At the Walters: the art that bindsIn general, when a book...

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January 10, 1993|By John Dorsey

At the Walters: the art that binds

In general, when a book is on view in an art show, it's open, and one thing you don't see is the binding. That's too bad, because many old books had rich, beautiful bindings. And that's what the Walters Art Gallery's "The Art of Fine Binding in the Renaissance" is about. It will present a selection of bindings of various materials, such as the red velvet cover embroidered with gold and silver thread on a Flemish book of hours from about 1500 and the gold-tooled and painted calf binding on a French book of Plutarch's "Lives" from 1543. Or if you like something a little more outre, take a look at a late 16th-century French Psalter made for a group of penitents who liked to get together for prayer and flagellation sessions. The binding shows skulls, coffins, the figure of death and other motifs, all silver-tooled. The exhibition opens Tuesday at the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St., and continues through April 11. Call (410) 547-9000. "The Alchemedians" -- a two-man show featuring acclaimed clown Bob Berky and Michael Moschen, the only juggler ever to receive a MacArthur "genius" grant -- will be one of the highlights of the fifth annual Mid-Atlantic Movement Theatre Festival, being held this week at Towson State University.

"The Alchemedians" will be presented Saturday at 8 p.m. in Stephens Hall. Other public performances, which will be presented on the Main Stage of the Fine Arts Building, include: "Woman in Suitcase," a comic journey performed by Julie Goell, Thursday at 8 p.m.; "Nervous Tissue," Jim Calder's one-man show about a highly agitated scientist, Friday at 8 p.m.; and "Children at Play," a family theater piece by Dave Saddeh & Company, Saturday at 2 p.m. Admission to all evening performances is $15; "Children at Play" is $5. Call (410) 830-2787.

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J. Wynn Rousuck

Netherlands exchange at Theatre Project

Beginning Wednesday at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., local audiences will get their first taste of the U.S./Netherlands Touring & Exchange Project, a three-year cooperative project between three Dutch companies and theaters in four American cities. The inaugural presentation, by Onafhankelijk Toneel of Rotterdam, is a pair of one-act dance-theater portraits of eccentric characters -- "Man in a Hurry" and "Amy and Ana."

Performance times are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission is $14. For more information, call (410) 752-8558.

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J. Wynn Rousuck

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