Hopkins goes Hollywood

April 16, 1993|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Staff writer

Two sure signs that spring has arrived in Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Spring Fair and rain, frequently at the same time.

"There's a chance that we might get rained on again, of course," Brian Choi said earlier this week, contemplating the forecast for rain today. "But Saturday and Sunday are supposed to be nice."

The senior chemistry major at Hopkins co-chairs this year's mostly outdoors festival, opening at noon today for a three-day run.

Among the attractions are service and information booths set up by a variety of non-profit community organizations, arts and crafts, food vendors, carnival rides and an antique car show. Attendance usually tops 100,000 people.

The theme of the 22nd annual event is "Hollywood '93," and another feature is a Saturday night performance by The Village People ("YMCA," "In the Navy"), the campy disco group of the 1970s that seems to be making a comeback.

Area college students with valid IDs can also attend band performances tonight and tomorrow (from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.) in the Levering Hall Student Union. On the schedule tonight are Reformation, One Way Dog, Ubberwensch, Liquor Bike, Crackerbash and fIREHOSE; on Saturday, Midget, Reality Check, Stranger Than Fiction, Spot, Cloaca and Berserk.

Throughout the fair, Mr. Choi says, visitors should find their movie memories triggered by a 40-foot-tall King Kong towering atop Gilman Hall, huge mock palm trees, new street signs renaming campus thoroughfares after Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and others, and even a Make-Your-Own-Movie video booth.

"Oh, and we've got this really great Jabba the Hut" among a number of costumed impersonators, says Mr. Choi. (The character is a giant slug-like creature who holds Han Solo hostage in "Return of the Jedi," the third film of the "Star Wars" trilogy.)

Why Hollywood?

"To my shock and my horror all of them had been done," says sophomore civil engineering major Bruce King-Shey, the other co-chairman of the fair, referring to a variety of themes suggested and rejected.

"Then someone said, 'Why not the movies?' " he recalls.

Mr. Choi says the fact that actress Sharon Stone ("Basic Instinct") was once his baby sitter in Meadeville, Pa., was not the reason cinema city sprang to mind.

Spring Fair results entirely from the effort of some 300 undergraduate volunteers, and for the chairmen, "It's a full-time job," concedes Mr. Choi, who plans to graduate this spring.

"We're probably here at least 50 hours a week. I mean, I've had like nine Spring Fair dreams already," he says.

As for the possibility of rain, "I guess we'll kind of just go with it," says Mr. King-Shey.

Johns Hopkins Spring Fair

Where: Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St.

When: Today through Sunday. Daytime hours are noon to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Concert featuring The Village People at 8 p.m. tomorrow, in Shriver Hall. Student entertainment, requiring student ID, at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow in Levering Hall.

Admission: Free, except for tomorrow's concert, which is $12 at the door, and tonight and tomorrow night's band entertainment for students; admission is $4 at the door.

Call: (410) 516-7692 or (401) 516-7683.

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