ArtSalute gives nod to Maryland artists


September 26, 1993|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Jazz, African dancing, Japanese dance theater and American choral music will be part of ArtSalute, a free multimedia celebration featuring some of the state's finest performing artists Oct. 4 at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Organized by Maryland Citizens for the Arts, the statewide arts advocacy organization, ArtSalute will serve as the main event in the state's observance of October as Arts and Humanities Month.

ArtSalute performers include jazz saxophonist Gary Bartz, jazz singers Ruby Glover and Nataska Hasan, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, the Sankofa Dance Theater, Japanese dance theater performer Shizumi and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra.

As part of the program, Gov. William Donald Schaefer will present Maryland Medici awards to businesses, foundations and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the arts.

Maryland Arts and Humanities Month will be marked by exhibits, performances, festivals and other arts activities throughout the state.

ArtSalute begins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets are free and are required for admission. For details, call Maryland Citizens for the Arts at (410) 244-3278.

The Baltimore City Life Museums is looking for a playwright for a spring production at the 1840 House, a living history museum. Those interested should send a resume and work sample to Jenny Heim, BCLM, 800 E. Lombard St., Baltimore 21202, or call (410) 396-3395.


The University of Maryland, Baltimore County will hold a free arts evening with music, visual arts and a Shakespeare performance Saturday at the UMBC campus, 5401 Wilkens Ave.

The program, "Arts in the Open," includes a show of art from the private collections of UMBC faculty and staff and performances by the Maryland Camerata chamber choir and Phoenix modern dance company. Shakespeare on Wheels' production of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the Fine Arts hillside, where the other performances are also staged.

The reception for "UMBC Collects," a diverse art exhibition, will run from 5-7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery. Call (410) 455-2065.


Poet Edgar Silex, teacher and co-editor of the journal GYST, will read from his poetry at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Irina's Cafe, 32nd St. and Barclay in Charles Village.

Mr. Silex is best known for writing which explores the American Indian part of his heritage. The reading, which is free to the public, is preceded by a sign-up for an open reading held after Mr. Silex's presentation. Call (410) 383-6928.


An evening of performance art, poetry, film and music to pay off the debts of the defunct Art in Progress arts publication is scheduled from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at St. Johns Church, 27th and St. Paul streets.

The "Dead, Gone, But Not Forgotten" event will honor the monthly magazine's service to the local arts community and raise money for the debts it incurred. Performers include Rhumba Club, Ju Ju Jamboree, the Resolution Quartet, SAW and the Resurgam Drummers. A silent art auction will offer the work of local artists.

Admission, which includes a complimentary dinner, is $6 per person. Call (410) 542-2804.


* The Washington Performing Arts Society will hold auditions for its production "Children of the Gospel 'Voices of the Next Generation' " on Oct. 2, 9 and 16 in Room 3001 of Howard University's College of Fine Arts, 6th and Fairmont streets, N.W., Washington. Area vocalists ages 6 to 18 are needed for this project, which is directed by Richard Smallwood. Singers should prepare one song and bring its sheet music. For details about auditions and to schedule an appointment, call Eric Torain at (202) 833-9800, Ext. 30.

* Liberty Showcase Theatre will hold auditions for "Revenge of the Space Pandas" from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow at the Sudbrook Arts Center at Bedford and Alter streets in Pikesville. Roles are open for those over age 8. Call (410) 561-3768.

* The Vagabond Players will hold auditions for the January production of "Loot" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5 at the theater, 806 S. Broadway in Fells Point. The production calls for three men age 20 to 50, one man age 50 to 70 and one woman age 30 to 45. Call (410) 563-9135.

* Act Two Dinner Theatre will hold auditions for "Miracle on 34th Street" at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the theater, 8014 Pulaski Highway. Call (410) 686-1126.

* Mother Lode Productions will audition actors for a December production of "Abbie/Other Works of Art/Lee" from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 3-4 at Lida Lee Tall auditorium on the campus of Towson State University. The play calls for two men over the age of 25, and 10 to 15 men and women over the age of 18. Call (410) 243-8665 or (410) 296-6031.

* The Baltimore City Life Museums is seeking two African-American actors -- a male age 20 to 30 and a female age 25 to 40 -- for roles in "Heroes Just Like You." Call (410) 396-9911.

* AXIS Theatre will hold auditions for "The Glass Menagerie" from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 4-6 at the theater, 3600 Clipper Mill Road. The production needs two men age 25 to 35 and two women age 20 to 55. Call (410) 243-5237.

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