Annapolis readies itself for New Year's festivity
It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but plans are beginning to take shape for a non-profit New Year's Eve celebration in historic Annapolis that will highlight a wide range of performing arts.
Dubbed First Night Annapolis, the festivities are patterned after a similar event that was first staged in Boston in 1976 and has since spread to more than 50 cities across the country and in Canada.
First Night Annapolis will include music, dance and outdoor street theater at locations throughout the historic downtown, from the Paca House to the joint hearing room of the Legislative Services Building. A special program for children will begin at 4:30 p.m.; the remainder of the program will run from 6:30 p.m. until midnight, concluding with fireworks.
"It's an affordable family-oriented evening to celebrate the New Year and at the same time a way to showcase and support the arts," said co-executive director Elizabeth Welch. "All performers are being paid. They may not be paid top dollar, but they are being paid."
Among those regional artists who have already committed to appear, according to Ms. Welch, are the Boar's Head Consort, which blends medieval music and poetry; colonial musicians David and Ginger Hildebrand, and Whirligig, which specializes in Celtic music.
Corporate and civic sponsors for First Night Annapolis include First National Bank, Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. and MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers).
Admission to all events is available to wearers of a commemorative button, which costs $8 and is available at various locations throughout Annapolis or by mail through the Annapolis Jaycees, Suite 143, 1290 Bay Dale Drive, Arnold, Md. 21012. Checks should be made out to First Night Annapolis and should include an additional $1 for postage and handling.
For more information, call (301) 268-8553.
The deadline for applications for exhibitions for the School 33 Art Center's 1991-'92 gallery season is Dec. 22.
The South Baltimore art gallery, administered by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, is accepting slides of work completed between 1988 and 1990 (for sculptors, the dates are 1987 to 1990). Artists must live within a 75-mile radius of Baltimore city; only one application per artist will be considered. Those selected by an independent exhibition panel will be invited to participate in solo or group shows between September 1991 and July 1992.
For more information, call 396-4641.
jTC Also, the Margaret Smith Gallery in Ellicott City is looking for photographs focusing on the environment to be featured in an upcoming exhibit. Interested photographers should submit eight slides of their current work; the deadline is Dec. 15. For more information, call 461-0870.
Good news has come in threes for "Soundprint," the weekly half-hour radio documentary series produced at the studios of WJHU-FM, the public radio station at Johns Hopkins University.
"Soundprint" won two first places in the Armstrong Awards, created in 1964 to reward excellence in radio programs. The series won in the categories of news documentary for "Ten Years After the Revolution: the Nicaraguan Contras" and in community service for "Armed in America," an examination of the prevalence of firearms in the United States.
The series also has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Finally, it has announced an agreement to sell 31 of its programs to the British Broadcasting Corp. to air over the BBC's new Radio 5, a national radio network launched in August.
"Soundprint," which features the work of independent producers, distributed by American Public Radio to over 130 stations. It airs locally on WJHU (88.1) at 6 p.m. Saturdays.
Jazz Street show
Jazz Street Station, a non-profit performing arts group, will perform original material and familiar standards tonight at 7 at the BAUhouse, 1713 N. Charles St.
Tickets to the show are $5; for more information, call 659-5443.
The Baltimore School for the Arts will hold an open house for prospective students and parents beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 8.
The school, at 712 Cathedral St., is now in its 10th year. Students study art, music, dance or theater along with the standard high school curriculum. Many graduates have gone on to careers in a variety of artistic fields.
All interested students must be accompanied by an adult on the 8th and are asked to use the Madison Street entrance. For more information, call 396-1185.