Dancer Eva Anderson and educator Gene Miller will receive 1992 Howie Awards for their artistic contributions from the Howard County Arts Council.
Ms. Anderson, who was chosen as outstanding artist, is artistic director and founder of Eva Anderson Dancers. Mr. Miller, the former supervisor of music for Howard County public schools, will receive the arts educator award.
The Columbia Association will also receive an award for helping to establish the Columbia Festival of the Arts, the Columbia Arts Center and other arts-supporting activities.
The arts council created the Howie awards to recognize long-term contributions to the arts in Howard County.
Winners at writing
Writers D. R. Belz and Elizabeth Darden have won awards in the South Baltimore Learning Center's first annual writing competition.
Mr. Belz, an associate faculty member in the Weekend College at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, won for a short story. Ms. Darden, a homemaker and student at the center, won for an essay on literacy.
The South Baltimore Learning Center, a private, non-profit adult literacy center, offers tutoring and educational resources to adult learners.
Shakespeare's Skum, a Baltimore-based theater troupe which presents Shakespeare in a comic style, will perform "Comical Tragedy Tour" at the 45th Street Theatre in New York through next Sunday. The show, which is about preparing a production for the holiday revels of Queen Elizabeth I, includes some of the company's most popular material from "Leave It to Hamlet," "Tag Team Romeo and Juliet" and "Macbeth in 20 Minutes or Less."
The comedy troupe was founded seven years ago by artistic director Carolyn Spedden. Mike Field serves with Ms. Spedden as artistic director.
Encore Theatre, a community theater in the Forest Park Senior Center complex, is seeking original full-length and one-act plays written by African Americans or reflecting the African-American experience. The theater, which is in its seventh season, produces plays from October through June. It is located at 4801 Liberty Heights Ave. Send scripts for the 1993-1994 season to: Encore Theatre, Script Reading Committee, P.O. Box 31790, Baltimore, 21207-8790. For details, call (410) 466-2433.
ISO the right woman
Novelist Randy Russell is seeking a wife for his fictional character Rooster Franklin, the bachelor protagonist of a series of mystery novels. The author wants to use a real-life woman as a character in his next Rooster Franklin novel.
Potential mates should possess a sense of humor, a sense of adventure and a strong sense of self, according to Mr. Russell, who has placed newspaper advertisements searching for the right woman.
Women who are interested in pursuing a romantic relationship -- possibly leading to marriage -- with a fictional character, may write to: Rooster, P.O. Box 3538, Kansas City, Kan. 66103.
Media Owls competition
The Retirement Research Foundation has announced the annual National Media Owls competition for producers of films, videos and television programming about aging. Prizes of up to $5,000 are available in categories of independent films and videos; television and theatrical film fiction; television non-fiction; community videos; and training films and videos.
All competition entries must be produced in the United States and be released -- or initially broadcast or cablecast -- in 1992. They must deal primarily with issues of specific interest to aging people or those working in the field of aging.
Entries are due Feb. 2; winners will be notified by April 13.
Baltimore producers Susan Hadary Cohen and William Whiteford won a 1991 Owl award for their film "Grace," a documentary about an Alzheimer's victim, which was broadcast on Maryland Public Television.
Established by the late philanthropist John D. MacArthur, the Retirement Research Foundation has given $50 million in grants for programs benefiting seniors. The foundation established the FTC Owl awards in 1985 in recognition of the powerful potential of films and videos to change attitudes on aging.
For details about the competition and entry forms, contact the Center for New Television, 1440 N. Dayton, Chicago, Ill. 60622, or phone (312)951-6868.