Seeing film 'Casino Royale' was good for the heart

SCENE & HEARD

Scene&heard

November 26, 2006|By SLOANE BROWN

If you needed to get in the mood for the latest James Bond movie, you needed to go no farther than Pimlico Race Course for a benefit for Johns Hopkins' Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases. The clubhouse was all decked out in Casino Royale fashion, for a pre-screening party for the movie itself.

What's a Bond movie without Bond girls? Good thing, there were two of them right inside the door -- gold-covered, gun-toting, bikini-clad models doing classic poses (like the kind you often see in the opening credits) in full "living statue" mode.

"They're incredible," marveled media consultant Rhonda Overby to her husband, Harbor Bank CEO Joe Haskins, and friend, attorney Laura Faibish.

Sure, there were tables piled with all sorts of edible goodies. But, if you're 007-ing it, you've got to have a martini in hand. So, you -- and folks like J.R. and Emily Paterakis, Marty and Sharon Bass, Richard Alter, Carole and Bean Sibel, Diane and Larry Macklin and Gloria Cinquegrani -- head over to the bar. That would be a bar carved from ice, with "Casino Royale" emblazoned upon it.

And then you stood in line for your shot at the gun -- a 3-foot-long ice luge in the shape of a huge Beretta. As you held your martini glass under the trigger, the bartender poured your drink down the gun's barrel, to give you that perfectly chilled beverage.

"Isn't that great?" asked Rosemore Inc. chairman Henry Rosenberg.

"That is adorable," cooed his wife, Dot.

"These parties get more outrageous every Bond film," said Dr. Bill Baumgartner, Johns Hopkins Hospital cardiac surgeon in chief, who was honored at the event with Dr. Vincent Gott, co-director of The Dana and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The center was created in 1996 by Broccoli, the man behind the James Bond films, after he was treated for an aneurysm at Hopkins in 1994. The Bond films since then have each had a local premiere with these parties as fundraisers for the center.

And then there were the men behind the parties: bakery and real estate magnate John Paterakis and lumber mogul Lou Grasmick.

"Mr. Grasmick stacks 'em deep, but he doesn't sell 'em cheap," automobile dealer Scott Donahoo noted to catering bigwig Marty Resnick about Grasmick's ability to bring in a good crowd and raise money for his chosen charities.

"This is the 56th benefit [I've organized]," Grasmick said as he surveyed the crowded room. "I love doing this."

A DRINK WITH DR. DEAN KANE

Business is his pleasure

Dr. Dean Kane, 52, is one of Baltimore's busiest plastic surgeons. Chances are you've seen his work without knowing it. Even here on this page. He works with his wife, Lauri, who runs his practice, the Center for Cosmetic Surgery & Anti-Aging Medicine. They have two children: Erica, 22, and Alex, 20. Kane and his wife live and work in Pikesville.

When you meet someone and that person finds out who you are and what you do, what is the most common question you get?

Probably the two most common questions are "OK, what do I need?" and something along the order of "Can you do this?" (He puts his hands on the sides of his face and pulls up.) Neither of which I answer, of course.

Do you ever get tired of business intruding on pleasure?

Absolutely not. My life is cosmetic surgery.

So, how does it stay that fascinating?

My mind works 24 / 7. And I've matured to a point so that I really know myself and I know that I'm really highly creative. I'm technically skilled and artistic. ... So, I'm always conceiving new ways to do old procedures and putting them to the best use for the patient. ... I don't accept dogma about plastic surgery. And I have a "can do" attitude.

Does that "can do" attitude carry over into other aspects of your life?

Yes. I'm always busy. I don't watch television, so it gives me a lot of extra time. Lauri and I love to travel. We've just come back from a trip taking my son on a semester abroad to Denmark. It wasn't unusual for us to be up at 8 in the morning [there], and not back until midnight or 1. We were walking through towns, hiking on mountain trails. [Doing] museum tours. Our second love is Colorado. The summers there are just incredibly beautiful.

What other outside interests do you have?

I do artwork. It's very large -- on the scale of 4 to 8 feet. It's whimsical plaster relief. I like lots of bold colors. I learned it on my own from watching my father paint on a canvas with acrylics. I was watching guys putting Sheetrock up and I realized they were just working with canvas and plaster. So, Sheetrock became my canvas, and plaster and acrylic my medium.

Do you ever just chill?

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