Towson State to show works by Puerto Rican artistAntonio...

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December 09, 1990|By Stephen Wigler

Towson State to show works by Puerto Rican artist

Antonio Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico in 1956 and began painting when he was 10. When he was 21 he joined the National Guard and spent nine years in the military, first making landscape relief maps based on aerial photographs, later teaching jungle combat techniques at the U.S. Army School of the Americas in Panama.

In the mid-1980s he left the military for a career in art. He moved to Maryland and is now in the Master of Fine Arts program at Towson State University. Those who want to see how a soldier turned painter incorporates in his work Latin American mythology and influences from Gabriel Garcia Marquez to Diego Rivera to Thomas Hart Benton, can visit Mr. Rodriguez's MFA thesis exhibit at Towson's Holtzman Gallery from Wednesday through Dec. 21.

Few things are as fascinating as an orchestral rehearsal. One becomes aware of musical problems and how they are solved, and sometimes the playing has a fire and spontaneity that is ironed out by the time of the performance.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is opening its rehearsal to interested music lovers at 9 a.m. Thursday in Meyerhoff Hall. The program, which will be conducted by the distinguished guest conductor, James De Preist, includes Nielsen's Symphony No. 5 and Schumann's Piano Concerto, in which the soloist will be pianist Nelson Freire. The $5 ticket price includes refreshments. Tickets must be ordered by Tuesday and can be reserved by calling 783-8050.

"On The Block," filmmaker Steve Yeager's account of changing times on Baltimore's notorious strip street, will have its world premiere tomorrow at the Senator Theatre.

The event will begin at 6:15 p.m. with a dedication of a sidewalk slab outside the theater. The film will be screened at 6:45 and a "block party" will be held 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, who has a featured role in the film, and Blaze Starr, who also appears briefly.

Tickets to the premiere are $35 per person, and are available through the Senator Theater (435-9892) or through Steve Yeager dTC Films (467-0073). Proceeds will benefit the Maryland Food Committee. Dress at the affair is described as "creative black tie."

Stephen Hunter

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