Sharks and reef fish back in the swim after Splash

October 30, 1994|By SYLVIA BADGER

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is $62,000 richer, thanks to the efforts of Splash '94 chair Bob Beaver and a committee that included Jim Fox, Christine Ireland, Lee Ann Sugerman, David Millman, Carrie LeBow, and Peter and Beth Rosenwald. That money will be used to return large sharks and Atlantic coral reef fish to restored exhibits.

Many of the 600 guests at Splash '94 donned Caribbean finery and ambled through the aquarium to tables filled with an array of Baltimore's best eats and drinks. Among those seen at the party were Diana and Richard Clarke -- he's the owner of the event's sponsor, Marcor Environmental; Jeff Amling, chairman of the Aquarium Advocates, who was there with his Alex. Brown friends, David DiPietro and Brett Clifford; Jim Flick, the aquarium's new chairman of the board, with his wife, Wealtha; Frank Gunther, former chairman of the board, with his wife, Mary Ellen; Channel 13's Sally Thorner and her husband, Brian Rosenfeld; and the aquarium's senior director of marketing, Kathy Sher, and her husband, Joel.

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There are big plans by the Baltimore Film Forum and the Senator Theatre for a tribute to actor Ned Beatty, who has been called "the busiest actor in Hollywood." He will be honored at a gala Nov. 13. He is living in Baltimore with his family while filming "Homicide" episodes.

His friends and colleagues have been invited to the celebration, which begins with a 7 p.m. champagne reception, followed by the unveiling of a commemorative sidewalk block in front of the theater.

Richard Belzer, fellow "Homicide" cast member, will be emcee for the program, which will include film highlights from Beatty performances and the introduction of other glitterati. Guests will also be treated to a viewing of the film "Hear My Song," for which Beatty received a Golden Globe nomination.

This is a benefit evening for the Film Forum, and $35 tickets are now available at the Senator, 5904 York Road, from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Cash or check only.

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According to Chip Silverman and Bob Litwin, "The Block" is a book because it's not a movie. The research they did was supposed to be fodder for a Barry Levinson movie, but it sat on the back burner too long, and in 1989, Ron Shelton released "Blaze" while Levinson was making "Avalon."

Silverman worked for the state of Maryland for 25 years before leaving to become director of the chemical dependency department of Green Spring Health Services. Litwin has worked for the federal government for 30 years. I remember when they used to write clever top-10 lists, which appeared in Baltimore magazine and the News American long before Dave Letterman thought of a top-10 anything.

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Where's the beef? was the cry heard at St. Paul's School's annual Blue and Gold Bull Roast last weekend! My friends, beef-eaters all, told me the party began at 5:30 p.m., and by 7:15 the beef was gone. Sure, there were plenty of oysters, sausage and ham, but pit beef was what they wanted.

In fairness, they admit, last year's bull roast for alums was not well attended, so maybe that fooled party planners. The good news is that more beef arrived soon after dessert was served at 8 p.m.

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