Baltimore to reel in movies


August 25, 1991|By LAURA CHARLES

REEL PEOPLE: Lenny Elmore, former New York Knicks basketball player and All American at University of Maryland, is working on something that could be a big boost for the area's economy (not to mention drawing national attention to our town).

The Harvard-trained lawyer, who lives near Columbia and currently does color commentary for CBS-TV, recently opened a marketing and consultation management firm called the Aegis Group, which is putting together a package to produce feature films here.

"We felt Baltimore and Maryland could use some good news," he said.

Former "M*A*S*H" star Mike Farrell, who has his own production company, is interested in making some of his films here, and locally, Sean Murphy and David Butler, whose company is called Bargain Basement Films, have a finished script in Elmore's nimble hands.

Interested in being a movie mogul? Call Elmore at (703) 893-0230.

CORBI'S RESTAURANT in Little Italy played host to a welcome (( home reception last Friday for Montel Williams, one of daytime television's popular faces who is a Glen Burnie native. About 150 fans and supporters turned out to greet Williams, star of the nationally aired "Montel Williams Show," which is shown locally on WMAR-TV (Channel 2).

They included Montel's parents, Baltimore city transportation chief Herman Williams and wife Marjorie, and Mayor Kurt Schmoke.

Montel jokingly asked the mayor, "Do you think you could supply televisions to all city offices and give employees a break between 11 a.m. and 12 noon?" We guess we don't have to tell you what time Montel's show is on.

EYES SPIES report that the Australian-born internationally renowned hair stylist, who goes simply by the name Zenon, was in town last week to teach hair fashion trends to hair-care professionals at the new Studio Giovanna in Towson.

Zenon, who is artistic director of Helene Curtis Attractions, told all that Baltimore is finally becoming a "trend-setter" in hair fashion -- something John Waters has known a long time.

QUICK TAKES: The Club Martinique's owner Dion Dorizas tells us it's gearing up for its second annual Miss Martinique Contest, starting Sept. 25 with cash prizes as well as photo and trip opportunities. Women who'd like to enter should drop by the club in Perring Plaza. . . . Three Baltimore area businesses have donated their efforts to publish "Renaissance of the Baltimore Clipper,"the story of Pride of Baltimore II -- for sale through the Pride of Baltimore Inc. at 625-5460.

The Pride, by the way, is in the United Kingdom and is expected back to the Big Crab late this fall. . . . And finally, local media mavens were invited to tea with director Zoe Caldwell the other day to hear all about the play "Park Your Car at Harvard Yard," which she'll be directing at the Mechanic opening Oct. 1.

The play stars Jason Robards and Judith Ivey.

OUT AND ABOUT: A production exploring women's experiences through mime will be held Friday at St. John's United Methodist Church in Charles Village.

Staged by Mime Weavers, the show, "All That Is Unspoken," benefits the Sexual Assault Recovery Center.

Call 243-5760 for info.

MARS IN ANNAPOLIS? Yes, indeed, as in Midnight Auto Repair Service. Owner Mike Ford has opened his car repair shop with hours that may surprise you -- 4 p.m. to midnight Mondays to Fridays, noon to midnight Saturdays and "on call" Sundays.

Ford, who previously worked as a chief mechanic for the city of Annapolis, stresses that the shop is counting on those who depend on their car every day. "We can fix it at night and they won't miss their car at all," he said.

THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: Baltimore natives Steve Bauer and Marianne Wittelsberger, whose "Yours, Mime & Ours" act, based in Hollywood, has performed for such stars as Kenny Rogers, Jon Voight and Ricardo Montalban, will be appearing from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Westview Mall. . . .

Singer-songwriter and pianist Russ Margo is excited about the "world premiere" of his one-man show on Comcast's Channel 6 starting Sept. 6 and airing throughout the month. He'd be even more excited if he got cable at home.

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