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MARYLAND SCENE

February 03, 2002|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,Special to the Sun

Baltimore's own costume-gal-to-the-stars is off to Gay Paree -- by way of London. Catherine Incaprera is wrapping up her work as costume supervisor of the Civil War prequel to Gettysburg -- Gods and Generals -- which is finishing its shoot in Maryland. Then she'll be checking out fall fashion shows in London and doing more research for her next project as assistant costume designer for the next Merchant / Ivory pic. Catherine says it's an as-yet-untitled "contemporary light comedy" starring Meryl Streep and Natalie Portman that begins filming mid-March in Paris.

Catherine's been a busy lady these days. She also did a turn assisting the costume designer of Red Dragon, the prequel of Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. The Red Dragon project took place at a Greenspring Valley home the week before Christmas.

"They shot a lot of POVs [points of view from the perspective] of the serial killer, who's played by Ralph Fiennes, stalking a victim family," Catherine explains. She says the Dragon folks are expected back in Maryland for another three weeks of shooting sometime in the next three months. So keep your eyes peeled for some of its stars, like Fiennes, Anthony Hopkins, Harvey Keitel, our own Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Emily Watson and Mary Louise Parker.

Meanwhile, Cath's hubby, Joe, has hunkered down in B-more for the next few months as he works as second assistant director on a new HBO series, The Wire, set to start shooting any day now.

"It's gonna be [quite] a long distance bill," comments Catherine, "but [the good news is] he can come visit. It's a dream come true."

Speaking of potential celeb sightings, Baltimore could have quite a dazzler in view in the not-too-distant future. Rumors abound that parts of the movie version of Cold Mountain could be filmed in Maryland this summer. Its star? Tom Cruise.

Local couple Gail and Lenny Kaplan, Polo Grill owners, are headed out to the Land of the Beautiful People -- aka L.A. -- for quite the La La Land shindig. An old friend, Baltimore native and L.A. transplant David Sapperstein, is throwing what sounds like one heckuva bat mitzvah for his daughter, Alexis, at his new Holmby Hills manse.

"The invitation came Fed-Ex'ed," Gail says, "in a white box that looked like an ice cube. Inside was a glass snow globe, which displayed a blond woman dressed in a white gown at a white piano and a banner inside that said, 'Alexis' 13th.' "

The invite called for "winter white attire," so Gail and Lenny went to N.Y.C. last week to get just the right outfits.

The last Sapperstein party Gail and Lenny went to was three years ago, when David and his wife, Suzanne, celebrated the opening of their new house in Malibu. At that one, the Pointer Sisters performed and Lenny played craps with Anjelica Huston.

And this time?

"I expect the women to be dressed to the nines, with little bodies," Gail says, "and the men will look somewhere between The Sopranos and yuppies at a country club. I'm taking notes for Baltimore on this party."

Meanwhile, the travel destination was Charm City for a recent hoop-de-doo. Relatives came from California, New York, Maine and Ireland for a party last weekend at the Engineers Club. Some 130 folks gathered to celebrate the installation of Dr. James Flynn -- Seamus, to his friends -- as the Baltimore Medical Society's new pres. MBNA CEO Charles Cawley even helicoptered in from Delaware to toast his good friend.

Social Calendar

Feb. 8 and 10: "Pasta, Puccini and Verdi, Too -- Annual Dinner Concert." Benefits Annapolis Opera. Cash bar, dinner, dessert accompanied by opera concert. Sheraton Barcelo, 173 Jennifer Road, Annapolis. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets $55 nonmembers, $50 members. Call 410-267-8135.

Feb. 9: "Winter Social." Benefits Opera Vivente. Wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, performances by Opera Vivente artists. 14 W. Mount Vernon Place 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets $75 in advance and at door. Call 410-547-7997.

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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