Blues musical at Arena
Arena Players is planning a week of activities in connection with Friday's opening of the musical "Blues in the Night," which launches the company's 39th season.
The events begin today at 4 p.m. with a special service at the Arena Playhouse, 801 McCulloh St., to honor the theater's deceased volunteers. A free open-mike night will be held tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. for performers of all kinds; the events will be hosted by WXYV-FM (V-103) morning drive personality Randy Dennis and jazz singer Ruby Glover.
On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Al Freeman Jr., who received an Emmy for his portrayal of Ed Hall on the daytime soap opera "One Life to Live," will give a free lecture on acting for film and television. Mr. Freeman has been cast in the upcoming Spike Lee film on Malcolm X.
On Wednesday night at 7:30, the theater will sponsor a free panel discussion on how to audition for parts. The Friday opening of "Blues in the Night," a musical featuring more than two dozen blues songs about women's relationships with men, will be preceded by an hourlong reception beginning at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $15.
Events conclude Saturday at noon with a free presentation of selections from black musicals. For more information, call 728-6500.
Alvin Mayes reception
A reception in honor of Alvin Mayes, the new artistic director of the Kinetics Dance Company, will be held next Sunday following the company's 3 p.m. performance at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Mr. Mayes, a member of the dance faculty at the University of Maryland College Park, took over as the company's artistic director in July, succeeding Dorothy Fried, who founded Kinetics in 1984.
Mr. Mayes will present "Imperial Gardens," described as a quartet with an Asian flavor; "Aurora Borealis," featuring music by John Adams; and "Winter Sleep," a duet. The program will also feature two works by Ms. Fried: "State of My Art," a satirical reflection of her experiences running a non-profit organization -- which premiered at this year's Columbia Festival of the Arts -- and "Harry and Me."
Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for museum members. For more information, call 461-9907.
Groups of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra musicians will perform on the first level of the Gallery at Harborplace at 2 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 28 as part of a joint promotion between the orchestra and the Inner Harbor mall.
During September, anyone who spends $50 or more at a store or restaurant in Harborplace or the Gallery will receive a coupon that can be redeemed for a free ticket to a BSO concert with the purchase of a ticket of equal value.
Also, there will be weekly drawings in September for two BSO concert tickets and a grand prize drawing that includes 10 tickets to Johnny Mathis' Oct. 4 BSO Pops concert along with a $500 shopping spree at Harborplace and the Gallery. For more information, call 332-4191.
Hispanic religious art
The Walters Art Gallery is holding a symposium on Hispanic religious art Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in connection with its exhibit "Images of Mercy, Images of Penance: Southwestern Santos of the Late Nineteenth Century." The symposium is $20, $15 for Walters members and seniors, free to students. For more information, call 547-9000, Ext. 237.
The following auditions are coming up:
*The Arundel Vocal Arts Society Wednesday, Sept. 18 and 25 at 7 p.m. in Anne Arundel Community College's Careers Lecture Hall. Call (301) 647-7079 or (301) 757-4398
*The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, for strings, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. Wind and percussion auditions will be held Sept. 24, time and place to be determined. Call 887-2259.
*Vagabond Players, for the musical "Nine," Sept. 14 at 2 p.m. at the theater, 806 South Broadway. Needed are man in his 40s, 12 women 18-60, four boys 10-14. Call 563-9135.