'Poetry slam' invites participants for event at BMA

ARTS NOTES

March 27, 1994|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

Local poets are invited to test their material in a "poetry slam" as part of Nuyorican Poets Live, a touring program of "performance" poets at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, located in Manhattan's culturally diverse Lower East Side, has become a rallying point for new poets who have pioneered a form of self-expression known as the Spoken Word movement. This new poetry combines aspects of theater, performance art, stand-up comedy and musical performance.

The touring program brings small groups of poets to various cities for readings and workshops and to re-create their poetry slams, mock competitions in which local poets read against the Nuyoricans for audience points.

Nuyorican poets who will read at the museum are Paul Beatty, Dana Bryant, Ed Morales, Tracie Morris and Dael Orlandersmith.

The program, which is held in the museum's cafe, is part of the museum's OFF THE WALLS contemporary performance series. Admission is $7 per person. For details about participating in the poetry slam, call (410) 396-6314.

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Novelist Mary Gordon will give a free public reading from "Reading My Father," a work in progress, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Goucher College in Towson.

Ms. Gordon's books include "Final Payments," "The Company of Women," "Good Boys and Dead Girls" and "The Rest of Life." Her reading is sponsored by Goucher's departments of English and Women's Studies. The reading, which takes place in the Alumni House, follows readings by winners of the college's annual "Women Writing About Women" writing competition.

For details, call (410) 337-6125.

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Poet Elizabeth Spires, author of "Globe," "Swan's Island" and "Annonciade," will read from her work at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Garrett Room of the Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Free to the public, the reading is part of a series sponsored by the university's Writing Seminars.

For details, call (410) 516-7563.

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Resurgam Gallery, a cooperative of artists and crafts people in Federal Hill, is accepting applications for new members to show and sell their work in exhibitions scheduled during the 1994-1995 gallery season. For information and an application, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Resurgam Gallery, New Members Application, 910 S. Charles St., Baltimore 21230.

Auditions

* Performing artists are invited to submit audition applications for spots in the Kennedy Center's 10th Annual Open House Arts Festival in October, the continuing Music in the Grand Foyer concerts and the Holiday Celebration held in December.

Application deadline is April 7.

The center is looking for musicians, dancers, mimes, puppeteers, magicians, storytellers and performance artists. Choirs, gospel singers and bell ringers with a repertoire appropriate for a holiday celebration are also invited to apply.

Artists should send a brief biography, daytime phone number, address, resume of performance experience for the past 18 months and an 8-by-10-inch black-and-white glossy photograph. In addition, they should mail a tape, cassette or VHS video of a performance that runs no longer than five minutes. Bands should also send a schedule of future performance dates.

Mail applications to Local Auditions, the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. 20566. Applicants chosen for live auditions will be notified after April 15. Live auditions for those selected will take place May 1-4 at the Kennedy Center.

* Shakespeare on Wheels will hold auditions for this summer's production of "Hamlet" at 3 p.m. Friday in the UMBC Theatre.

Auditioners should be prepared to read a short dramatic passage. The production, to be directed by Sam McCready, will travel to outdoor sites throughout the mid-Atlantic region from July through October.

For more information call (410) 455-2917.

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