Party takes wing with MICA students

SCENE & HEARD

Scene & Heard

November 06, 2005|By SLOANE BROWN | SLOANE BROWN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When you walk into the main building of the Maryland Institute College of Art and the first person you see is dressed as the MilaMilla Jovovich character in 1998's The Fifth Element - scantily clad in strategically placed bandages, you know you're in for a unique evening. But what else would you expect at a party given by MICA students? It's a night when art students use themselves as their canvases.

Wings were big. You had the occasional bumblebee and woodland fairy float by. But the largest wings - with a height and span of at least 6 feet - were those elaborately constructed of bamboo and chartreuse nylon and attached to "luna moth" Monnica Hansen.

Silver-spray-painted "robots" boogied on the dance floor next to some "Harlem Globetrotters." "Peter Pan" stood in one corner, while the "Lost Boys" roamed the hall. And then there was the gang of a dozen or so from 2004's The Life Aquatic, led by "Jane," also known as Kim Ruppert.

Also rolling in was James Wu, pushing a 4-foot-wide fabrication of chicken wire and junk, while wearing what looked like a 2-foot, lime-green oval on his head. As Wu patiently explained to a curious onlooker, a non-student, that he was Katamari Damacy, it was obvious the name meant nothing to her. It took another older non-student to clarify. "If you're our age and you have to ask what the name means, it's a video game."

SOCIAL EVENTS

Thursday

MERCANTILE TENNIS CHALLENGE RECEPTION/AUCTION

Benefits Baltimore

Tennis Patrons

Open bar, hors d'oeuvres

The Camden Club

Oriole Park at Camden Yards

6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $75

Call: 410-296-2929, ext. 21

FRIDAY

NOCHE DE NINOS

Benefits Hands Across the Americas

Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, live salsa music, dancing

Grand Lodge

302 International Circle, Hunt Valley

7 p.m.

Tickets: $175

Call: 410-561-8054

ARTWEEK 2005 RECEPTION

Benefits Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Open bar, hors d'oeuvres

Sheppard Pratt Conference Center

6501 N. Charles St.

6 p.m.

Tickets: $100

Call: 410-523-7070

To list an event in the Social Calendar, please e-mail sloane@sloanebrown.com, or fax to 410-675-3451 at least three weeks ahead. Include a name and number.

A Drink With: Sarah Parker

A wide-ranging and unquenchable taste for Baltimore

Sarah Parker, 30, is a reporter for WMAR-TV. Her "Sarah and The City" stories feature unique people, places and events around Baltimore. We met her at Regi's.

How did "Sarah and The City" come to be?

Yeah. Baltimore has this unfortunate reputation of standing for a lot of negative things. But the people here are so accessible. There are so many stories to be told. So many positives. For instance, Men's Health [magazine] did a story last year about how Baltimore was one of the unsexiest cities in the country. So, naturally, I had to do a segment on how Baltimore is so sexy. The nightlife, the firefighters, the sexy football team that we have. All our sexy athletes, for that matter.

So what's really struck a chord with you here?

I love the fact that I come to my neighborhood here in Federal Hill, walk down the street and know at least three people who say `Hi.' I can talk to my friend sitting out on her front stoop. I can pop in to see my favorite sushi chef, walk through the Cross Street Market and know immediately where to go for my favorite turkey sandwich. I like that people don't say, "Oh, you're that reporter for Channel 2." But, "You're the one who was in the Mary Sue factory stuffing a chocolate egg in her mouth!"

When friends visit, where do you take them?

Nevin's Cross Street Station. It's karaoke, Baltimore style. I make them sing karaoke and then I make them listen to my startling rendition of Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking." I've sung it so much that the bartender just knows. I walk in there, she puts on the song for me.

Parker's Drink at Regi's

Slightly Dirty Grey Goose Vodka Martini

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