Guests polish the silver for School for the Arts' 25th

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April 21, 2005|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Talk about your bright and shiny shindig! The Baltimore School for the Arts celebrated its 25th birthday last weekend at its annual "Expressions" gala, this year held at the Hippodrome. To honor the school's silver anniversary, the invitation encouraged the 2,200 guests to "express yourself in silver."

Event co-chair Sally Michel glimmered in a silver tunic. Fellow co-chair Molly Shattuck glittered in a silver beaded top, satin skirt and rhinestone sandals. That was just for starters.

Halima Aquinot sparkled in a silver beaded corset. Suzan Garabedian and Carole Sibel each shined in silver from head to toe -- Suzan in silver shift, silver stockings and silver heels, Carole in a silver crocheted tunic over silver capri pants. Deborah Stone Hess displayed her twinkle toes in glamorous bejeweled silver strappy sandals. Dr. Patricia Schmoke wore an eye-catching white and silver patterned jacket with white slacks and silver pumps. Leslie Polakoff dazzled in a white T-shirt embellished with a silver sequined bird. Susan Carey sported a silver sequined racing stripe down the middle of her white pant suit. Julia Keelty and Marla Oros each shimmered in silvery sweaters.

Even the menfolk got into the act. Silver ties abounded. Among the most notable was the aluminum foil bow tie adorning Fred Lazarus. Wife Jonna explained it was wrapped around a wooden version made some 15 years ago by their son in shop class.

"The best thing was when a bartender looked at it tonight and asked if there was chocolate under the foil," Jonna said.

Meanwhile, Paul Bloom looked as if he'd just stepped out of a fashion show in his Giorgio Armani Runway silver suit.

"Bill Struever even spray-painted his shoes silver," said fellow guest Nancy Haragen. For a few, the evening's theme just came naturally.

"We don't even have to dress in silver," Richie Pearlstone commented to Ruth Shaw, noting they each already flaunted silvery locks.

Tribute to Chuck Thompson

Sounds like last week's "Raise the Roof for Chuck Thompson" not only raised some $60,000 for a new roof for St. Leo's Church in Little Italy, it raised some spirits as well. About 1,300 people attended the Martin's West tribute dinner. Banquet coordinator Jay Harris said it was a great tribute to the late Orioles broadcaster, with folks like Brooks Robinson, Tom Matte, Bert Jones, Vince Bagli and Artie Donovan all talking of their own memories of Chuck. Jay says Chuck's widow, Betty Thompson, gave the final speech of the evening. He says she ended it with tears in her eyes, telling the crowd, "I can never say it the way Chuck said it, but ain't the beer cold!"

`Wine Arts Tasting'

The countdown to Artscape has begun, with the recent kickoff event, "Wine Arts Tasting" at the Cloisters. Folks sampled varietals as a jazz band serenaded them. Some friendly faces spotted in the crowd -- co-chairs Frank McNeil, Catherine Pugh and Mark Kochevar, Jay Brodie, Jamie Snead, Mary Dempsey, Bill Gilmore, Tracy Baskerville, Beverly and Carl Quinones, Rhea Feikin, Lyn Frankel, Maris St. Cyr, Mary Sue McCarthy, Jody Albright, John Yuhanick and Claire Copsey.

Wednesday Wine Walk

Speaking of wine tasting, several eating places along Charles Street have started a Wednesday night Wine Walk. Stroll along the main drag and stop in at the Brass Elephant, Brewer's Art, Copra, Ixia, Red Maple, Sascha's or Sotto Sopra between 5 and 10 any Wednesday night for a $5 glass of wine.

From surf to turf

A big change is coming at Greenspring Station. City Crab and Seafood Company is about to morph into a steakhouse. Come next Monday, City Crab closes its doors for redecoration, with plans to open next Thursday as Mick & Tony's. Tune in next week for the lowdown.

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