Ben Vereen, Rita Rudner scheduled to perform in 'Lifesongs 0) '91' AIDS benefit
Tony Award-winning entertainer Ben Vereen will highlight "Lifesongs 1991," a benefit concert Sept. 28 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to support the Health Education Resource Organization.
Organizers are hoping to raise more than $200,000 from the fourth annual event to benefit HERO's AIDS education and service programs, according to spokeswoman Cami Colarossi. Last year's event netted $158,000 for HERO, she said.
Besides Mr. Vereen, who won a Tony for his role in "Pippin," the "Lifesongs" lineup will include comedienne Rita Rudner and the troupe of "Forbidden Broadway," a comedy revue which lampoons some of Broadway's best-known shows and stars.
Tickets to the event range from $25 to $100. For more information, call 296-2414. Theatre Hopkins will inaugurate a three-week series of short story readings Sept. 1 with works by Ernest Hemingway and Isak Dinesen followed on Sept. 8 by works by Edgar Allen Poe and Sherlock Holmes adventures by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The series concludes Sept. 15 with readings of works by Isaac Bashevis Singer and Eudora Welty.
All readings will begin at 2:15 p.m. in the Merrick Barn of Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus. There is no admission charge but reservations are suggested.
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First Night Annapolis
First Night Annapolis, which held its inaugural arts festival last year, is seeking applications from interested performers and technicians for its second annual New Year's Eve celebration.
Performers for the event, which last year attracted some 10,000 people to arts and entertainment activities held throughout Annapolis, are sought from a variety of disciplines, including dancers, musicians, storytellers and mimes.
The deadline for applications is Aug. 30. For more information, call (301) 268-8553.
The following musical auditions are coming up:
*The Handel Choir of Baltimore, by appointment. Call 366-6544.
*The Community Chorus at Essex Community College, by appointment. Call 522-1421.
*The University of Maryland Chorus, Aug. 22-24, by appointment. Call (301) 405-5571.
*The Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra, Saturdays, Aug. 31, Sept. 7 and Sept. 14, at Catonsville Community College, by appointment. Call 442-5645.
*The Columbia Orchestra, next Sunday and Aug. 26, by appointment. Call 490-5554.
*The Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra, in residence at Essex Community College, by appointment Sept. 5 and 6 between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Call 522-1421.
Also, the following theatrical auditions are coming up:
*The Heritage Players, for Agatha Christie's "The Hollow," next Sunday and Aug. 26 at 7 p.m., at Ames United Methodist Church, 9 Walker Ave., Pikesville. Call 484-3515.
*The Avalon Theater Company of Catonsville, for "Hedda Gabler," next Sunday and Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Catonsville Community Career Center, 106 Bloomsbury Ave. Call 242-6416.
*Pumpkin Theatre, for "Beauty and the Beast," Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Roland Park Elementary School, 5207 Roland Ave. Call 323-9402.