William Faulkner fans and imitators who wish to enter the 1996 Faux Faulkner Contest, an annual event honoring the best parody of Faulkner's writing style, should submit their very best bad Faulkner by Feb. 1.
The contest is sponsored by the Jack Daniel Distillery.
Entries should be no longer than 500 words and must be typed and double-spaced. The contest winner will receive a trip for two to Oxford, Miss., in July, to read the winning entry on the steps of Faulkner's home during the 1996 Yoknapatawpha Conference at Ole Miss.
Entries should be mailed to: The Jack Daniel's Faux Faulkner Contest, c/o The Faulkner Newsletter, P.O. Box 248, Oxford,
The Baltimore Opera Company is accepting applications through March 1 for the 32nd Vocal Competition for North American Operatic Artists.
More than $35,000 in scholarships, cash stipends and contract support will be awarded to competitors. Prizes include the $20,000 Meistersinger Award for four months of study with Carlo Bergonzi at the Carlo Bergonzi Accademia in Busseto, Italy, and the $10,000 Bel Canto Award presented by the Baltimore Opera Guild with full scholarship to the AIMS Academy in Graz, Austria.
Preliminary auditions are scheduled for May 6 in San Francisco; May 8 in Chicago; May 10 in Dallas; and May 30 in Baltimore. Semifinal and final rounds will be held May 31 and June 1 at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore.
Sopranos must have been born after May 31, 1966; mezzos/contraltos after May 31, 1964; tenors, baritones and basses after May 31, 1961.
Inquiries and application requests should be addressed to James Harp, vocal competition coordinator, Baltimore Opera Company, 1202 Maryland Ave., Baltimore 21201. Call (410) 625-1600.
The final round of the Sylvia L. Green Voice Competition for Peabody voice majors will take place at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 at the Friedberg Concert Hall, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore. The competition was established by Beth Green Pierce, a supporter of the arts, in memory of her mother. Call (410) 659-8140.
The Columbia Art Center offers "An Afternoon of Japanese Doll-Making" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 28. Free-lance artist and doll maker Eileen Rich will discuss and demonstrate the basic techniques of making a kimekomi doll.
The cost is $5, and advance registration is required. The center is at 6100 Foreland Garth. Call (410) 730-0075.
Vocalists at least 18 years old and living in Baltimore City or Baltimore County have until Feb. 9 to submit applications for the Seventh Annual Billie Holiday Vocal Competition.
The event was initiated in 1990 by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke to honor the jazz legend on the 75th anniversary of her birth and to provide recognition and support for emerging local artists.
The first-place prize is $1,500 and a possible performance at Artscape '96; the second-place winner will receive $1,000 and third-place prize is $500. Semifinal and final auditions are scheduled for April 13 at the Walters Art Gallery. Call (410) 396-4575, TDD accessible.
The Baltimore NeighborGood Program will be able to continue to fund community events, thanks to a $35,000 contribution by TCI Communications of Baltimore.
The program, coordinated by the Baltimore Office of Promotion, provides cash grants to city neighborhood associations and nonprofit groups for community festivals, parades and fund-raising events. Grant applications are currently being considered. Call (410) 752-8632.
Grants for arts
Applications are being accepted through Feb. 26 for the 1996 CityArts Grants.
The grants are available in three categories -- Community Arts Project Grants to Individual Artists; Community Arts Project Grants to Nonprofit Cultural Organizations; and General Funding Grants to Nonprofit Cultural Organizations.
Grants are awarded in visual arts, performing arts, and literary and theater arts. Community arts project grants are intended to provide accessibility to the arts and involve communities in interactive, educational arts activities.
Grants are awarded to practicing professional artists over 18 who live in Baltimore City and have the experience or the ability to administer a community arts project and to nonprofit cultural organizations based in the city for at least one year with a maximum operating budget of $350,000. Hobbyists and students are not eligible.
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The Howard County Arts Council will honor public and private "partners" who are building the Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts at the Ninth Annual Business and Arts Lunch, scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Jan. 26 at the Columbia Inn in Columbia.