At MAP gala, guests dined on tasty art

SCENE & HEARD

Scene & Heard

November 13, 2005|By SLOANE BROWN

A PARTY IS ALL ABOUT PEOPLE, BUT THE Maryland Art Place annual auction and gala was also all about art. Even the eats were aesthetic. At cocktail hour, guests were offered Thai chicken skewers on trays decorated with pipe cleaners and pompoms, and vegetable lo mein in teeny Chinese carry-out boxes. At dinner, guests used paintbrushes to swipe condiments on mini hot dogs and burgers, served off artist palettes.

MAP board chair Suzi Cordish dazzled in a colorful Marc Jacobs confection.Naturally.And artist Joyce Scott, as always,was a walking work of art. Brian Comes sported an Etro multi-color striped tie with his Etro multi-color striped shirt under a brown velvet sports jacket, while Brian Lawrence paired a striped tie with an oval-patterned shirt under his gray Armani suit. Jeffrey Kent cut quite a figure in his ruffled pink tuxedo shirt,black crepe jacket and jeans,alongside handlebar mustachioed Herman Williams III in custom- made black leather pants and boots, black

SOCIAL EVENTS

Monday

CELEBRATE CHEFS OF BALTIMORE

Benefits March of Dimes

Wine, beer, food stations from 25+ local chefs, live music

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront

700 Aliceanna St.

6 p.m.

Tickets $125

410-752-7990

THURSDAY

SIP & SWING

Benefits WYPR 88.1 FM

Wine tasting with Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, swing dancing

Mansion House at The Maryland Zoo

7:30 p.m.

Tickets $60 members, $75 non-members

410-735-1618

A BREATH OF INSPIRATION

Benefits House of Ruth

Wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, samplings of tarot, psychic and astrology readings, hand massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, acupuncture

814 & 810 W. 36th St.

7 p.m.

Tickets $50

410-889-0840/410-235-7323

FRIDAY

CABARET 2005

Benefits Concert Artists of Baltimore

Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, cash cognac & cigar bar, performances by CAB artists, live music, dancing

Engineers' Club

11 W. Mt. Vernon Place

7 p.m.

Tickets $150

410-625-3525

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.

JONATHAN MURRAY, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, LEGG MASON "YOU SEE PEOPLE HERE YOU DON'T SEE ELSEWHERE. IT'S NOT THE TYPICAL BLUE-BLAZERAND- KHAKIS COUNTRY CLUB DEAL!"

A Drink With: Joe Haskins

A 24/7 man who needs to get out of the country to relax

Joe Haskins, 57, is chairman, president and CEO of Harbor Bank.We met him at Timothy Dean Bistro.

You're a banker. Do you keep banker's hours?

No, not at all.For a community-based financial services company, I have to be a 24/7 person.I can get a phone call at 8 or 9 at night from a client. Small business people, in particular.They work long hours.They're not working on a time schedule, but on a basis of need.

Do you have leisure time?

Not really.I'm not a leisure kind of person. ... I need to come up with a formula. One way is to have more travel plans. During vacation times, I've found I need to go away. If I stay at home, I won't disengage. If I go far enough away where it's difficult for people to reach me,then I can relax.

So, what's far enough away?

We try to get out of the country. It's great ... learning about different cultures.

What are your favorite places so far?

I love the south of France ...very relaxing.The place where I've had the most emotional reaction - I was inspired and humbled - was South Africa. And probably the most enlightening place was Prague ... the history there.

You seem to really know wines. Do you consider yourself an enophile?

I've tasted enough to get comfortable with them. ... What I've found is that I like wines from Sonoma Valley over Napa [Valley]. I [also] like wines from Chile.

How did you get into wine?

At the recommendation of several chefs, I found that having a glass of wine with meals enhanced the meal itself. Then I had a visit with my physician,who said there's a medicinal value. So, how can I not drink it? (Smiles)

And your wine of choice ... reds?

Cabernets and merlots. I probably do 60-40 in favor of cabernet.

Do you always speak in number terms?

(Laughs) Oh, you picked that up! I've been working on that. As I've gotten older, I've gotten better. Younger guys with economic and business degrees tend to speak more technically because they want to impress.But,at this stage in my life, I just want to be understood! (Laughs).

HASKINS' DRINK AT TIMOTHY DEAN BISTRO

GLASS OF JOSEPH PHELPS CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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