Visiting hours extended for 'Grand Design' Museum: Exhibition of works from London's Victoria and Albert enters its final week in Baltimore. Next Sunday is the last day.

Arts Notes

January 11, 1998|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Baltimore Museum of Art has extended viewing hours to accommodate visitors during the final week of the exhibition "A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum."

The artwork from the London museum will be on display through next Sunday.

Since "A Grand Design" opened to the public in October, 130,000 people from nearly every state have visited the BMA to see what the New York Times hailed as "a beautiful exhibition, worth a trip from New York or anywhere else within reason."

More than 2,600 schoolchildren also will have visited the BMA by the time the exhibition leaves Baltimore.

Hours for "A Grand Design" are today, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday. The added hours -- from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday and next Sunday -- are only for "A Grand Design." All other galleries will be closed during those times.

Regular admission will be charged during the exhibition's final week. Tickets to "A Grand Design" are free for museum members and children 18 and under, $8 for nonmembers and $6 for seniors and students. Advance tickets are strongly recommended.

The museum is at Art Museum Drive, North Charles and 31st streets. For more information, call 888-262-4278.

'Dreamgirls' with Crosby

When the Broadway-bound musical "Dreamgirls" opens at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre Tuesday, B. J. Crosby will be playing the role of Effie Melody White, the lead singer of the Dreams, who finds herself cast aside just when the group reaches the brink of superstardom.

Crosby comes to "Dreamgirls" directly from the original Broadway company of "Smokey Joe's Cafe," where her performance earned a Tony Award nomination.

She also received an Olivier Award nomination for her London performance in "Smokey Joe's Cafe."

Her television credits include NBC's "Heatwave: The Long Summer," "The Life of Romare Bearden," "The Bill Cosby Show," "Family Matters," "Gimme a Break" and "The Joy That Kills." Other stage credits include "Shangri La," "Ain't Misbehavin' " and "One Mo' Time."

"Dreamgirls" will be at the Mechanic for one week only, through Jan. 18. For tickets, call 410-752- 1200.

Gallery seeks works

The Eubie Blake Gallery is looking for artists and collectors interested in displaying their work or artifacts from their private collections at the gallery.

Minority artists and works of an ethnic or Afrocentric nature are especially sought.

The gallery, in the Brokerage, 34 Market Place, features changing exhibitions every 30 days and offers evening and weekend hours. For more information, call 410- 625-3113.

Open Studio Tour

Artists have until Jan. 27 to register for the 10th annual Open Studio Tour sponsored April 18-19 by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Art and Culture and the School 33 Art Center.

Participation is open to professional artists only, and studios must be located within the Baltimore City limits. Artists with studios outside the city line may rent or share a space in the city for the day.

Artists with studios south of North Avenue -- Fells Point, Mount Vernon, West Baltimore -- will open their studios April 18. Uptown artists, north of North Avenue -- Charles Village, Hampden, Druid Hill, Mount Washington -- will open their spaces to visitors April 19.

For more information and a registration form, call 410-396- 4641.

Experienced singers wanted

The 75-voice Handel Choir of Baltimore has limited openings for experienced singers in the choir's soprano, tenor and bass sections.

The choir rehearses Monday evenings and will perform Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" and "Magnificat," Handel's "Utrecht Jubilate," and smaller works for multiple choirs in a concert titled "Music for a Great Space."

All candidates must be good sight readers. For more information, call 410-366-6544.

Auditions

Harford Dance Theatre of Harford Community College. "The Emperor's New Clothes." 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. today in the Susquehanna Center on campus, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. Open to dancers ages 13 and older with at least one year of dance training, ballet or modern/jazz. Audition includes 45-minute warm-up, followed by dance combinations demonstrated by the choreographers. For more information, call 410-836-4112.

Fell's Point Corner Theatre. "Molly Sweeney." 7: 30 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday at 251 S. Ann St. Needed is one male, age 35-45, with an Irish accent. For details, call 410-466-8341 or 410-276-7837.

Catonsville Community College. "Hair." 7 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday, callbacks Wednesday. Fine and Performing Arts Center Theatre on campus, 800 S. Rolling Road. Copies of the script are available at the reference desk in the CCC library. Call 410-455-4145.

F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theatre. "Guys and Dolls." All roles open and paid; Nathan is precast. 7: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday at 100 E. Chesapeake Ave. Call 410-321- 6595.

Pumpkin Theatre. "Beauty and the Beast" and "Emperor's Nightingale." 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Hannah More Arts Center, St. Timothy's School, Stevenson. Needed are adult male and female actors; some openings for teen-age actors. Paid positions for ages 21 and older.

Come prepared to read from the script and sing. Fluid stage movement needed; some dance experience preferred. Bring sheet music for a prepared song. For more information, call 410-323- 9402.

Pub Date: 1/11/98

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