King orders proteins for performing



Last Sunday, when legendary guitar man B.B. King was in town for a show at the Lyric, he ordered some take-out from The Prime Rib. General manager Dave Derewicz tells me King himself didn't place the order - or pick it up. "But you could hear him in the background, giving directions." That order? Wild salmon with extra-extra lemon and extra-extra tartar sauce, and a prime rib end cut, medium. Apparently, it takes a lot of protein to belt out the blues.

What's the 2009 method to gathering goodies for a stellar silent auction? Just ask Allie Strovel, silent auction chair for this year's "Steppin' Out," the annual shindig for TurnAround Inc. "Facebook ... I put it out there: 'I'm in desperate need of auction items.' And boom, boom, boom, boom. My friends really came through for me." No kidding. The auction tables set out at this year's party - "Steppin' Out to Celebrate Sports" at M&T Bank Stadium - looked like they easily could have hit the 50-yard line.

Two nights later, same place, different do. Paul's Place held its "A Touchdown for Pigtown Gala" there. Several hundred folks were serenaded by the Paul's Place Children's Drumming Circle, as they were greeted by event chairs Katherine and Charlie O'Donovan and executive director William McLennan. The evening's MVP? University of Maryland, Baltimore president Dr. David Ramsay was the honoree.

American Visionary Art Museum

The scene inside the American Visionary Art Museum was indeed visionary. Shimmery body-painted bikini-clad sylphs gyrated in glowing hula hoops. Strange creatures in illuminated headdresses swayed on stilts under lighted suns and stars dangling from the ceiling.

Welcome to "After Glow," the post-dinner part of the "Glow Ball" gala, where folks were encouraged to show up in anything shiny, shimmery or lighted.

"I'm Tinker Bell tonight," said Vicki Vaughn, real estate development consultant, twirling in her rope-lighted tutu and bopping folks on the head with her wand.

"It's just the best, the best. It can't be emulated. I don't know how it happens every year, but it happens," said Chris Byrne, AVAM board chair, watching the party.

The evening's honoree, the folk-rock singer Donovan was unable to make it, but a fellow '60s icon, Lovin' Spoonful lead singer John Sebastian, had happily filled in.

"I couldn't help but think how much Donovan would've really liked this party. Because it's just like the '60s and the early '70s when everybody was really celebrating," said Chris Murray, Donovan's art agent and director of the D.C. Govinda Gallery. "It's just like 1969 again."

As if to confirm that point, another guest of honor - eternal hippie Hunter "Patch" Adams in brilliant tie-dyed scrubs - was rocking out on the dance floor.

"It's nice for an old rocker like me to have them intersperse rock 'n' roll every so often with the modern music, which I have a little bit of a dance problem with. So, it's really nice that we have all ages here and all dance possibilities in the course of a night," he said as one song ended. "Rock out," he whooped, as the next song began.

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