Business, law in music to be subject of seminar
Maryland Lawyers for the Arts is sponsoring a daylong seminar Saturday on "Legal and Business Issues in the Music Industry" at the University of Baltimore Law Center, 1420 N. Charles St.
Scheduled speakers are local entertainment lawyers Jay Grubb and E. Scott Johnson; Michael Oberman, head of a Washington-based management company; Debbie Rose, senior membership representative of ASCAP; and Michael Connelly, general manager of a New York-based music publishing firm.
The seminar will include subjects ranging from copyright laws to recording contracts, according to Mr. Grubb, an MLA vice president.
"It goes along with MLA's basic tenet, which is to educate and help upcoming artists who are at a point in their careers when they can't afford legal help but they really need it," Mr. Grubb said.
The music industry in particular is rife with stories of artists who "in their younger days made terrible mistakes," such as signing away publishing rights to their songs or entering into disadvantageous management agreements, he noted.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the seminar runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $10. For more information, call, 752-1633.
Eastern European films
"The End of Old Times," a Czechoslovakian film by Academy Award-winning director Jiri Menzel, will inaugurate the Baltimore Film Forum's East European film festival Thursday at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
The film by Mr. Menzel, who directed the Oscar-winning "Closely Watched Trains," is a comedy about a man who poses as an aristocrat and fools a house full of pretentious guests gathered for a hunting party.
It will be followed by "Winter Ade" (translation: "Goodbye to Winter"), an East German documentary about the last days of the German Democratic Republic, on Jan. 17; Yugoslavia's "My Uncle's Legacy," a critique of the Communist revolution of the 1960s, on Jan. 24; Hungary's "The Hungarians," about four expatriate peasant families working in Germany in 1942, on Jan. 25; and Poland's "Interrogation," the story of a cabaret performer who becomes an innocent victim of a Kafkaesque abuse of power.
All the films in the series are in their original language with English subtitles and begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $5; $4 for BFF and BMA members, senior citizens and students.
For information, call 889-1993.
Arts grants deadline
The deadline for the 1991 City Arts Grants -- to be awarded to practicing professional artists over 18 who live in Baltimore City and city-based arts organizations with annual operating budgets of no more than $150,000 -- is Jan. 18.
Funding, in amounts of $500 and $1,000, is available for projects in painting, sculpture, music, theater and literature.
Among the grants will be the Barry Levinson Arts Award for film and video and the Taylor Branch and Anne Tyler grants for literature, each of which carries a $1,000 award.
For applications and information, call the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture at 396-4575.
School for the Arts
Also coming up: the Jan. 16 deadline for applications to the Baltimore School for the Arts.
The school -- a city high school offering a college prep academic program and training in music, dance, theater and the visual arts -- will hold auditions for applicants for the 9th and 10th grades Feb. 19-22.
Students attending Baltimore city schools can get information and applications from their counselors; others should call the School for the Arts at 396-1185.
The following auditions are coming up:
*Dundalk Community Theatre is holding auditions for "Crimes of the Heart" today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in room 409 of the college's Community Center Building. Needed for the March production of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play are two men from the mid-20s to mid-30s and four women between 24 and 30. Call 286-9667.
*The University of Maryland Chorus, whose spring season will culminate in a performance of Mahler's Eighth Symphony with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will hold auditions Jan. 25 and 26 in College Park. For more information or to schedule an audition, call (301) 405-5571.
*Catonsville Community College Theatre will hold auditions for "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off" Feb. 18 and 19 in the Fine and Performing Arts Center theater, 800 S. Rolling Road. For information, call 455-4590.