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April 12, 1992|By Stephen Wigler

Choral society will perform Handel's 'Messiah' today

Today is just one day short of the 250th birthday of Handel's "Messiah," the most popular piece of choral music in the English-speaking world. It's appropriate, therefore, that the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and its music director, Tom Hall, have selected Handel's masterpiece to perform today in Meyerhoff Hall.

As he always does, Hall will approach the work using a historically informed approach, and he will use the same choral and orchestral forces that the great composer used almost exactly 250 years ago when he conducted "Messiah" for the first time in Dublin. Guest artists include Jayne West, Molly Donnelly, Derek Lee Ragin, Nathaniel Watson and William Watson.

Tickets for "Messiah" are $10 to $30. For further information, please call (410) 523-7070. Funny Gay Males, three New York-based comedians who have been hailed by Joan Rivers as "comic pioneers" will make their Baltimore debut at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., Thursday.

The evening showcases the talents of Danny McWilliams, Bob Smith and Jaffe Cohen, whose distinctive comic styles range from deadpan to drag. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday through May 10. Admission is $15. For more information, call (410) 752-8558.

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J. Wynn Rousuck She calls what she does Judy-ism, and it includes prancing about stage with an accordion slung around her neck; calling the men in the audience "stud-puppets" and telling jokes like, "My brother Bosco told me he wanted to get a job in New York, so I told him to wash my windshield. He did all right till his tongue got caught in the wipers."

Her name is Judy Tenuta, and for this she has won comedy awards and been host of cable comedy specials with titles like "One Night Stand" and "Worship Me, Pigs." She'll be appearing at Slapstix Comedy Club, 34 Market Place, tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.. Tickets are $13 and must be purchased in advance. Call (410) 659-7527.

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