'Spunk's' last performance benefits Arena Players

Arts Notes

April 21, 1996|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Some of the tickets to the final performance of Center Stage's hit production, "Spunk," will benefit Baltimore's Arena Players, the country's oldest continuous African-American theater company.

Fifty tickets to the 7: 30 p.m. performance April 28 will be sold at $50 each for the benefit. Other tickets are priced as low as $10 per seat.

"Spunk," woven from three Zora Neale Hurston tales, is laced with lively zydeco-tinged blues performed by the show's composer, Chic Street Man.

Tickets to benefit the Arena Players are available by calling Emma Barrett at (410) 685-3200, Ext. 376. Regularly priced tickets can be obtained from the Center Stage box office, (410) 332-0033.

Let's put on a show

The Columbia Association Art Center, located in Long Reach Village, is offering a two-part lecture series for visual artists on the process of creating exhibitions for solo and group shows.

Lee Mills, an artist and curator, will present the first lecture from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 28. Topics will include the impact of group shows on individual artists, the criteria used to select works for juried exhibitions and the factors that give an extra edge in the selection process.

Mr. Mills will discuss methods of pursuing solo exhibitions during the second program, scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 5.

The cost for each program is $10, and advance registration is required. Call (410) 730-0075.

Extended hours

To accommodate the crowds, the Baltimore Museum of Art has extended its hours during the final days of the exhibition "Dale Chihuly: Installations 1964-1996," scheduled to close April 28.

Instead of closing at 4 p.m., the museum will remain open until 8 p.m. April 24-26. Regular hours, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., will remain for April 27-28. Only the Chihuly exhibition, the museum shop and the museum restaurant will be open during the extended hours, and admission during that time will be $2.50 for adults and free for ages 18 and under. Call (410) 396-6310.

Salisbury art show

Professional and amateur artists, age 16 and older, are invited to participate in a Spring Art Show, scheduled for May 17-19 at the Centre in Salisbury.

Presented by the Peninsula Regional Foundation and the Junior Auxiliary Board of Peninsula Regional Medical Center, the event will benefit the medical center's diabetes education program.

Original art in various media will be accepted for the show.

All entries will be reviewed by qualified judges in professional and amateur categories. The deadline for entry is May 8. Call (410) 543-7140.

Peabody honors Zinman

The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University will bestow its highest honor -- the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America -- on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's director, David Zinman, at 8: 15 p.m. April 25 at the Meyerhoff, before the orchestra's performance of the Berlioz Requiem.

Mr. Zinman will be honored for bringing the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in his 10 years as music director "to new heights of excellence, artistry, creativity and reputation, through national and international tours, recordings, broadcasts, collaborations with leading soloists, first performance and recordings of new works."

Ushers wanted

The Publick Playhouse needs volunteer ushers, ages 18 and older, for its 1996-'97 Twentieth Anniversary All-Star season. A volunteer orientation is scheduled for 7 p.m. April 23 at the playhouse, 5445 Landover Road in Cheverly.

Volunteers are scheduled to work at least once a month for weekend matinee and evening performances. Previous ushering experience is helpful but not required. Volunteer duties include taking tickets at the door, stuffing and handing out programs and managing concession sales. Volunteers will receive complimentary tickets to performances of their choice.

Call (301) 277-1711 or TTY, (301) 277-0312.


The Baltimore Playwrights Festival, which is celebrating its 15th season, will conduct auditions for its summer production at 7 p.m. April 22-23 at the Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway.

Needed are men and women of various ages. Participants should prepare a monologue, two minutes or less. Call (410) 276-2153.

The Johns Hopkins University is scheduling audition time for "The Dibley Files," a sketch comedy television production in the tradition of "Saturday Night Live," "The Kids in the Hall" and "Monty Python."

A cast of 10 to 12 people, ages 17 to 30, is being sought. Also needed are people interested in playing roles as parents, grandparents and Olympic athletes. Technical and artistic support also is welcome.

The show, to be presented as three 30-minute pilot programs, will consist of comedy sketches presented both live on stage and on videotape.

No previous acting experience is necessary. Call (410) 467-7839.

Auditions for "The Will Rogers Follies" will be conducted from 7: 30 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 22 at F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theater, 100 E. Chesapeake Ave.

Will Rogers is already cast, but all other leading adult roles, including nonsinging, are open. Also needed are children -- three boys ages 8 to 13 and one girl, age 12.

Auditions for the East Coast premiere of "Monkey Business" will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 29-30. Needed are five males who sing and move well, including two older men. Call (410) 321-6595.

Pub Date: 4/21/96

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