Dance work explores community issues

ARTS NOTES

April 17, 1994|By Linell Smith HTC | Linell Smith HTC,Staff Writer

The Moving Company, a Baltimore modern dance company, will present a new work that unites dance, spoken text, music and photography at a benefit for the Maryland Food Committee at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Boumi Temple, 4900 N. Charles St.

The recently formed company, headed by choreographer Nancy Wanich-Romita, uses dance to explore issues of community concern. This new work, which runs about 10 minutes, confronts hunger and poverty. It was commissioned for the Food Committee's annual fund-raiser, which is titled "Empty Bowls."

There also will be an auction of roughly 130 handcrafted bowls and bowl-related items by artists including Sandra Magsamen, Alan Janus, Neil Meyerhoff, Debbie Bedwell and Elaine Ozol. Mambo Combo will provide music for dancing.

All proceeds from the tickets -- $100 per person -- benefit the Maryland Food Committee, a non-profit hunger relief organization that helps provide meals for more than 75,000 people each month through its support of soup kitchens and food pantries throughout the state.

L For details and reservations, call (410) 366-0600, Ext. 121.

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The Baltimore Museum of Industry will waive admission for city residents and visitors who live in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties on April 24 as a "thank-you" for support from their local governments.

The celebration, planned from noon to 5 p.m., will feature an antique car show with vehicles from the Chesapeake Region Vintage Auto Club and concerts by the Chesapeake High School Vocal Ensemble and the Maryland Heritage Vocal Ensemble.

The museum, which has interactive exhibitions suited for children, is located at 1415 Key Highway. For details, call (410) 727-4808.

Auditions

* Auditions for Howard County Summer Theatre's production of "The Music Man" are scheduled for Wednesday, Saturday and April 25 at Mount Hebron High School, St. John's Lane and Route 99. Auditions for adults, teens and barbershop quartets will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 25. Auditions for children who are in middle school and younger will start at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Auditioners should bring their own music and be prepared to sing. For details, call (410) 242-2985.

* April 29 is the deadline to apply for a music scholarship at Harford Community College. The auditions, scheduled May 7 on campus, will require students to perform two selections in contrasting styles, not exceeding a total of 10 minutes. For details, call (410) 836-4291.

* Bands interested in performing at Spiritfest '94, an outdoor benefit for the Child Empowerment Network, should call (301) 577-7755. The event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 7 and 8 at the Anne Arundel Fairgrounds, will showcase the work of artists, musicians and crafts persons.

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The Baltimore Playwrights Festival will present a free reading of "Seven Days of Ruth" by Walter Bartas at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. A discussion and criticism of the play will follow the reading.

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Olney Theatre has received eight Helen Hayes Awards nominations for plays it produced during the 1993 summer season. "Show Me Where the Good Times Are" received four nominations; "Shadowlands" received three, and "Lend Me A Tenor" received one.

The awards, established with the support of Helen Hayes, the late Washington-born stage and film actress, encourage excellence and stimulate regional and national interest in Washington theater. Presentation of the awards is scheduled for May 9 at the Warner Theatre in Washington.

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A 10-member troupe from Cockpit in Court, Maryland's largest summer theater, will represent the United States next month in the First International Festival of Stage Arts -- Theatre 2000 in Lyons, France.

In preparation for the trip, the theater will hold two performances of "Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill," the musical it will present in France, at 8 p.m. April 28 and 29 in the Essex Community College Theatre. General tickets are $10.

During the past five years, Cockpit in Court has performed in international festivals in Japan, the former Soviet Union and China.

For details, call (410) 780-6369.

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