Due to its popularity, "Mining the Museum," Maryland Historical Society's trailblazing exhibition about African-American and American Indian experiences in Maryland, has been extended through Feb. 8, 1993. In this installation, New York artist Fred Wilson uses objects from the historical society's permanent collection to investigate the way minorities have been depicted in the state's art and artifacts. By combining slave shackles with fine silver, placing Victorian chairs around a whipping post and creating other unusual groupings of objects, Mr. Wilson leads visitors to reconsider their perceptions of museums as well as art. The show is a collaboration between the Historical Society and The Contemporary, a young Baltimore-based art museum that has programmed exhibitions in such temporary spaces as an abandoned warehouse and a bus garage.
Phoenix Repertory Dance Company, the professional dance company in residence at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, will perform on July 29 and 30 at Lincoln Center as part of New York's Serious Fun Festival. The company will dance "Rose," the last work of choreographer James Waring, as part of "Megadance," a retrospective of important choreographers of the 1960s. Company members Douglas Hamby, Sandra Lacy, Nancy Safian, Jaye Knutsen, Amanda Thom-Woodson, Robin Branch, Rosalynde LeBlanc, Pam Matthews and Denise Launais will perform the dance in Alice Tully Hall. Linda Garofalo-McDevitt is the understudy.
The Morris Mechanic Theatre has announced it will add productions of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Annie Get Your Gun" to its 1992-'93 season. "Jesus Christ Superstar," one of the earliest hits for composer/producer Andrew Lloyd Webber, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new production. Actress Cathy Rigby will play the role of cowgirl Annie Oakley in the revival of the Irving Berlin musical.
Baltimore's newest outdoor sculpture, a life-size bronze depicting two Iroquois lacrosse players, stands in front of the Lacrosse Foundation National Headquarters and Hall of Fame at 113 W. University Parkway.
The sculpture is the work of Jud Hartmann of Blue Hill, Maine, who specializes in bronzes of Indians of the American northeast. The donor is Emil "Buzzy" Budnitz, former Johns Hopkins all-American lacrosse player and member of the hall of fame. It honors the Indian origins of the game and commemorates the 125th anniversary of modern organized lacrosse.
Fells Point Corner Theatre will hold auditions for Cristopher Durang's "Baby With the Bathwater" at 7:30 p.m. June 29 and 30 at the theater, 251 S. Ann St. The production, directed by Steve Goldklang, will run Sept. 18 to Oct. 18. For details, call (410) 435-7697.
The Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore will hold auditions at 6 p.m. June 27 in the theater of Building Q at Catonsville Community College, 800 S. Rolling Road. Operated by the music department of the college, the company was founded last year to provide more opportunities to perform opera in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Auditions are by appointment only. Call (410) 329-6874 or (410) 455-4109.
WMAR-TV, Channel 2, is accepting entries for the 11th annual Drama Competition for Black Writers in Celebration of Black History Month, a contest co-sponsored by Arena Players. Open to amateur playwrights residing in Maryland and the District of Columbia as well as to student residents, the competition offers the opportunity to have a work produced and aired on television. There are also cash awards of $1,000, $500 and $250. The deadline to submit scripts is Sept. 4. For details and brochure, call (410) 377-2222.