Anjelica Huston to narrate audio tour for the BMA's 'Picture Perfect' show


November 01, 1992|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

The Cannery Children's Activity Center at the Baltimore Museum of Industry has received the 1992 Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits of the History of Technology and Culture from the Society for the History of Technology. The name of the museum was incorrect in the Arts Notes column in Sunday's Arts & Entertainment section.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Academy-Award winning actress Anjelica Huston will narratthe Acoustiguide audio tour for "Picture Perfect," the Baltimore Museum of Art's coming exhibition of treasures from the Museum of Modern Art.

The show of 17 pieces features Van Gogh's "The Starry Night," Rousseau's "Sleeping Gypsy" and Chagall's "I and the Village." "Picture Perfect," which will run Nov. 22 through Jan. 17, marks the first time these works have been shown together outside of MOMA.


The museum's first use of an Acoustiguide recording -- Meryl Streep narrating the Monet show -- broke company records by reaching 64 percent of the paying audience. Roughly 119,000 of the people who attended the BMA's Monet show used the audio tour, according to the museum.

Art benefits

A canned food drive to benefit Project Hunger, an organization that distributes food to area shelters, will accompany the monthly gallery openings along Charles Street from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. More than 15 merchants will participate in the project. For details, call (410) 244-1030.

Members of the Baltimore Dance Collaborative, Experimental Movement Concepts and Campfield Young Women's Dance will join college dance students in a benefit modern dance concert at 8 p.m. Friday in the Fine Arts Studio 317 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 5401 Wilkens Ave. Sponsored by the Dance Council of Majors at UMBC, the concert will raise money for Bea Gaddy's Women and Children Center in Baltimore. Admission is $5 or $3 with canned goods. Clothing and other donations will be accepted. For details, call (410) 465-4905.


Howard Community College will hold auditions for the role of )) Johnny in "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today in the college's new Theatre Outback on the campus off Little Patuxent Parkway. The production will run Jan. 29, 30 and Feb. 5 and 6. For details, call (410) 964-4940.

A composer's recordings

A compact disc of orchestral music by composer Robert Hall Lewis, professor of music at Goucher College, has been released by CRI. Conducted by Mr. Lewis and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

and London Sinfonietta, the recording includes the composer's Second Symphony, "Nuances II" and Concerto for Chamber Orchestra.

Maggie's Music

Maggie's Music, an independent record label in Annapolis, has released "Music in the Great Hall: Instrumental Music from the Ancient Celtic Lands" by Ensemble Galilei, a group of classical and folk musicians. The album, which is the label's ninth, was recorded live in the Great Hall on the campus of St. John's College in Annapolis.

Bach Aria Group

The Maryland Bach Aria Group, a resident ensemble of St. Mary's College of Maryland, performed last week at an international music festival in Verona, Italy. The group was the only American chamber ensemble invited to participate in the festival, which celebrated the musical influences between the United States and Europe.

Theater Street Fest

More than 2,500 people attended Center Stage's recent Theater Street Fest and open house, held to celebrate the beginning of the theater's 30th season. Because of the public interest, the theater plans to make the festival an annual event.

Cannery awarded

The Cannery Children's Activity Center at the Baltimore Museum of Technology has won the 1992 Dibner Award for Excellence from the Society for the History of Technology. The prize was created to encourage the production of quality museum exhibits that interpret the history of technology, industry and engineering to the general public. At the Cannery, children use role-playing to experience the world of work by working two shifts in an 1883 Baltimore cannery: one as an unskilled worker engaged in a job such as shucking oysters and the other as an employee making cans, printing labels or working in the office.

Malones move on

Ro Malone and Kirby Malone, two of the founders of the Impossible Industrial Action Theater company, have left to pursue other projects, the company has announced. A new 13-member collective of theater artists will operate the organization, which was run formerly by a five-member core of resident directors. Productions will be presented at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St.

Olney Theatre

Olney Theatre has completed its capital campaign, raising $625,000 in order to receive a matching bond from the state. The funds will be used to renovate and improve the theater in such a way that it can expand its programming beyond the summer months.

Signed performances

Sign-interpreted performances will accompany all subscription shows this season at the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts. Two interpreters and one deaf signmaster/interpreter will work at the second Wednesday night and second Saturday matinee. The theater will continue to offer infrared headsets for persons with hearing aids and hearing impairments at all performances. For details on signed performances, call (410) 625-1400 on voice phone, or (410) 625-1407 on TDD.

BMA replacement

Zoe Piendak has been appointed the new deputy director for administration at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Since 1988, she has served as vice president for administration and finance at the University of Baltimore. Before that, she held various positions in city government including serving as chief of staff for Mayor Clarence "Du" Burns. Ms. Piendak replaces Gloria Johnson, who is retiring after working in the job for four years.

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