Arts organizations get $61,784 from state unit
The Maryland Humanities Council has awarded $61,784 in grants to two dozen state organizations for public humanities programs.
The largest grant of $8,743, including $1,200 in matching funds, went to the Dance Department of Goucher College for a lecture/performance series that will examine the cultural, economic and social significance of music and dance in the state from the 17th through the early 20th century. The series is scheduled to be held next spring and fall at four historic locations.
Other large grants went to Hood College, $8,100 for a catalog TC and panel discussions to accompany an exhibition of the work of three American Indian artists to be held next spring; $7,379 to Salisbury State University for a one-day workshop for public school teachers in January to look at the life and times of Christopher Columbus; and $5,600 to the Glen Echo Park Foundation for an exhibit to commemorate the centennial of the Montgomery County amusement park.
The MHC is an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, from which it derives 77 percent of its annual $734,000 operating budget; the remainder of its funds comes from corporations, foundations and the state Department of Housing and Community Development.
Local film to premiere
"On the Block," Baltimore filmmaker Steve Yeager's look at change coming to the city's most infamous stretch of concrete, will have its world premiere Dec. 10 at the Senator Theatre.
The festivities start at 6:15 p.m. with the de rigueur dedication of the commemorative sidewalk block outside the theater, to be followed by a screening of the movie at 6:45 and a "block party" on the 12th Floor of the Belvedere Hotel from 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Among those expected to attend are actor Howard Rollins and stripper emeritus Blaze Starr.
Tickets to the premiere, for which the dress is "creative black tie," are $35 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Maryland Food Committee. They are available at the Senator Theatre at 435-9892 or through Steve Yeager Films at 467-0073.
Alvin Ailey troupe due
The Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble, the junior troupe of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, has been added to the 1991 series of the Kinetics Dance Theatre.
The Ailey troupe, under the direction of Sylvia Waters, will appear in a residency April 27-28 as the final event in a series at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City. A benefit performance and dinner reception will be held April 27, for which tickets are $50. A separate program will be held April 28, for which tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for students and seniors. In addition, the troupe will present a master class for children and one for adults over the weekend.
For information, call 461-9907.
Arts censorship debate
If you haven't heard enough about censorship and the arts in the last 18 months, then you might want to head over to Towson State University's Fine Arts Center tomorrow night to hear TSU's nationally ranked debate team argue the issue.
The examination of the fall national debate topic -- "Resolved, that government censorship of public artistic expression is an undesirable infringement on individual rights" -- begins at 8 p.m. in the Mainstage Theatre and is free and open to the public. For information, call 830-2230.
Program by Burkhardt
Photographer and filmmaker Rudy Burkhardt, a Swiss immigrant noted for his pictures of New York City street life and architecture and his short films, will give a lecture/slide/film presentation Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Maryland Institute, College of Art's Mount Royal Station Auditorium. For information, call 225-2300.
The following auditions are coming up:
*The Poe House is seeking a woman 25 or under to play a corpse in the January production of "Berenice." Call Jeff Jerome at 396-7932 to arrange an appointment.
*The Pasadena Theatre Company in Millersville is holding auditions Dec. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. in Baldwin Hall, Route 178 and Millersville Road, for its February production of "Run for Your Wife." Two women's and six men's roles are open, as are numerous production positions. Call 437-1965.