Two noted screenwriter-directors -- American Preston Sturges and Briton Michael Powell -- will be the subject of retrospective tributes by the Baltimore Film Forum beginning this week.
On Tuesday, Sturges' "Sullivan's Travels," a 1941 satire about a successful Hollywood director of comedy films who sets out to make a serious film, will be screened. The movie stars Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake and William Demarest. On Wednesday, Mr. Powell's acclaimed 1940 fantasy "The Thief of Baghdad," which won Oscars for its photography and special effects, will be shown.
Other Sturges films scheduled are "The Lady Eve" (Nov. 12), "The Palm Beach Story" (Nov. 19), "Hail the Conquering Hero" (Nov. 26) and "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" and "Unfaithfully Yours" (Dec. 17).
Mr. Powell will also be represented by "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" (Nov. 13), "I Know Where I'm Going" (Nov. 20), "Stairway to Heaven" (Nov. 27), "The Red Shoes" (Dec. 11) and "Peeping Tom" (Dec. 18).
All screenings will be held in the Baltimore Museum of Art's Meyerhoff Auditorium at 8 p.m., except for the Nov. 17 double feature, which starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $5; $4 for BFF and BMA members, seniors and students. For more information, call 889-1993.
Ars Viva concert series
Goucher College's Ars Viva concert series, which explores the new music of different countries, begins tomorrow night at 8 in Merrick Hall with a program of "Contemporary Music From Italy."
The program will include works by Mauro Bortolotti, Raffaele Cecconi, Ivan Fedele, Georgio Ferrari, Riccardo Malipiero and Luigi Nono. The works will be performed by pianists Lisa Weiss and Julian Martin, violinist Ramsey Husser, oboist Sara Watkins and the Ars Viva Ensemble under the direction of guest conductor Michele Trenti, who is from Genoa.
I= The concert is free. For more information, call 337-6116.
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, which has received a good deal of attention for its world premiere of Paul McCartney's "Liverpool Oratorio" earlier this year, will make its first appearance in Baltimore Feb. 18 in Meyerhoff Hall.
The orchestra, conducted by its music director, Libor Pesek, will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and the Suk Asrael Symphony. Garrick Ohlsson will be the soloist.
Tickets, ranging in price from $10 to $25, will go on sale to subscribers in mid-November and to the general public in January. For more information, call 783-8100.
Chamber music awards
The deadline for applications for the fourth annual Baltimore Chamber Music Awards is Nov. 22.
As many as three winning ensembles will receive a $2,000 honorarium, presentation in a special concert at the Baltimore Museum of Art and a contract to perform at Artscape '92. Those eligible must reside in Maryland and have performed together professionally for at least a year. Semifinal and final rounds will be held Jan. 26 at the Peabody Conservatory's Friedberg Concert Hall.
For more information, call the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture at 396-4575.
Opera without sets
In the first of many cost-cutting moves to cope with a 7 percent reduction in state support of its annual operating budgets, the Peabody Conservatory will use no sets in the Peabody Opera Theatre's production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" this month.
Scrapping the sets will result in a saving of about $15,000. The overall cut in state support amounts to $888,000; Peabody's current annual operating budget is $13.5 million.
Peabody director Robert O. Pierce said he felt "our opera patrons will fully understand the necessity of the cuts" but added that the school will offer refunds to ticket purchasers who request them.
The "Marriage of Figaro" will be performed Nov. 21-23 at 8:15 p.m. and Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. in the Miriam Friedberg Concert Hall, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place. Tickets are $16, $8 for seniors and
students. For more information, call 659-8124.
A poetry jam
"Of a Mind," billed as a poetry jam that mixes fables, foibles and music, will be held at the BAUhouse, 1713 N. Charles St., Thursday at 8 p.m. Featured will be poets Tim Almaguer, Richard Lane and Steven Rossman, along with artists Sam I am, Bruce Woody and John Hayes. Admission is $4. For more information, call 659-5520.
*The Jewish Community Center's Jewish Repertory Theater, for stand-up comics for its new comedy club, by appointment. Call 542-4900, Ext. 272.
*The Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway, Nov. 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. Call 563-9135.
*St. Ursula Theatre, 8801 Harford Road, Parkville, for "42nd Street," Nov. 16 from noon to 4:30 p.m. Call 931-4691.