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February 13, 2003


Starting tonight, photographers Christopher Myers and Alexey Titarenko team up to present highly subjective views of the former Soviet Union at C. Grimaldis Gallery.

In Images From Russia, Baltimore native Myers explores the old-world quietude of St. Petersburg and the influence of the West on the traditional Russian culture of Moscow.

Titarenko's Black and White Magic of St. Petersburg probes the elusive subconscious of his native city in pictures that re-create the private spaces of individual experience.

The gallery is located at 523 N. Charles St. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 tonight. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 410-539-1080. -- Glenn McNatt


In 1927, when MGM executives planned their adaptation of Anna Karenina starring Greta Garbo, they considered calling it Heat. According to Cari Beau-champ's book Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Holly-wood, Marion, the screenwriter, "pointed out the obvious: the movie marquee would read, "Greta Garbo in Heat."

Upon hearing that tagline, the movie's director, Edmund Goulding, "laughed so hard he started to cry." So they changed the title to Love. By then, John Gilbert had taken the role of Count Vronsky, Anna's lover. "Garbo and Gilbert in Love" was just as sizzling as "Greta Garbo in Heat," and less vulgar.

At 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, the Walters Arts Museum and the Maryland Film Festival will present this voluptuous silent melodrama with live music.

Marion winnowed everything away from Tolstoy's novel except for the central story of Anna, Vronsky, her officious husband Karenin (Brandon Hurst) and her young son Seryozha (Philippe de Lacy).

Garbo filled this quadrangle with her own seductive complexity.

Love is no musty classic. At its best it's still audacious and incendiary.

Screening is at the Walters, 600 N. Charles St. Tickets are $5-$10. Call 410-547-9000. -- Michael Sragow

In the celebratory mood of Vivat! St. Petersburg, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra will celebrate great composers celebrating other great composers.

In the case of Tchaikovsky, for example, you get two composers in one, because his Orchestral Suite No. 4 is based on music by Mozart. This delectable suite, known as Mozartiana, provides an affectionate, late-19th century take on late-18th century styles.

Likewise, in 1920, Stravinsky's delight in the early 1700s music of Pergolesi resulted in the lightly Stravinsky-ized Pulcinella Suite.

One more such fusion will be included -- Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin, his homage from a 20th-century perspective to a giant of French music from the baroque era.

The concert, directed by Anne Harrigan, is at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road in Towson. Tickets are $8-$26. Call 410-426-0157. -- Tim Smith


Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis will present a staged reading of A Mother, an adaptation of Vassa Zheleznova, a play by Maxim Gorky, at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St.

Vassa, a mother of three, will stop at nothing to keep the family business and fortune intact. She is so ruthless and iron-fisted she puts Lady Macbeth to shame.

Tickets are $25 for adults; $20 for Center Stage subscribers. Call 410-332-0033. -- Mary Carole McCauley

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