NEA gives Center Stage $12,500 for school program

November 08, 1992|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Center Stage Associates has received $12,500 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its Playwrights-in-Schools program, the arts agency announced recently. The program is an intensive, week-long residency, which teaches students from elementary, middle and senior high schools in Baltimore City, in one-on-one workshops with playwrights and teachers.

hTC The grant was one of 622 NEA awards throughout the country. Maryland artists and organizations received $154,000 in the agency's final quarter round of grants. The recipients are: Baltimore artist Linda C. Bills, $20,000 for a visual arts fellowship; National Council for the Traditional Arts in Silver Spring, $77,000 for two musical tours; Carol M. Highsmith of Takoma Park, $20,000 for work on a book on historic preservation and restoration; Gary D. Louie of Bethesda, $9,500 to perform solo saxophone recitals; Cambodian-American Heritage in Temple Hills, $15,000 for a series of classes in Cambodian dances.

Benefits

* The BAUhouse Art Center will sponsor an evening of vintage fashions, modern dance and zydeco-Cajun and polka music to benefit its arts programs at 9 p.m. Friday in the Johns Hopkins University's Glass Pavilion.

Admission is $12. For details, call (410) 659-5520.

* Performance and visual artist Joyce Scott will join jazz and blues musicians Ruby Glover, Nataska Hassan, Karen Braithwaite-Yarn and Jimmy Wilson in "Night of the Divas," a fund-raiser for the Contemporary at Spike and Charlie's Restaurant Saturday.

Proceeds will benefit the public outreach programs of the Contemporary, the 2-year-old arts institution acclaimed for such innovative exhibitions as "Mining the Museum" at the Maryland Historical Society. Dedicated to bringing art into unexpected urban and rural sites, the Contemporary has staged arts projects in such temporary spaces as the former Greyhound Service Terminal.

Tickets for the organization's first fund-raiser, which begins at 9 p.m., are $50 per person. Spike and Charlie's is located at 1225 Cathedral St. For details, call (410) 333-8600.

Auditions

* Auditions for the Spotlighters' production of "Wondrous," an original musical by Rita Pearlman, are scheduled at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at the theater, 817 St. Paul St. There are parts for six women and nine men; all must sing. Directed by Harriet Broady, the production will run weekends in March. For details, call (410) 243-8626.

* The Suburban Players will hold auditions for its February production of "The Sound of Music" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2504 Cub Hill Road. For details, call Bill Trintis at (410) 659-4684 or (410) 866-2127.

* Axis Theatre will hold auditions for Constance Congdon's comedy, "Tales of the Lost Formicans," from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 16, 17 and 18 at the theater, 3600 Clipper Mill Road. There are parts for four men, age 18 to 60, and three women, age 27-60. For details, call (410) 655-3896.

* Josquin Choir of Baltimore, a community choir of mixed voices that performs a wide variety of choral music, is holding auditions for its eighth concert season. For details, call director Clay Welch at (410)

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