African-American poets will read their work at Irina's cafe


February 20, 1994|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Sun Staff Writer

Four poets whose work is included in "Fast Talk, Full Volume," a new anthology of poetry by young African-American writers, will participate in a free poetry reading Mar. 1 at Irina's Cafe.

Kenneth Carroll, Melvin Lewis, Brian Gilmore and Alan Spears will read selections from the anthology as well as from the body of their own work. The program will begin at 8:30 p.m. and will be followed by an open reading.

Irina's Cafe is located at 32nd and Barclay streets in the Charles Village neighborhood; for details, call (410) 383-6928.


Center Stage's annual radio auction, the theater's largest fund-raising event, will run from 8 a.m. to midnight Feb. 27 on WBAL 1090 radio.

Over its 16-year-history, the auction has raised $1.2 million to benefit the theater's general operating funds. Last year, the event raised $135,500.

Callers can place bids on nearly 800 donated items ranging from trips and cruises to opportunities to have lunch with the governor or to be an Orioles bat girl.

The auction is co-sponsored by WBAL and The Sun, which will list items and bidding instructions in its Feb. 27 newspaper.

For details about the auction, call Sydney Wilner at (410) 685-3200, Ext. 336.


The deadline is March 1 for applications to enter the Baltimore Music Club's annual competition, which is scheduled March 20 at Towson State University. The contest, open to student and professional musicians, offers awards in piano, voice and instrumental music. For details, call (410) 367-2713.


* Act II Dinner Theater will hold auditions for the Anderson-Grigal musical version of "Phantom of the Opera" at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Act II Dinner Theater, 8014 Pulaski Highway. All roles are open, and ballet-trained dancers who can sing are especially needed. The director for this spring production is Chuck Richards. For details, call (410) 686-1126.

* Auditions for "Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising," an April production mounted by Mother Lode Productions, will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28 at Lida Lee Tall Auditorium at Towson State University. The play, directed by Laura Hackman, calls for 26 men and women. Auditioners should have prepared monologues and bring pictures and resumes. For details, call (410) 243-8665 or 296-6031.

* AXIS Theatre will hold auditions for "Eye of God" from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 28 at the theater, 3600 Clipper Mill Road. The production calls for five men ages 22 to 40, one boy 13 to 17 and three women 22 to 45. Prepare a one-minute monologue. For details, call (410) 243-5237.

* The Actors Company Theatre will hold auditions for its April production of "Harvey" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. The director is John Strawbridge. For details, call (410) 760-5800.

* Colonial Players will hold auditions for "Shadowlands" from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. today and from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Colonial Players' theater, 108 East St., Annapolis. The cast needs seven men ages 35 to 55; two women 35 to 45, and one boy 8 to 12. (Auditions for the part of the boy will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.) The director is Mary Northam. For details, call (410) 255-9387.

* Columbia Community Players will hold auditions for "She Stoops to Conquer" at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Faulkner Ridge Nursery School, Wilde Lake in Columbia. The production, directed by Laurence Bory, calls for six men and four women. For details, call (410) 381-4864.

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