SuperPops star Belafonte finds fans for a song

SYLVIA BADGER

April 16, 1993|By SYLVIA BADGER

The legendary singer Harry Belafonte is the star attraction at this week's SuperPops Series at the Meyerhoff. (All four concerts are sold out, which doesn't surprise anyone who ever heard him sing "Day-O.")

The 66-year-old Belafonte, still very handsome, arrived Wednesday in time to attend a reception at Spike & Charlie's Restaurant and Wine Bar for 50 of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's most generous supporters.

He graciously autographed old albums and posed for pictures for all who asked. Some of his fans at the party were Paul and Donna Amico, Rheda Becker and Eric Denker, Winnie and Neal Borden, Betty Lee and Dudley Digges, Bud Meyerhoff, Sally and Butch Michel, Shelly and Michael Camp, and A. J. and Howard Rymland.

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The lure of the political world prompted Sandra Cuneo, executivdirector of the Maryland Preakness Celebration Committee, to resign this week. She accepted a job as Washington counsel to the governor of New York, heading the state's D.C.-based federal relations office.

"This new opportunity reflects my innate political orientation and personal goals," she said.

Henry Rosenberg, chairman of the Maryland Preakness Celebration Board and CEO of Crown Petroleum, is leading the search for her replacement, which they hope to choose before May 7.

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The Learning Bank would like you to put together a bowling team for the annual "Bowling for Scholars" on April 25 at Towson Fair Lanes. The event's co-chair, Carol Kleiner, is thrilled that Douglas Becker, owner of Sylvan Learning Center, agreed to sponsor the event.

Honorary chairs are Sen. Barbara Mikulski, state School Superintendent Nancy Grasmick and state Sen. Barbara Hoffman, who will roll out the first ball. Ticket prices start at $35, and you're welcome whether you bowl strikes or gutter balls. Call (410) 659-5452.

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The 8x10 club, 10 E. Cross St., has an exciting lineup this weekend. Tonight, the Federal Hill nightspot is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a benefit for the Child Abuse Center of Maryland. Admission is $5, and there will be music by the Shameless Mooks and the Boneheads.

And if you're a Maria "Midnight at the Oasis" Muldaur fan, she'll be singing at the 8x10 tomorrow night.

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Doug Roberts has a lot more on his plate than the food he and WBAL-AM radio news anchor Dave Durian sample for their weekly "Beltway Gourmet" segments. You can also catch his act on WBAL-TV reviewing theatrical productions.

But there's much more. Roberts is also a professional actor, who is busy rehearsing his role as the father of the bride in "Prelude to a Kiss," which can be seen at the Merrick Barn Theatre at Hopkins University, weekends April 23 through May 23. As soon as that show closes, he begins work directing "Love Letters," which opens June 25 at the Towson State University theater.

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"Cosby at the Meyerhoff" is certain to be one of the hottest shows of the summer. Bill Cosby will be in town June 19 for a benefit performance for the Save-A-Heart Foundation. Also onstage that evening will be several Baltimoreans.

WJZ-TV co-anchor Denise Koch has been selected to receive the Jerry Turner Memorial Award for Outstanding Broadcasting. This award means a lot to Koch, who said, "I can't think of a greater honor. Jerry was one of the finest local anchormen in broadcast history. He was my friend, my colleague, and even more importantly, he was my mentor. I'd like to feel that if he knew he'd be a little proud."

Also, philanthropist James Rouse will receive the group's 1993 Humanitarian Award, and WJZ's Al Sanders will emcee the ceremony, which begins at 8 p.m.

For ticket info, call Save-A-Heart at (410) 653-3131 or the Meyerhoff at (410) 783-8000.

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