Talk about a party getting a bit out of hand. That Hollywood-meets-Washington-street-people party Sunday will not be serving the usual soup-kitchen fare, even though it will be held at hunger activist Mitch Snyder's embattled shelter. No less than the purple trucks of Ridgewell's will be there with tuxedoed waiters, candelabras and tablecloths. The Vista International Hotel is donating two decorated sheet cakes and hors d'oeuvres for the soiree.
Snyder is hosting a party for Martin Sheen and Cicely Tyson, who will be in town for next week's filming of the movie about Snyder and his Community for Creative Non-Violence. The party will be at his not exactly lace-curtain shelter at Second and D streets NW and his 750 homeless residents are invited. Jeff Ellis, president of Ridgewell's, whose purple trucks are usually seen in more prestigious neighborhoods, said they will be serving clam chowder, sandwiches, rolls with a variety of fillings, fresh vegetables, pastries and macaroons. There will be enough soup for 1,000 and enough of the other foods for 500. Hot apple cider will be the beverage.
Snyder's party will undoubtedly turn into a media event with reporters who have never been near a shelter for the homeless or a heating vent finding themselves in unfamiliar territory. Don Johnson for Pepsi
Pepsi-Cola, doing well in the cola wars, has just signed "Miami Vice" actor Don Johnson and former Eagle Glenn Frey to do a commercial in the continuing television advertising series "Pepsi: The Choice of a New Generation." Johnson and Frey will be taping the commercial this weekend in Miami. It will be directed by Ridley Scott, who directed the movies "Alien" and "Blade Runner," and is expected to be quite futuristic. For the third year in a row, the Pepsi commercial will debut during the Grammy Awards telecast Feb. 25.
The Pepsi company, which promises it is not going to come out with a new-tasting Pepsi, has also signed "Back to the Future" star Michael J. Fox and former "Saturday Night Live" star Billy Crystal for "New Generation" commercials. The commercials in this series started in 1984 with Michael Jackson and last year featured Lionel Richie. A Pepsi spokesman said the ads have been responsible for Pepsi's growing market share, which was helped in 1985 by Coke's decision to develop an unwanted new taste. End Notes
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