Around Town


January 27, 2002|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

Quite a week of celebrity shoulder-rubbing for Baltimoreans.

First, there was the cast party for The Graduate. Stars Kathleen Turner, Jason Biggs and Alicia Silverstone all turned out for the after-show shindig at the Havana Club. Kathleen -- Mrs. Robinson in the play -- warmly chatted with old friends like Donald Hicken, head of the theater department at the Baltimore School for the Arts, and WBAL-TV anchor Donna Hamilton, and made a few new friends like Stan Brown. The hubby of PR whiz Edie Brown says Kathleen greeted him with a husky "Dahling, I'm stah-ving!" No wonder. If you had to go fully clothes-less on stage, would YOU eat before a performance? Good thing the party featured a late-night dinner buffet.

The Graduate finished up its pre-Broadway run at the Mechanic last weekend.

Meanwhile, Maryland Film Office folks Jack Gerbes and Catherine Batavick are back on home turf after hobnobbing with the Hollywood set at Utah's Sundance Film Festival. The office played host to stars like Parker Posey, Kyra Sedgwick and Sharon Lawrence at the "Variety Ten Directors to Watch" ballyhoo that it was co-host for in Park City. Jack and Catherine also chanced across John Malkovich, Christina Ricci, Jill Hennessey and Philip Seymour Hoffman during the weeklong fest.

One of the most memorable moments for Catherine came after the screening of One Hour Photo (which almost filmed here in Maryland) when star Robin Williams took the stage.

While Catherine says the "psychotic-obsessed photo developer" Robin plays in the movie is more creepy than comic, it was the classic funnyman who did a 20-minute live riff for the audience after the lights went up.

"It was the Robin Williams Show for about 20 minutes," she says.

At one point, Catherine says, Robin started haranguing a woman who was leaving. Apparently, it wasn't her departure that bothered him, but what she was wearing: a fluffy, white Mongolian-lamb coat.

"Look out, the llama's leaving," Catherine says Robin yelled. When the woman tried to justify wearing the fur by calling it "road kill," his response was "Oh, was it hit by an ox?" apparently referring to the lack of cars in Mongolia.

The lesson learned here? If you're ever planning to run into Robin Williams, leave the fur at home.

Social Calendar

Feb. 1: "Harbor Daze -- 'Our Country' Style." Benefits Harbor Hospital. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, pit beef and Tex-Mex buffet, desserts, live music, country music star Steve Holy, country line dancing. La Fontaine Bleu, 7514 S. Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie. 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets $40 in advance, $50 at door. Call 410-350-3639.

Feb. 1: "An Evening with the Renowned Ruby Glover." Benefits the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville Campus. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, buffet dinner, performance, dancing. Overhills Mansion, 916 S. Rolling Road, Catonsville. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets $100. Call 410-869-1146.

Feb. 2: Sixth annual "Winter Blues Ball." Benefits Volunteer Central. Beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts, live music, dancing. Peabody Library, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. 8 p.m.-midnight. Tickets $55 in advance, $65 at door. Call 410-366-6030.

Feb. 2: 16th annual "Mad Hatters Ball." Benefits Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter. Open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, "creative chapeau" contest, casino-style games, live music, dancing. L'Hirondelle Club, 7611 Club Road, Ruxton. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Tickets $125. Call 410-602-0160, Ext. 230.

If you'd like to have your social event considered for coverage on the Maryland Scene page, please fax the information at least three weeks in advance to 410-675-3451, or call 410-332-6520. Or mail it to Party Page at The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278.

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