BMA to offer a course on African art
A three-session course on African art begins Thursday at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
The course, "African Ways," is being held in conjunction with "Gold of Africa: Jewelry and Ornaments from Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Senegal," an exhibit of 200 objects dating back to the 17th century now open at the BMA.
The course, which continues Oct. 3 and 10, examines the traditions of African art, its materials and techniques and its role within the continent's culture. Instructors are Roslyn Walker, curator at Washington's National Museum of African Art, and BMA staffers Schroeder Cherry and Betsy Cumming.
The course meets from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and tuition is $25; $20 for BMA members. For more information, call 396-6300.
Forget Holyfield-Tyson. For opera fans, the real heavyweight championship is tomorrow night.
That's when grand opera makes its pay-per-view television debut with the live telecast of the "25th Anniversary Gala at The Met" featuring Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. The telecast begins at 8 p.m. and is expected to last four hours. It is being carried by Viewer's Choice and Request TV at a cost of $34.95.
The gala, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the company's first season at Lincoln Center, will feature excerpts from three well-known operas: Act III of Verdi's "Rigoletto," with Mr. Pavarotti as the Duke of Mantua; Act III of Verdi's "Otello," with Mr. Domingo as the Moor; and Act II of Strauss' "Die Fledermaus."
"Since our first radio broadcasts in the early 1930s, the Metropolitan Opera has continually strived to bring opera to the widest possible audience," Joseph Volpe, the Met's general director, said in a statement. "We welcome this exciting new opportunity."
For more information, check with your local cable company.
Grand Opera Ball
In operatic news closer to home, the Baltimore Opera is holding its 24th Grand Opera Ball Nov. 9 at Stouffer's Harborplace Hotel. The black-tie fund-raiser, the theme of which is "A Night in Venice," begins at 7 p.m. with cocktails followed by dinner and dancing at 8 p.m. Tickets are $225 per person. For more information, call 727-0592.
Applications from Maryland choreographers are being sought for a free six-day workshop to be held at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in January.
The workshop, being sponsored by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture, will be conducted by noted Los Angeles choreographer Bella Lewitsky, who will select 15 participants. The deadline for application is Nov. 11. For more information, call 396-4575.
Visual arts fellowships
Also being sought are applicants for 20 visual arts fellowships of $5,000 each from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. The fellowships are open to residents of the region and the deadline for applications is Dec. 6 for painting and Jan. 10 for works on paper.
For more information, call 539-6656.
The following auditions are coming up:
*The Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St., for "Three Men on a Horse," Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. Call 666-9200 or 592-7195.
*The Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., for "A Christmas Carol," Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Call 276-7837.
*Baltimore County Youth Ballet, Sudbrook Arts Center, 4300 Bedford Road, for "The Nutcracker," Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. Call
887-1244 or 653-2917.