Alvin Mayes, a member of the dance faculty of the University of Maryland, College Park, has been named artistic director of the Kinetics Dance Theatre. He succeeds Dorothy Fried, artistic director of the company since its founding in 1984, who will assume the position of executive director on July 4.
Ms. Fried will begin her new position the day after the company's Wednesday 7 p.m. performance at Wilde Lake High School as part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts. The performance will include Ms. Fried's dance-theater piece "State of My Art," described as a satirical reflection of her experiences in forming a non-profit organization. She cited frustrations with running the company as well as personal considerations in announcing in April that she would step down as artistic director.
Mr. Mayes is an original member of the company and company choreographer. Kinetics will make its first appearance under his artistic direction on Sept. 15 at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
In addition, the Kinetics dance school will be expanded to include two locations: the current Ellicott City studio in the Howard County Center for the Arts, and a new Columbia branch at 9200 Old Annapolis Road. The school will offer three divisions -- professional, recreational and preschool -- using both locations. For more information, call 461-9907.
Monet show tickets
Tickets to the Baltimore Museum of Art's much anticipated fall show "Claude Monet: Impressionist Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" are available at a special box office at the BMA. The box office will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Monday.
Ticket prices are $6.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and students and $2 for BMA members. Children under 12 are free, but must have a reserved ticket.
Tickets to the show, which opens in October, have been available since February at Ticketron outlets or by calling Ticketron at (800) 448-9009. Tickets purchased through the ticket agency carry a $2 surcharge.
It's a BAE-BAP at the BAUhouse.
That's a Baltimore Artists' Exhibit-Baltimore Artists' Party at the BAU(Baltimore Arts United)house.
The event, billed as a celebration of Baltimore's visual arts community and cultural heritage, begins July 13 at 9 p.m. (continuing until 1 a.m.) at the gallery, 1713 N. Charles St. Tickets are $7, with a $2 discount for those who come dressed as one of the city's historical symbols or diverse personalities. There will be a light buffet, music and a cash bar and prizes awarded for the best costumes.
The event will serve as the opening reception for a juried exhibit ++ of works by 33 Baltimore city and Baltimore county artists. The exhibit runs through Aug. 9.
For more information, call 659-5520.
The Walters Art Gallery will offer three one-week summer workshops for children ages 6-9 beginning next week.
The first workshop, dubbed "Doodling da Vinci," runs July 8-12 zTC and includes sketching and drawing. The second, "Crazy Clay!", runs July 15-19 and encourages sculpting and molding. The last, "Pissarro's Proteges," is a continuation of the first but may also be taken separately.
Workshops are held from 10 a.m. to noon each day. The cost of the drawing workshops are $70, $60 for Walters members. The cost of the clay workshop is $45; $35 for members.
For more information, call 547-9000, Ext. 237.