Baltimore band Love Riot performs Friday in the opening scene of the NBC-TV drama "Homicide: Life on the Street," and two members of the group have speaking roles. The show airs at 10 p.m. on WBAL, Channel 11.
The local pop artists will sing "Killing Time," a song specially recorded for the episode "The Subway." Vocalist Lisa Mathews and drummer Ron Campbell are cast as subway musicians who witness an accident. In the scene, Mathews and Campbell see commuter John Lange being hit by a train while their band is performing. They are later interviewed by Detective Tim Bayliss (Kyle Secor).
"It was exciting for the band," says Mathews. "We have been on television before, but this is the first time ever we've been written into a story. Luckily, we basically got to play ourselves."
"Even before 'Homicide' started using our music, it was my favorite show. I hate to miss it -- I tape it when we are on the road," Mathews adds.
In conjunction with the "Homicide" episode, Love Riot just released a four-song album, "Killing Time." In addition to the title track, there's a recording of a Leslie Gore track, "You Don't Own Me" -- a song the band has been playing live for some time; a new song, "No Regrets"; and "Some Other Time," a piece from the band's CD debut, "Maybe She Will," released in 1996.
Love Riot was formed in 1994 when New York singer Lisa Mathews teamed with Baltimore guitarist Mikel Gehl and bassist Mark Evanko. They were later joined by violinist Willem Elzevir and drummer Ron Campbell. The band won the grand prize at the 1994 Yamaha International MusicQuest, a competition entered by 25,000 bands worldwide.
School 33 studio
Baltimore's School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St., has a studio for visual artists available for rent beginning Dec. 15. The monthly rental cost of $180 includes heat, electricity and water. The lease is month to month for one year, with a second and third year renewal upon approval.
The studio, more than 500 square feet in size, is suitable for working in a variety of media. Separate ceramic and photographic facilities are available at a minimal additional cost.
Artists requesting studio space must submit an application, 10 labeled slides of their work, and a resume by Tuesday. Resident artists are chosen by a studio selection panel. For more information, call 410-396-4641.
Theatre Project at 45 W. Preston St. kicks off "Project Cafe," a free series of programs, lectures and discussions with artists, at 4: 30 p.m. next Sunday with a round-table discussion featuring members of the Women's Project.
The group's executive director Binnie Ritchie Holum, a dancer, choreographer, actress and author, will lead the talk on "Women and Theatre."
The Women's Project is presenting "Reservations," a collection of new short work by women writers, through Dec. 14 at the Theatre Project.
For more information, call 410-539-3091.
Opera on the Web
The Baltimore Opera Company recently launched a Web site to reach an audience familiar with the Internet, but not necessarily the opera. The address is www.baltimoreopera.com.
The Web site opens with a nighttime view of Baltimore's downtown skyline. Below is a letter from Baltimore Opera Company general director Michael Harrison providing an overview of the 1997-1998 season.
The site includes the season schedule, highlighting various shows, performance dates and casts. "Backstage Pass" includes news and notes about performers and "Lyric Opera House" provides a history and photos of the opera's new headquarters, directions and a list of nearby hotels and restaurants.
The Web site also features details about the Baltimore Opera's Master Class series, ticket prices and the patron program.
The Spotlighters. "Pageant." Needed are seven men. Come prepared with 16 measures of up-tempo music. 6 p.m. to 7: 30 p.m. today for host -- one man, aged 40-50; 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow for "ladies" -- six men, ages 20-40. 817 St. Paul St. Call 410-366-0396.
Jewish Community Center's Primetime Players. "The New Kosher Musical Revue." 2 p.m. tomorrow at 5700 Park Heights Ave. Older adult performers, singers and dancers are needed. Call 410-542-4900.
Heritage Players. "Little Mary Sunshine," musical comedy. 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday, Catonsville United Methodist Church, 6 Melvin Ave. Needed are nine men and eight women, ages 20-30; three men and one woman over 40. All roles open. Bring a prepared song and be ready to read from script. Call 410-665-7194 after 9 p.m.
Essex Community College. Washington-based choreographer Jan Taylor auditions for "Annie in Peru." 7 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Physical Education Building Dance Studio No. 2 on campus. 7201 Rossville Blvd. Open to dancers 14 and older, especially female dancers who can act and male actors who can move. Call 410-780-6863.
Columbia Community Players. "Noises Off." Dec. 7-8 at Slayton House, Wilde Lake Village Center, Columbia. Although British accents are required, don't let that scare you off. Call for audition time, 410-730-4024.
Laurel Community Theatre. "Grease." 7: 30 p.m. Dec. 9-10 at Sellers Theatre in the Laurel High School annex, 8000 Cherry Lane. Needed are singers, dancers, actors, backstage help, musicians, technical and administrative help. Call 301-776-4558, Ext. 350.
Pub Date: 11/30/97