Moment in Bicentennial spotlight is waiting Celebration: BSO seeking performers in connection with Baltimore's birthday celebration.

Arts Notes

September 15, 1996|By Kenya M. Brown | Kenya M. Brown,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

If you always wanted to be famous, you now may have a chance. As part of the Baltimore Bicentennial celebration, Marvin Hamlisch, principal pops conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the BSO are searching for artists to debut in a SuperPops Concert Series April 24-27, 1997.

The Search for a Star Competition is looking for performers who can sing, dance and play popular and classical music.

Performers should send in a videotape clearly labeled with name, address, telephone number and talent category by Oct. 15. Videotapes should be mailed to: Search for a Star, c/o Marvin Hamlisch, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore, Md. 21201.

Contemporary wins grant

The Contemporary, Baltimore's museum for contemporary arts, has been awarded a $34,147 grant by the Institute of Museum Services. The grant -- one of 192 IMS grants nationwide, representing a total of $15 million -- is the only IMS grant made to an art museum in Maryland this year.

Gary Sangster, the Contemporary's new executive director, said the museum is one of only four contemporary art museums in the United States to be chosen.

The Contemporary is best known in Baltimore for its collaborative exhibitions, such as "Mining the Museum" and "Going for Baroque." Its next exhibition, "Aboard the CyberClipper," will present new works by local artist Lee Boot and German artist Frank Fietzek. It opens on the Internet Oct. 12: http: //www .glows.com/cyberclipper. Public access, for those without modems, will be available in the lobby of the Columbus Center, 701 East Pratt St., and at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch.

Poetry contest

Maryland Poetry Review is seeking entries for its fifth Eagan Memorial Poetry Contest. There are no limitations on form, subject or length. Reading fee is $3 per poem or $12 for five poems. Each unpublished submission should include name, address and telephone. First prize is $200, second prize $100, and third prize, $75.

Mail submissions to: Maryland Poetry Review, Drawer H, Baltimore, Md. 21228. Please mark the envelope "CONTEST" and enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for a list of winners, honorable mentions, finalists and semifinalists. No submissions will be returned. Postmark deadline: Oct. 21.

Scripts invited

The National Playwrights Conference and New Drama for Media Project at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center are accepting scripts to be entered in the July 1997 National Playwrights Conference. Submissions may be made today through Dec. 1.

Writers are asked to submit an original script with full detail for stage, screen or television work that has never been produced or considered in another competition. For an application, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Mary F. McCabe, Conference Administrator, National Playwrights Conference, 234 W. 44th St., Suite 901, New York, N.Y. 10036.

10-minute plays sought

The Actors Theatre of Louisville is now accepting submissions for its annual National Ten-Minute Play Contest. Writers are asked to submit an original, unproduced 10-minute play that must be no longer than 10 pages. The limit is two submissions per entry. Plays must include title page with name, phone number and address. Submissions must be postmarked by Dec. 1. The winner will receive the $1,000 Ted Heideman Award, and the name will be announced in the fall of 1997. The address: Actors Theatre of Louisville, 316 W. Main St., Louisville, Ky. 40202-4218.

Children's Theater reception

Children's Theater Association will have an opening reception today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at its new home, 100 W. 22nd St. Call Kevin Daly at (410) 366-6403.

Art in a park

The Friends of Quiet Waters Park's Fine Arts Committee of Annapolis is seeking art exhibits for its gallery for 1997. Exhibits of two- and three-dimensional art are being accepted. Shows last for six weeks. Artists interested in applying may call (410) 626-1604 or (410) 268-0474.

Theater classes after school

Pumpkin "After School" Theatre classes will be held Oct. 1-Dec. 5 at Grace Fellowship Church, 9505 Deereco Road, Timonium. The classes, held from 4: 30 p.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Tuesdays, are for children aged 6 to 12 and are designed to teach creativity in theater games, improvisation, vocal exercises, character development and scene studies. Registration deadline is Sept. 24. Call: (410) 426-0814.

Capitol Steps

The Pikesville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an appearance of the Capitol Steps, a political satirical group, at 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road.

Tickets are $35 for the show, or $45 for the show and dessert reception with the Capitol Steps. Call: (410) 484-2337.

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