Tartan Ball is sure to put some spring in your step

NEIGHBORS

March 14, 1994|By LYN BACKE

Those of Scottish origin, or Scottish propensities, or ye who simply are ready for something a little different, can trade the sweat suits and gloves and mufflers we've all been wearing for ball gowns, kilts or black ties, when the Robert Burns Society of Annapolis presents the annual Tartan Ball this Saturday.

Howard Gilliland of the society presents it as the kick-off of the Annapolis spring social season.

The evening begins with a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Ballroom; dinner is at 7:30 p.m. Dance music is by New Moods. Scottish country dancing and Highland dancing are featured, too.

Tickets are $30. Reservations are required. Call 757-3463.

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Luckily for some of the Bobby Burns revelers, there's Friday to recoup from the Annapolis Mall VIP Preview night Thursday, celebrating the opening of Nordstrom and 25 new stores.

Local dignitaries, executives and community leaders will be treated to tours, dancing, a fashion preview by Mademoiselle magazine and an international flamenco dance troupe sponsored by the Tourist Office of Spain.

Christmas in April and the Caring Program of Anne Arundel County will receive donation checks as part of the evening's activities.

For the rest of us, Annapolis Mall plans two weeks of events, starting Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m.

Opening celebration events include performances by the Chesapeake Youth Symphony, Ballet Theater of Annapolis, the Annapolis Chorale, Mama Jama and the Symphony's Classical Woodwind Quartet. Festivities include magic shows, visits from Disney characters and a premiere screening of "Major League II."

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I have in my living room a 28-foot-high wood and iron sculpture of a woman, that I see as a cross between the gaunt spareness of a Giacometti and the lush pride of Gaston Lachaise's female figures.

My visitors love her or hate her, but every woman who comments identifies with her in some way.

All of us whom Giacometti probably would not have chosen as models should be sure to visit the exhibition of 45 sculptures and 20 drawings by Lachaise at St. John's College, opening Friday and running through April 24 in the Mitchell Gallery.

Related events include: A public reception Sunday from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; a lecture April 12 at 7:30 p.m. by 20th-century art expert Gerald Nordland; and a discussion in the gallery led by David Moreland on April 20.

Admission to the gallery and all gallery events are free. For information, call 626-2556.

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It's bells and whistles time: Annapolis will play host to the area premier of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem" March 26 at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

From the pen and the mind of the composer of "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera," the work was inspired in part by the death of Webber's father in 1982.

The 8 p.m. concert by the Annapolis Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of J. Ernest Green, includes local jazz musician Stef Scaggiari performing George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue."

Seating is by reservation only. Tickets are $15. Call 263-1906.

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The Maryland Department of Agriculture is having an open house to help get us oriented to spring, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at its headquarters on Harry S. Truman Parkway.

Events include a 10K run, farmers market, petting zoo, craft demonstrations and food. There's no admission charge.

Call Desiree Mundell at 841-5770 for information.

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Traditionalists can celebrate Bach's birthday with a concert by James Dale in the Naval Academy Chapel on Sunday at 3 p.m. Or play a compact disc and let Bach's music inspire you to new heights of sod-turning . . . or crossword puzzling . . . or just enjoying.

Best yet, do both -- there's time and daylight after the concert.

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