PICK OF THE WEEK: If you like the music on MTV, you might want to check out the band the Fringe.
"We do a lot of upbeat stuff. We have a hot dance sound like you would see on an MTV dance show," said Sue Ellen Sacco, female lead for the band, adding, "Our name is short for the Lunatic Fringe. We get pretty silly on stage."
Based in Baltimore, the band "gets a good following from Baltimore," she said. "The Ocean City people follow us too. We get a lot of 'repeat offenders.' I have a cordless microphone and I go out and bother everybody and make them sing. People like the attention," Ms. Sacco said.
The other band members are Dan Pellegrini, keyboards, sequencing and vocals; Jeff Coulson, guitar and vocals; and Mark Jones, drums, programming and sequencing. Ms. Sacco and John Goska both sing.
During the summer, the Fringe often plays in Ocean City, with return trips to the beach for special occasions such as New Year's Eve.
The band will be performing at the Carousel Tuesday through Aug. 25 and Aug. 27-Sept. 1 and at the Paddock, Sept. 3-7.
FOR LAUGHS: Parker Productions, presented by the Wills family of Ocean City, is staging the musical comedy, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."
Set in Rome on a spring day in 200 B.C., the show offers a hilarious collage of mix-ups, schemes and cover-ups as boy tries get girl.
The "Forum" is being performed at 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at the Carousel Hotel. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for those under 18.
FOR CHARITY: Comedian Tubby Boots will perform at a benefit for Coastal Hospice Sept. 2 at the Carousel Hotel. The 57-year-old performer, who weighs 375 pounds, has been in show business since he was 7, when he joined his parents' vaudeville show, and has appeared at various clubs in Ocean City for the past 10 years. Tickets are $10 and proceeds will help Coastal Hospice continue its work with the terminally ill. Call 289-6076 by Friday.
CARD SHOW: The second annual Seashore Spectacular Baseball Cards and Sports Memorabilia Convention will be held at the Convention Center Friday through Aug. 25. More than 5,000 collectors are expected to attend, with a special appearance by Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson Aug. 25. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 25. Admission is $3 for adults and free for anyone under 6.
ENTERTAINMENT: King Pins, tonight and tomorrow at the Ocean Club, 49th Street and the beach, and Tuesday through Aug. 26 at Horizons, 101st Street and Coastal Highway . . . Cheers, Tuesday through Aug. 25 at the Ocean Club . . . Chuck Corby and Quiet Storm, tomorrow at Horizons . . . comedian Tubby Boots at the Shrimp Shack, 115th Street and Coastal Highway, Tuesdays through Saturdays . . . comedians Connie and Charlie, Tuesdays through Saturdays, at Giovanni's, 33rd Street and Coastal Highway . . . First Class, Aug. 26-Sept. 9 at the Ocean Club . . . Killing Floor, tonight at the Purple Moose on the boardwalk between Talbot and Caroline streets.