Young Audiences of Maryland, the nonprofit arts-in-education program, recently received the National Medal of Arts in a ceremony at the White House -- the only arts group to receive the honor this year.
Young Audiences of Maryland, which began in 1950, is the founding chapter of the national organization, which began two years later. It was created by Baltimorean Nina Wood Collier, who was concerned that many young people were completing school without seeing a live performance.
Young Audiences of Maryland employs 43 performing-arts ensembles to present 80 different programs in the arts to schoolchildren of all ages. Nationally, its 32 chapters present more than 50,000 programs to 6 million children.
The Maryland chapter will hold its annual fund-raiser, "A Class Act IV," from 7 p.m. to midnight Nov. 11 in the George Peabody Library of the Johns Hopkins University, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. The evening will include entertainment by some of the Young Audiences' professional artists, a gourmet dinner and silent auction. Tickets are $75 each. For details, call (410) 837-7577.
Book Bash, a benefit party of book and music buying for Baltimore County Literacy Works, is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 30 at Borders Books and Music, 405 York Road in Towson.
Billed as an evening of "literati and glitterati," the event will introduce browsers to authors and experts in various categories such as music, art, cooking and children's books. Among those serving as celebrity hosts are: novelist Madison Smartt Bell, pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson, conductors Tom Hall and Anne Harrigan, singer Ethel Ennis, children's author Nancy Patz, cooking expert Anne Grieves, political cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher and poet Mark Strand. Novelist Stephen Dixon is the honorary chairman of the event.
Tickets are $25 per person and benefit Baltimore County Literacy Works, the nonprofit organization that coordinates, promotes and supports adult literacy services for businesses, industry and community organizations. Borders will also donate 21 percent of all book and music sales that evening to Literacy Works.
Last year's event raised $35,000. For details, call (410) 887-2001.
After four years of performing at various Baltimore locations, Everyman Theatre will open its new home Nov. 4 with a production of Sam Shepard's play "Buried Child."
The theater is now based at 1727 N. Charles St. -- the same block as the Charles Cinema, the Metropol Cafe & Art Gallery and the Club Charles.
A professional resident repertory theater, Everyman Theatre has an arrangement with the Actors Equity Association that enables it to employ Equity actors in its new site.
"Buried Child," directed by Vincent Lancisi and produced in cooperation with the Rep Stage Company, will run Nov. 4-27. Performances are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. (There will be an additional performance at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 in lieu of a performance on Thanksgiving Day.) Tickets are $25 for opening night and $15 for all other performances. (Students and senior citizens pay $12.) For details, call (410) 752-2208
"The Best of Baltimore Theatre," an unusual showcase of local theater, is scheduled at 8 p.m. Saturday at Essex Community College. Groups scheduled to perform include Theatre Hopkins, the Vagabond Players, Liberty Showcase Theatre, the Heritage Players, the Barnstormers, Theatre Terese, Fell's Point Corner Theatre, Spotlighters, the Matthews Players and Cockpit in Court Young People's Theatre.
The performance, held in the college's theater, is sponsored by Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre, which is the state's largest summer theater. Tickets are $10 each. For details, call (410) 780-6534.
The Lion's Frontier and Performing Arts Den is holding auditions for singers between the ages of 12 and 17 to compete in the Maryland Junior Vocal Competition. A new performing and literary arts organization located at 15 E. Centre St., the Lion's Frontier is run by actor and playwright Gary Corbin, a former director of performing arts at the Maryland State Arts Council. For auditions, singers should prepare an up-tempo song and a ballad -- selections that demonstrate their vocal ranges. For details and an appointment, call (410) 385-3346.
Arena Stage will hold a free, family open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m Oct. 30 at the theater, 6th and Maine avenues in Washington. Visitors can see how costumes, wigs, props, sets, lights and sound come together to create different worlds on stage. Members of the acting company will talk about their work. Theater critic Bob Mondello will discuss the role of theater criticism. Several events are planned for children. A free panel discussion, which will include remarks by the Nobel Prize-winning poet Derek Walcott, is scheduled at 2 p.m. For details, call (202) 554-9066.