Jazzing up Senator Theatre

Film: The Pennsylvania Avenue Committee presents an evening of music, benefiting a memorial to the Royal Theater


April 07, 2000|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

After the rousing success of last year's benefit screening of "Liberty Heights" for a memorial to the legendary Royal Theater, the Pennsylvania Avenue Committee decided to do it up big. So on Sunday, the committee will present "A Royal Night at the Senator," an evening of music from the Dunbar Jazz Band and members of the original Royal Theater house band.

As it did for the "Liberty Heights" screening, the Senator Theatre will be the host for the event, which harks back to the days when such artists as James Brown, Sarah Vaughan, Sam Cooke and Ella Fitzgerald performed at the Royal. Donations are $50 for reserved seats and $35 for general seats; proceeds will go to a monument to memorialize the Royal where it once stood, at Pennsylvania and Lafayette avenues.

To buy tickets or for more information, call 410-276-9801.

Jewish festival continues

The Jewish Film Festival continues tomorrow with a screening of "Kadosh," Amos Gitai's acclaimed film about two sisters' lives inside the ultra-Orthodox Israeli community of Mea Shearim. Dr. Robert O. Freedman, president of Baltimore Hebrew University, will lead the post-screening discussion.

On Thursday, the festival will present "My Yiddishe Mama's Dream," Asher Tlalim's documentary about opera conductor Daniel Oren, an Israeli of Arab-Jewish heritage. Oren conducts Franco Zeffirelli's production of "La Boheme" in the film. Rabbi Mark Loeb, of Beth El Congregation, will lead the discussion after the screening.

"Kadosh" will be shown at 8: 45 p.m.; "My Yiddishe Mama's Dream" will be shown at 7: 30. both screenings will be held at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills. Tickets are $6 each. For more information, call Claudine Davison at 410-542-4900, ext. 239.

Charles' Spring Series

Cinema Sundays at the Charles will kick off this year's Spring Series Sunday with a screening of "Love and Basketball," Gina Prince Blythewood's romantic comedy about two childhood adversaries and athletes whose love for basketball is only equal to their love for each other. City Paper's Tom Scocca, who writes the "8 Upper" column for the newsweekly, will be the guest speaker. The screening starts at 10: 30 a.m. after a nosh of bagels and coffee.

Memberships for the eight-film series are available for $88; four mini-film memberships may be purchased for $52. Individual tickets will also be available for $15 when doors open at 9: 45 a.m. For more information, call 410-727- 3464.

`Art of Biography'

Award-winning producer and cinematographer David Grubin ("LBJ," "FDR," "Truman") will be the featured speaker at Baltimore's National Library Week kickoff event on Sunday.

Grubin will discuss "Other Peoples' Stories: The Art of Biography" at the Central Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. at 2 p.m. Admission is free. To register, call 410-396-5494.

Romance at Towson

The Towson University Film and Video Society continues its spring series of "Comedies of Romance and Marriage" Monday with a screening of "Jit," Michael Raeburn's romantic comedy about an errand-runner in a Zimbabwe village who falls in love with a comely girl and must overcome her disapproving father. The movie begins at 7: 30 p.m. in Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium on the Towson campus. Admission is free. Call 410-830-2787.

Open-captioned `Boiler'

Loews White Marsh Theatre will present an open-captioned version of "Boiler Room" Tuesday and Wednesday. Regular matinee and evening ticket prices will be in effect. Check The Sun for show times.

`Feast' your eyes

The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions' Office of Cultural Affairs continues its spring film series, "The Cultures of Eating," Wednesday with a screening of Gabriel Axe's 1987 film "Babette's Feast." The movie will begin at 7 p.m. in the Mountcastle Auditorium of the Preclinical Teaching Building, 725 N. Wolfe St. Admission is free.

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