Parade to mark May 5 opening of Hackerman House
It's 14 days and counting until what promises to be the local cultural event of the year, and maybe the decade: the May 5 opening of the Walters Art Gallery's Hackerman House Museum of Asian Art.
Activities centering on the opening will begin at noon with a parade, highlighted by a 75-foot silk dragon, which will step off at the Convention Center on Pratt Street and proceed north on Charles Street to a reviewing stand at Centre Street.
Ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremonies for the Hackerman House -- which will be the permanent home of about 1,000 pieces from the Walters' collection of Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Southeast Asian art -- are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Mayor Kurt Schmoke, Gov. William Donald Schaefer and emissaries from several Asian countries are among the expected attendees.
Hackerman House will be open to the public for the first time from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (A gala for members will be held the evening of May 4). Museum admission is free the day of the opening, but tickets, granting admittance at 1/2 -hour intervals, are required. They may be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis at a tent at the base of the Washington Monument beginning at 10 a.m. May 5.
For more information, call 547-9000.
The black church
An exhibit tracing the history of the black church will open Saturday at the Baltimore City Life Museums' Courtyard Exhibition Center, 800 E. Lombard St.
"Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Rise of Black Churches in Eastern American Cities, 1740-1877" will feature historical objects and rare photos from more than 20 local churches, as well as panels from the Smithsonian Institution.
A number of programs will be held in conjunction with the exhibit, which runs through Aug. 11. On four Saturdays -- May 11, June 1, June 15 and June 29 -- programs will be held explaining the contributions of various denominations to the growth of the black church in Baltimore. On July 14 at 3:30 p.m., the museum will sponsor a free outdoor concert at Brewers' Park at East Lombard and President streets showcasing black church music.
Admission to the BCLM is $1.75 for adults. For information, call 396-3523.
Hair today, gone tomorrow: Exhibitions and installations by area artists on the theme of hair will be on view at Maryland Art Place, 218 W. Saratoga St., from Saturday through May 11. Among the installations will be a "History of Hair Museum" by Pat Hornburg and Trena Novell and a "Hair Hierarchy" sculptural montage by Carol Schuford.
But it's too late to be hair or be square: Tickets to the first annual "Hair Ball" Saturday night, to be hosted by John Waters, whose films include the acclaimed "Hairspray," are sold out.
Gallery hours are Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 962-8565.
The following auditions are coming up:
*The Annapolis Dinner Theatre, 339 Revell Highway (U.S. 50), for "Rocky Horror Show," tonight and tomorrow night from 7 to 9. Call (301) 757-9450 or (301) 974-0058.
*The Phoenix Festival Theater, for "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "The Odd Couple (Female Version)," today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and tomorrow night from 6 to 9 in the Chesapeake Theatre of Harford Community College. Call (301) 836-4217 or 879-8920, ext. 217.