A new monthly tabloid newspaper devoted to the local arts scene is scheduled to be on the streets Tuesday.
The initial issue of Art in Progress will have as its cover story a question-and-answer interview with artist and art benefactor Amalie Rothschild and will also contain several art and theater reviews, according to managing editor Bonnie North. There will also be columns on architecture, poetry and government and the arts, she added.
The 20-page publication will have a press run of 6,000 and will be distributed free at art galleries, libraries, restaurants and bookstores, Ms. North said.
"The arts community here is very fragmented. There's not a strong sense of community. This will help bring it together," she said.
The publication is aiming for a "broad-based" readership, ranging from "art students to buyers and patrons of art," she added.
Ms. North is co-owner of the year-old Resurgam Gallery on 910 S. Charles St. in Federal Hill with P. Randall Whitlock, who is serving as publisher. Her enthusiasm for launching the paper is not diminished by the recession. "The tighter things get, the
more the arts community needs this," she said.
Jewish women and arts
Amalie Rothschild will be among those appearing in a discussion on Jewish Women in the Arts Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave. Also appearing will be poet Mary Azrael, museum curator Leslie Freudenheim, painter Debra Kapnek Levin, quiltmaker Adrien Rothschild and composer Vivian Adelberg Rudow.
Tickets are $3, $1 for JCC members, students and seniors. For more information, call (410) 542-4900.
Holiday open house
"Candlelight Evenings at Homewood," featuring 19th century yultide decorations and music, will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday at Homewood, the historic Carroll mansion on the Johns Hopkins University campus. Tickets are $4 for adults, $3 for children under 18. Call (410) 516-5589 for reservations.
BOC gets $150,000
The Baltimore Opera Company -- teetering on the brink of insolvency just a year ago -- has some more good economic news: It has received $150,000 in grants for a special working capital reserve fund -- one-third of its goal of $450,000.
The money came from the Jacob and Anita France Foundation and the Roger G. and Anne M. Merrick Foundation, which awarded a joint $100,000 grant, and the Gladding Foundation, ++ which gave $50,000.
BOC general director Michael Harrison said the opera hoped to raise the remaining $300,000 by the end of June.
BMA to break record
As expected, the Baltimore Museum of Art is assured that its Monet exhibit will break its eight-year-old attendance record for a single show.
The BMA announced last week that it had sold about 120,000 tickets to "Claude Monet: Impressionist Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston," which runs through Jan. 19. The previous attendance record of 111,000 was held by the 1983 exhibit "Faberge: The Forbes Magazine Collection," which had no admission charge.
*The Dundalk Community Theatre, for "The Cemetery Club," today from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room 409 of the College Community Center Building. Call (410) 285-9667.
*The New Century Theater, for "St. Joan of the Stockyards," tomorrow and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. Call (410) 426-6889.