For New Year's Eve, fun's in abundance

December 31, 1992

Tonight's Inner Harbor fireworks will be bigger and brighter than usual because the city has amassed an extra-large stockpile of shells. Since two of the four weekend fireworks shows planned for December were canceled due to inclement weather, Baltimore's Office of Promotion used its credit for unused shells to purchase a wider range of fireworks for New Year's Eve, according to director Bill Gilmore. The festivities, orchestrated by Zambelli Internationale, are to begin at 11:59 p.m.

Non-alcoholic parties at the Convention Center will be held from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., with performances by the Marvelettes, Mama Jama, a cappella harmonizing from Regency, comedian Bob Somerby and others.

Also at the Convention Center will be Kinderman John Taylor. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and includes free snacks and beverages. For information, call 837-4636.

The Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore, 20 W. Baltimore St., has a $125 per couple light-fare package featuring the Top 40 band Pure Gold or a $195 per couple dinner package with the jazz group Hit Parade. For information, call 539-8400.

The Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor, Pratt and Eutaw streets, has a $269 per couple package that includes an international feast in the ballroom, live music and a guest room, or a $19.95 per person deal at the hotel's 1950s-'60s club Bumpers. For information, call 962-0202.

There's an audience-interactive murder mystery spoof, "The Boardwalk Melody Hour Murders," as part of an evening of dinner and dancing at the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St., for $59.95 per person. For information, call (800) 598-0005.

Packages for $250, $379 and $499 per couple at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St., will get you a 1950s-theme evening of food and frolic with music by the Drifters and Tony Berry & the New Money Band. For information, call 547-1200.

Hammerjacks, 1101 S. Howard St., will feature the rock group Kix. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. For information, call 659-ROCK.

Sporatic Sun Jam and Juice will perform at The Bank, 401 W. Baltimore St. There's a $6 cover charge. For information, call 837-0502.

Jazz is on the agenda at the B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St., where the Black Professional Men of Maryland's party will start at 9 p.m. Jazzis will provided the music. Tickets are $25. For information, call 547-7032.

The Baja Beach Club, 55 Market Place, has two options: a 6 p.m. bash with open bar and buffet at $25 per person and a post-10 p.m. party that has a $10 charge. For information, call 727-0468.

Chris Bliss will help laugh it up at the Slapstix Comedy Club, 34 Market Place. The 8 p.m. show costs $8 per person; the 10:30 p.m. show costs $90 per couple and features food, drink and music. For information, call 659-SLAP.

And for a $3 cover charge, you can catch the Rattlecats at Fat Tuesday, 34 Market Place. For information, call 727-4822.

The Comedy Club in the Best Western Baltimore East, 5625 O'Donnell St., has $55, $90 and $185 per couple packages that all include a comedy show and dancing. The hotel also has a dinner theater murder mystery package at $180 per couple, or $80 per couple without the guest room. For information, call 633-3224.

In Essex, Legends, 409 Eastern Ave. has the band Up to No Good and is charging $10 per person. For information, call


The Belvedere, North Charles and Chase streets, will offer a $30 per person dinner package in the Owl Bar & Grille. For information, call 539-1355.

Spike and Charlie's, 1225 Cathedral St., will have a 10 p.m. jazz show with Karen Braithwaite Yarn, Whit Williams and the Kevin Hayes Quartet at $20 per person. For information, call 752-8144.

At the Towson Commons, there's a '20s-theme, black-tie-optional night of eating, drinking and dancing starting at 9 p.m. Music's by the band Don't Stop. The event benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tickets are $50 per person. For information, call 235-3800.

First Night Annapolis will have 175 performances of everything from Chinese opera to ice dancing, all transpiring in 45 venues. Child-oriented performances run from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., with other shows starting at 6:30 p.m. and running until midnight. Admission is $10. For information, call 787-2717.

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