L.A. STORY: Move over Steve Martin, watch out Robin Leach. We just flew to heavenly Hollywood for the weekend with our chum, Ruth Bogart, to catch up with our not-so-rich but someday famous actor sons, who've given up Crabtown for Tinseltown.
The boys -- Keith Bogart, who's been a regular on the soap "One Life to Live" and appears frequently on the TV show "Fresh Prince," and Josh "Dead Poets" Charles, who's just finished the lead in "The Bridge" with Steven Baldwin (Alec's little brother), which opens the U.S. Film Festival this winter -- gave their moms the royal treatment in La La Land.
SINCE THE GRAND opening party for Boogie's Diner in L.A. coincided with our visit, we naturally, ah, boogied over to check it out.
About 1,500 people had the same idea, among them Baltimore's favorite filmmaker Barry Levinson, who was off to Italy the next day to score the music for "Bugsy" starring Warren Beatty.
The ponytailed Boog or more formally Leonard Weinglass, co-founder and chairman of the board of Merry-Go-Round Enterprises Inc. headquartered in Baltimore, schmoozed with stars such as Morgan Fairchild, Casey and Jean Kasem and "L.A. Law's" Blair Underwood.
THE CHARM CITY Comedy Club's co-founder Dan Rosen invited us to a taping of a TV show he was
working on called "Comics Only." Dan, who's now based in L.A. and is one of the performers-writers-producers on the show (his assistant, Michele Panzarella, is also from Baltimore and brother of WGRX-FM DJ John Panzarella), doesn't rule out a return to Charm City if the deal's right.
"Comics Only" is on Comedy Central, a 24-hour comedy station watched by 30 million viewers. Dan added that former Baltimore comic Warren Hutcherson is writing for "Saturday Night Live" and will be featured in an upcoming HBO Young Comedians special.
WE MADE IT a point to drop by the Daily Grill in Hollywood, which is managed by former Mount Washington Tavern-Harryman House owner Billy Shriver.
AROUND THIS TOWN: The Paul Stewart Salon in Towson is sponsoring a cocktail bash to benefit United Cerebral Palsy Sunday afternoon at the Governor's Club hosted by Tim Windsor and Paul Huether. Call 728-4269 if you'd like to attend.