxaluna Restaurant in Boca Raton, Fla., to be head chef.
A PRESS CONFERENCE to announce Maryland's First Kids Convention was held Monday at the State House in Annapolis. Hosted by the governor and Nancy Grasmick (it's her, er, baby, )) so to speak), the kickoff was attended by Merry Go Round president Michael Sullivan, one of the convention's chief sponsors, along with singer Alana Shor, who's director of entertainment for the convention, which is scheduled to take place Aug. 17 and 18 at TSU's Towson Center. For info, call 225-4160.
CONGRATULATIONS to veteran WJZ-TV photographer Frank Barranco for winning the Associated Press' first-place award for "enterprise reporting." The award was presented at the Broadcasters Convention in Ocean City. . . . The Ink Spots,
Jeffrey Osborne, Emmylou Harris, and Sergio Mendes & Brasil 99 are just some of the fabulous entertainment being offered at next weekend's ARTSCAPE '91.
The public is invited to a preview and reception honoring the artists who'll be highlighted in the visual arts exhibitions from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Decker Gallery of the Maryland Institute.