BALTIMORE WELCOMED David Mamet's "Homicide" back to town Thursday night at a gala premiere at the Senator Theatre. Though most of the premovie hoopla was missing, since neither the stars nor director were on hand, an enthusiastic crowd of film fans turned out for the screening -- a benefit for the Theatre Project.
"Homicide's" associate producer Scott Ferguson welcomed all and read telegrams from Joe Mantegna (who had several family members in attendance) and Mamet, who urged all to "have some crabs at Obrycki's."
WMAR-TV's Stan Stovall flew his mom, Doris, in from Phoenix, Ariz., for his brief but memorable movie debut as a bodyguard. "Despite getting sucker punched," the tuxedo-clad Stovall laughed, "I had great fun."
Casting agent Martha Royal filled many of the bit parts with local actors -- many of whom were on hand. "It was one of the most rewarding jobs I've had," Royal said.
Props man John Mills, who's working on "A Few Good Men" with Demi Moore and Tom Cruise in D.C., pointed out local actors in the audience. Baltimore County S.W.A.T. members George "Butch" Rogers and Steve Anderson sported their fake "Homicide" badges, mementos of the movie in which they appeared and acted as consultants.
Other notables in the audience included filmmaker John Waters and his assistant, Pat Moran; Darryl Wharton, an up-and-coming filmmaker; filmmaker Steve Yeager; actor Jim Potter; state tree planter Wally Orlinsky; the Maryland Film Commission's Jack Gerbes; and developer Alan Shecter.
WITH HALLOWEEN just around the corner, we thought we'd fil you in on a couple of Halloween fund-raising bashes.
On Saturday, the Pumpkin Theatre is staging its second fund-raiser at the Cloister's Children's Museum. Dress for Le Masque Macabre is black tie or costume, and tickets are $100. Call 323-9402. . . . The Old Line Crab and Pheasant Club is holding its ninth annual Halloween Party at the Sports Palace at Pimlico Race Track Saturday to benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Center. Almost 1,000 partygoers are expected at "The UnBridled Ball." Tickets are $4O and can be bought at the door.
FIELD OF DREAMS: Baseball fans might want to mark thei calendars for Nov. 23 and 24 when Kelly and Cal Ripken will play host to the "Cal Ripken Jr. Winterfest for Literacy '91" at Festival Hall.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Ripken Learning Center, which opened two summers ago. Joining Cal and Kelly will be former Oriole Eddie Murray, now with the
Los Angeles Dodgers, and Kirby Puckett of the Minnesota Twins, who have agreed to donate their time by signing autographs both days.
The Winterfest will also include a silent auction, featuring such items as a Kevin Costner-autographed baseball bat, a Dan Marino football and a Nolan Ryan-autographed baseball.
QUICK STUFF: Salon owner Gloria Brennan is in need o sponsors for her third annual "Bid to Breathe Auction," which she chairs to benefit the American Lung Association.
WMAR-TV's Mary Beth Marsden will emcee the event, which will be held Nov. 22 at the Pikesville Hilton. Call 560-2120 for info. . . . WLIF-FM's Sloane Brown and Lucia Briggs are co-hosting (or shall we say co-roasting) a "Bullroast and Pigout" Oct. 27 to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Call 561-8090.
NAME DROPPING: BSO violinist Ellen Orner's recent debut a Carnegie Hall garnered a glowing New York Times review "despite all odds." Seems rock star John Mellencamp was performing next door. . . . Chestertown's Mayor Elmer Horsey is playing host to the Chestertown Wildlife Exhibition and Sale next weekend in downtown Chestertown to benefit -- what else? -- wildlife.
MORE QUICK STUFF: Hugh Sisson, owner of Sisson' Restaurant on Cross Street, will moderate a "beer-tasting seminar" tomorrow night at his place. Participants will learn about various styles of German beer with an emphasis on Oktoberfest beers. . . . The Restaurant Association of Maryland is honoring Nick Motto as Allied Member of the Year at its annual awards banquet in December. Nick is regional sales manager of the Ellis Coffee Co. . . . Kudos to Club Martinique's owner Dion Dorizas. He's marrying Maryann Scheffenacker Bennett Nov. 3.
AROUND TOWN: Pat Deering and John Erickson are playin host to a black-tie cocktail reception to benefit the Charlestown Benevolent Fund Wednesday at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville. Last year's event attracted more than 100 guests and raised $22,115. Call 247-3400, Ext. 526, if you'd like to attend.