Get tickets to Waters' premiere, gala

Eats: Dining Reviews, Hot stuff

September 02, 2004|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Get your speed dial ready. Because starting at 9 tomorrow morning, you'll have a chance to nab tickets to the U.S. premiere of A Dirty Shame, Baltimore filmmaker John Waters' latest flick.

The gala event is set for Sept. 14. The fun begins at 8 p.m., with the screening of the movie at the Senator Theatre - spotlights, sidewalk unveiling and all. Then folks will troop over to the Walters Art Museum for a big party. The stargazing should be good. Not only will John be there, but so will most of the big names in the movie. Like Johnny Knoxville, Selma Blair, Chris Isaak, Suzanne Shepherd, Patricia Hearst and James Ransone. Not to mention the legions of local thespians.

The whole shebang is a fund-raiser for AIDS Action Baltimore. Tickets are $100, and there are only a limited number available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For those with delicate sensibilities, you may want to know A Dirty Shame is about a group of sex addicts along Harford Road. And it's rated NC-17. But then, if you have a particularly modest temperament, you probably aren't one of those rushing out to see his films anyway. He hasn't earned the "King of Shock" title for nothing.

If that warning has only whetted your appetite to be there for the big night, remember the tickets don't go on sale until tomorrow. So, if you're ready to program the phone number ... ready, set, 410-837-2440!

Don't fear this Turtle

Everything's coming up green on Baltimore's restaurant scene. Two of the newest area restaurants include that color in their names - though with different spellings.

The Greene Turtle No. 6 has recently opened in Towson. This Maryland-based tavern company has two Turtles in Ocean City, one in Fells Point, and others in Laurel and Edgewater.

General manager Jerry Mazurowski describes the Towson Turtle as having a "restaurant/tavern/sports grill" atmosphere. You've got your good ol' American tavern menu - burgers, coupla steaks, crab cakes, steamed shrimp - with entrees generally running between $8.95 and $18.95. This Greene Turtle also has four 42-inch plasma TVs and 26 others scattered throughout the place. So you won't miss a minute of your favorite game on the ESPN Game Plan. (Jerry said avid sports fans know exactly what that viewing schedule includes.)

The dining room - all nonsmoking - seats about 110. The bar offers additional seats for 50 or so - either at the bar or at high-top tables.

You'll find the Towson Greene Turtle, 410-825-3980, at 408 York Road. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. - with the kitchen open until 12:30 a.m. - seven days a week.

Tapas on Cross Street

Meanwhile, down in Federal Hill, the hip professional crowd will find the Green Olive newly opened at 26 E. Cross St. Adam Deaibes, one of the owners, says the atmosphere has been favorably compared to a sleek, trendy SoHo NYC haunt. A cool contemporary city feel. The menu is Spanish, offering tapas and full entrees. Adam says executive chef David Sherman lived and worked in Spain to fully get the feel of that country's cuisine.

Tapas include items like spicy shrimp in white wine, garlic and chili oil ($9) and wood-roasted Spanish peppers stuffed with jumbo lump crabmeat and pimento sauce ($12). You'll find entree choices like grilled lamb chops with harissa, toasted pine nut gremolate and wilted greens ($23), goat cheese and herb ravioli with wild mushrooms, chive oil and parmigiano-reggiano ($18) and grilled yellowfin tuna, green olive and sun-dried tomato relish, feta cheese, pine nuts and basil ($25).

The Green Olive, 410-539-7911, seats about 60 people in its dining room and also has a bar with about a dozen barstools. It's open for dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. And its martini bar stays open until 2 a.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

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