Center Stage schedules avant-garde performances

ARTS NOTES

November 07, 1993|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Next month Center Stage will launch a new subscription series devoted to the work of cutting-edge performing artists.

The series, titled "Off Center," begins with "Big Butt Girls, Hard-Headed Women," a one-woman show by Bessie Award-winner Rhodessa Jones on Dec. 10 and 11.

Subsequent productions are "Caged with Wog" by Canadian fringe clowns Mump & Smoot on Jan. 21 and 22, and "Pounding Nails into the Floor with my Forehead," Eric Bogosian's latest one-man show on April 15.

Irene Lewis, the theater's artistic director, intends this new series to expand the stylistic range of Center Stage and to get more use from its two performing spaces.

Curator of the series is Center Stage dramaturgy fellow Jill Rachel Morris. A recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she worked as artistic director of the Yale Cabaret for two seasons.

General admission tickets for "Off Center" range from $15 to $25, depending upon the production. Single

subscriptions are $40, and $21 for students. For information, call (410) 332-0033.

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Limestone Cafe Theatre will hold auditions for "Twelve Angry Men" at 7 p.m. today at the main stage of the theater, 10702 Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville. The production calls for men aged 30 and over. It will run weekends Jan. 8 to Feb. 26. For details, call (410) 771-1551.

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The Baltimore Choral Arts Society has released its first compact disc, "Christmas With Choral Arts," in cooperation with WJHU, which co-produced the release. The recording features the society's full chorus and chamber chorus performing Christmas music ranging from the Renaissance to the present. It also includes "The Carolers at My Door" by Baltimore composer Carrie Mallonee. Proceeds from the recording, which costs $15, will benefit BCAS and WJHU. It is available for purchase at BCAS concerts. For information, call (410) 523-7070.

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The Lorenzo Dinner Theatres, owners and operators of Act Two Dinner Theatre and the Timonium Dinner Theatre, are seeking new part-time production staff members including qualified stage directors, musical directors, choreographers, costumers, stage managers, and lighting and sound designers. For details, call (410) 560-1113.

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Poet Eleanor Wilner will read from her newest book, "Otherwise," at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Halcyon Gallery, 909 Fell St. in Fells Point. The MacArthur Fellow writes from a feminist perspective and describes her work as "revisionist myth." A former editor of the American Poetry Review, Ms. Wilner has served as poet in residence at the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa. A suggested donation for the reading is $4. For details, call (410) 522-7620.

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The Baltimore Composers Forum will present a free concert of music for small ensembles at 3 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Great Hall of St. Michael and All Angels Church, 2013 St. Paul St. The performance will consist of compositions by Lorraine L. Whittlesey, Doug Dawson, Harrison Tate, Paul A. Schlitz Jr., D. C. Culbertson, George Spicka, Kevin Hiatt and Perry Marshall. For details, call

(410) 727-5150.

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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra recently raised $24,980 for a dozen non-profit organizations through its eighth annual All-Baltimore concert held at Meyerhoff Hall.

In order to raise money for their programs, participating organizations sold tickets to the concert and received the full amount of each ticket they sold.

This year's concert raised money for the Community Law Center; Maryland Education Coalition; Chesapeake AIDS Foundation; Women's Housing Coalition; STEP (the Schapiro Training and Employment Program); Maryland Associates for Dyslexic Adults and Youth; Northwest Baltimore Corporation; the Holocaust & War Victims Tracing Center & Information Center (American Red Cross); the Baltimore Urban League Guild; Rosa Pryor Music Scholarship Fund; People Aiding Travelers & the Homeless; and Friends of the Family.

The BSO created the All-Baltimore concert in 1986 through a $1 million endowment gift from the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. So far, the event has raised $165,000 for area non-profits.

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