Art advocates to lobby Congress for money, freedom
Artists and arts leaders from around the country will gather in Washington March 20 for National Cultural Advocacy Day to lobby for increased federal support for the arts and to continue their dialogue about freedom of expression.
Participants will hear speeches by members of Congress and their aides in the morning, followed by afternoon meetings between the two groups.
A year ago, what organizers described as "the largest cultural contingent in recent history" massed in Washington in support of the embattled National Endowment for the Arts.
Baltimore audiences will be treated to a mini-Prokofiev festival during the next two weeks.
First, the Baltimore Film Forum will present Sergei Eisenstein's 1938 film "Alexander Nevsky," which features a score by the famed Russian composer, tonight at 7:30 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The screening will be preceded by a discussion of the score beginning at 7 p.m.
Then, on March 21-23, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, under the direction of conductor-in-residence Christopher Seaman, will perform works by Prokofiev.
Tickets to "Alexander Nevsky" are $5; $4 for BSO subscribers, BFF and BMA members, seniors and students. For information, call 889-1993. Tickets to the BSO concerts range from $11 to $37. For information, call 783-8000.
Maureen McGovern due
Pop-jazz singer Maureen McGovern will highlight the third annual benefit concert sponsored by the Chesapeake AIDS Foundation. The concert, at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall April 11, will also include performances by the Morgan State University Choir and violinist Ramsey Husser. Tickets range from $15 to $100; call 783-8000.
Alexander Isley talk
Alexander Isley, designer-in-residence at the Maryland Institute, College of Art and winner of more than 80 graphic arts awards, will speak about his work in a free lecture tomorrow night at 8 at the Mount Royal Station Auditorium, Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street.
Mr. Isley, the first full-time art director of satirical monthly magazine Spy and owner of a New York design firm whose clients range from Random House to Pepsico, will be in residence at the institute through the end of the week. For information, call 225-2300.
The following auditions are coming up:
* The University of Maryland Baltimore County Theater Department, for incoming and transfer students seeking scholarships, Saturday at 11 a.m. at the UMBC Theatre. Call 455-2179.
* The Ashling Theatre Center, for several productions, Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the Waverly Presbyterian Church, Old York Road and East 34th Street. Call 783-8248.
* Pumpkin Theatre, for the May production of "Sunshine for the Queen," March 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m., Roland Park Elementary School, 5207 Roland Ave. Call 235-6620 or 323-9402.