HEY EVERYBODY: Will you be at "Sister Kathleen's Gala" tomorrow night? There are still a few tickets left for the dazzling show at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall which will honor Sister Kathleen and benefit the College of Notre Dame endowment fund. Originally, Dinah Shore was the star attraction, but she had to back out because of knee surgery. Gala chair Margaret McManus managed to land Donald O'Connor, the legendary Hollywood song and dance man, and Barbara Cook, the Broadway star about whom critic Rex Reed once said, "If I ever get to heaven, I expect the angels to sound like Barbara Cook."
Jim McKay, ABC sports commentator, will introduce the stars. Sister Kathleen, president of the college, will be in the Meyerhoff lobby to greet all guests for an hour before the curtain goes up at 7:30. If you'd like to attend, call the Meyerhoff ticket office at 783-8000 for $50 and $100 tickets.
FINALLY OFFICIAL: The Kennedy Institute officially announced its name change to Kennedy Krieger, thus honoring Zanvyl Krieger for his $5 million donation. Attending the elegant "do" at the Evergreen House were Krieger, of course; Mrs. Francis Burch; Jerry and Sally Casey, she's the chair of this year's Festival of Trees; Dr. Gary Goldstein and his wife, Dr. Arlene Forastiere; Grant Hathaway; Howard Miller; Henry Rosenberg and Michael Sullivan.
HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: That chemistry is the favorite subject at Channel 11 these days. Insiders told me that management hired an expert (a.k.a. an organizational psychologist) to study the lack of chemistry between the evening news team of Rod Daniels and Pat Minarcin. However, WBAL-TV news director Tom Hauff says the expert talked to about half of employees, all of whom work in stress-related jobs, not just his news team. He's hoping that when all is said and done, he'll have a better idea on how his whole team fits together.
Just heard that Roberta Flack has agreed to a Baltimore concert at the Meyerhoff on Feb. 29 to benefit the Advocates for Children and Youth, Maryland Friends of Foster, and Court Appointed Special Advocates. You can reserve $100, $50 or $25 tickets by calling 547-9200.
Dr. Winnie King, best known as WMAR-TV's health reporter, has teamed with her husband, Dr. Robert Knight, to open the Plumtree Family Health Center in Bel Air. Dr. King's expertise is emergency medicine. Dr. Knight is a family practitioner. Sounds like a good combination.
Congratulations to Channel 11's Liz O'Neill, who is expecting a baby next spring.
WEEKEND GLIMPSE: Baltimoreans have every right to be proud of Cal Ripken Jr. It's not every day a baseball player is named the America League's most valuable player one week and (most likely) the winner of the very prestigious Gold Glove Award the next week. However, Ripken is proving that he's pretty valuable to Baltimore off the field.
Last year, he and his wife, Kelly, established the Ripken Learning Center, a literacy program facility. Tomorrow and Sunday, Kelly and Cal will host the Cal Ripken Jr. Winterfest for Literacy '91 fund-raiser at Festival Hall. Joining the Ripkens will be former Oriole Eddie Murray, Kirby Puckett from the Minnesota Twins and O's Hall of Famer Jim Palmer. Plus an array of Cal's teammates will also be there.
Winterfest will include a silent auction featuring such neat things as a Kevin Costner autographed Cal Ripken Jr. bat, plus a memorabilia show. Sounds like a bargain for only $3 a person.
Another important fund-raiser began today at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Selected works of the late Baltimore artist, Glenn Walker, will be exhibited and sold through Sunday and the proceeds will benefit scholarship funds of the Downtown Baltimore Children's Centers and the Lila Childress Amsel Children's Foundation. Walker painted acrylics and watercolors in a style that ranged from realistic to abstract.