The Margolis Brown Adaptors, a multi-media movement theater company, will perform at a benefit Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Baltimore theater Project to aid a newly formed consortium of contemporary area arts presenters.
The Baltimore Area Contemporary Arts Presneters was formed two years ago as a network to help non-profit groups expand their audiences but is just "taking off now," according to spokeswoman Anne Cantler. She said proceeds from the benefit will help the group obtain start-up money for such basic espenses as stationary and other projects.
Members are also exchanging mailing lists and promoting each other's events on the theory that patrons who enjoy one arts events are also likely to enjoy another, Ms. Cantler explained. "Someone who likes a Theatre Project show might also like the (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra) Discovery series."
Besides the BSO and the Theatre Project, other organizations involved include the Baltimore Film Forum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Center Stage, the Chamber Music Society of Baltimore, Dance on the Edge, Maryland Art Place, the Maryland Institute College of Art, Towson State University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Tickets to the benefit are $12 and include a post-performance reception. They may be purchased through the box office at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., or by calling 752-8558.
Museum marks 10th
The Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, iplanning a weekend of special events Friday through next Sunday to commemorate its 10th anniversary.
The museum will hold a private testimonial dinner Friday honoring the museum's volunteers and donors and a member's reception Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Next Sunday, the museum will hold a free open house from noon to 5 p.m. featuring workshops, musical performances and the opening of a new exhibit, "10 Years of the Museum That Works." Gov. William Donald Schaefer, being honored as the "Father of the Museum," is scheduled to cut a giant birthday cake at 2 p.m. For more information, call 727-4808.
Cloisters fee goes up
Citing "continually rising costs and our expanding," the Cloisters Children's Museum, 10440 Falls Road in Brooklandville, raising its general admission fee from $3 to $4. General admission to ticketed performances and special events will also go up from $4 to $5. The price rises take effect Wednesday
What a difference a year has made in the operation of the Baltimore Opera Company.
Last year at this time, the BOC was sweating out the results of a last-minute fund-raising drive that ultimately rescued the organization from financial insolvency. Now, the company is crowing about single-ticket sales to the four performances of last month's season-opening production of Verdi's "Don Carlo."
The opera sold 1,613 single tickets to the four performances totaling $74,000, or 9 percent above projections, according to opera officials. The opera also has about 5,000 season subscribers. Walk-up sales prior to curtain at the final two performances were more than $2,000, about twice the normal walk-up, officials say.
The BOC is attempting to capitalize on that success by asking single-ticket buyers to purchase "mini-series" subscriptions to the BOC's final two productions, Donizetti's "The Daughter of the Regiment," March 21, 25, 27 and 29, and Mozart's "The Magic Flute," April 25 and 29 and May 1 and 3. Subscription prices range from $30 to $143; for more information, call 685-0692.