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May 15, 1994|By Tim Warren

Art Buchwald speaks on 'Humor and Medicine'

Art Buchwald has been writing humor for decades, so it came as a surprise to many of his readers to discover in his 1993 memoir, "Leaving Home," just how unhappy a life he had had. He was raised in a series of orphanages and foster homes. He was hospitalized twice for severe depression. He joined the Marines at age 17 (he coaxed a street drunk to sign the necessary papers as his father), and wrote in his memoir that the Corps "was the best foster home I ever had." Still, at 68, he's won a Pulitzer Prize for his humor columns, which are carried in more than 500 papers around the country, including The Sun. On Tuesday, Mr. Buchwald will speak on "Humor and Medicine" at 7:30 p.m. in Shriver Hall, on the Homewood Campus of Johns Hopkins University. The occasion is a benefit for the Lucas Scott Livingston Memorial Fund of The Johns Hopkins University Children's Fund, established in memory of 7-year-old Lucas, who died of leukemia in 1992. Tickets for Mr. Buchwald's talk are $25, or $100 for the talk and a champagne and dessert reception with Mr. Buchwald. Call (410) 964-5351. In 1987, Rhodessa Jones, a performer, writer and teacher, received a grant to teach aerobics to women prisoners in a San Francisco county jail. She turned that experience into a one-woman show called "Big Butt Girls, Hard-Headed Women," which will be presented Friday and Saturday as part of Center Stage's Off Center series.

Jones says the piece uses "theater, movement and song to anchor the words born out of the silence that is so intrinsic to waiting, . . . women waiting for bail, for mail, for the latest word concerning her child, money from her man, the next visit from her sister, her mother, and the word from her lawyer." Show times are 8 p.m. both nights in the Head Theater at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (410) 332-0033.

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J. Wynn Rousuck Robert Twynham's been one of Baltimore's premier musicians for a long time. This Friday at 8:15 p.m., Twynham, the music director of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, is conducting a concert at the cathedral that features three of his own pieces -- one of them a world premiere -- and trumpeter Timothy White in Alan Hovhaness' "Prayer of St. Gregory." The Twynham world premiere is of "Miryam" -- one of three pieces on the program in honor of the Virgin Mary. Miryam is the Hebrew for Mary, and the poetic text Twynham has set is by his wife, Eileen, who holds an advanced degree in theology. The program also includes works by Britten, Schuetz and others. Tickets are $8, either at the door of the cathedral (5300 N. Charles St.) or by calling (410) 433-8803.

Stephen Wigler

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