Baltimore's winter party season will resume in earnest later this month, with galas benefiting the visual arts and the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center.
Among the highlights are:
Jan. 21 / / "10th Anniversary Grand Gala: Everything's Coming Up Roses." Benefits American Visionary Art Museum. Host Rosie O'Donnell, grand honoree Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner buffet, surprise entertainment. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. 6 p.m. Tickets $500, $1,000 including 5 p.m. VIP reception and museum tour with O'Donnell. Call 410-244-1900.
FOR THE RECORD - A 2003 file photograph of Jodi Lebow and Sharron Bank that appeared in the Jan. 8 Modern Life section gave the wrong name for the event they were attending. They were guests at the Alzheimer's Association's Memory Ball.
The Sun regrets the error.
Jan. 28 / / "Heartfest 2006." Benefits the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Preventive Cardiology Center. Wine, cash bar, heart-healthy food stations from more than 25 restaurants and caterers, live music, dancing, celebrity guest of honor John Astin. Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $100. Call 410-560-2230.
Jan. 28 / / "An Evening of Breaking Bread with Friends." Benefits Our Daily Bread. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner prepared by chefs Michael Gettier, Nancy Longo and Gino Troia. Our Daily Bread, 411 Cathedral St. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $200. Call 410-261-6766.
Feb. 4 / / "20th Annual Gift of Life Gala." Benefits National Kidney Foundation of Maryland. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, live music, dancing. Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor, 300 Light St. 7 p.m. Tickets $225. Call 410-494-8545.
Feb. 9 / / "15th Annual Chocolate Affair." Benefits Health Care for the Homeless. Wine, beer, cash bar, chocolate specialty food stations from local restaurants and caterers, live steel drum band, local celebrity judges. M&T Bank Stadium, North Club Level Lounge. 6 p.m. Tickets $60 in advance, $70 at door. Call 410-837-5533, ext. 336.
Feb. 9 / / "Aspire: A Tribute to Life's Coaches." Benefits Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. Open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, honorees -- including American League MVP Alex Rodriguez and Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry -- salute their life coaches. Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. 6 p.m. Tickets $150. Call 410-823-0808.
Feb. 18 / / "Baltimore Heart Ball -- Hearts In Motion." Benefits American Heart Association. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, live music, dancing. Renaissance Inner Harbor Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St. 6 p.m. Tickets $300. Call 410-637-4527.
Feb. 23 / / Hunt Valley Antiques Show Preview Party. Benefits Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner buffet, live music, preview antiques show. Talk to dealers, meet guest lecturer Vladimir Kagan. Holiday Inn Select, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium. 6 p.m. Tickets $100. Call 410-366-1980, ext. 245.
Feb. 25 / / "2006 Winter Carnivale -- Viva Espana!" Benefits National Alliance on Mental Illness -- Metropolitan Baltimore. Wine, beer, hors d'oeuvres, Spanish cuisine dinner buffet, flamenco dance performance, mask exhibit, live music, dancing. Jim Rouse Visionary Center, American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $100. Call 410-435-2600.
Turning design into a production
A DRINK WITH VINCE PERANIO
Vince Peranio, 60, may be the most prolific production designer in Baltimore. The Baltimore native started out with filmmaker John Waters, and has worked on every one of Waters' movies for the past 30 years, as well as several others that were filmed in the area. He was the production designer for all seven seasons of the NBC-TV series Homicide: Life on the Street, and now is working on the fourth season of the HBO series, The Wire.
We met with Peranio at Pierpoint Restaurant in Fells Point. When he worked on Homicide, Peranio said, "Pierpoint was our secret little place," after a hard day at work. "This is where we temporarily forgot the hideous day and gave ourselves headaches for the next."
You've been a production designer on movies, commercials and TV shows. Which do you like best?
They're all so different. Doing episodic TV for me is more reacting to events rather than creating. Just because of the time factor. You go by your first instinct. In film, I have the luxury of researching, testing and compensating if things go wrong. Whereas in episodic [television], I just do it. Even though it's hectic and much faster-paced, I kind of think that's what I like more because I'm a procrastinator and I need a deadline. Because, if I had a choice, I'd do anything but what I'm supposed to do. So I feel like I'm being paid to react to whatever crisis comes before me. It is a crisis industry. I feel very privileged to be in this position because I have an incredible crew helping me.
What constitutes a crisis?