Cultural attractions abound in Arundel

December 31, 2003

First Night:

Annapolis will be transformed into a nonstop stage tonight, with hundreds of performers throughout downtown. Festivities will begin with children's programs and continue until the midnight waterfront fireworks finale. 410-268- 8553 or www.firstnightanna polis.org.

Piano, cello and flute:

The George Crumb Trio will present a concert of music for piano, cello and flute at 8 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Great Hall of McDowell on the campus of St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. The concert is free. 410-626-2539.

Londontown Symphony:

The Londontown Symphony Orchestra will open its concert season at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 in the Southern High School Auditorium, 4400 Solomons Island Road, Harwood. Included in the concert will be the overture to Rossini's Barber of Seville and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8. Donations are welcome. 301-367- 4018.

Left Bank String Quartet:

A concert featuring Douglas Allanbrook's String Quartet No. 6, as well as Mozart and Bartok, will be presented by the Left Bank String Quartet at 8:15 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium, St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. The concert is free. 410-626-2539

Help needed

Volunteers sought:

Anne Arundel Community Concert Association is seeking volunteers dedicated to present a variety of artists catering to diverse tastes at affordable prices. All concerts are held at Severna Park High School and continue through April. New volunteers are welcome. 410-647-6873.

Seeking volunteers:

Volunteers are needed to help with planning and organizing the Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County's annual Mardi Gras Gala on Feb. 21. Help is needed with the auction, decorations, database entry, invitations, fund raising and day-of-event assistance. Carol Treiber, 410-222-7949; or artsfdn @aol.com.

Dance

Rescheduled:

Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble's show Incredible Feets, which was scheduled for Oct. 4 but postponed because of Tropical Storm Isabel, has been rescheduled for March 5. Tickets for the Oct. 4 show will be honored. 410- 263-5544.

Auditions

Merely Players:

Merely Players will hold auditions for West Side Story at 7 p.m. Jan. 8 and 2 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane, Brooklyn Park. The show will run from April 23 through May 2. All parts open. Auditioners should be prepared to sing and dance. 410-636-76597.

Theatre

Puppy love:

Colonial Players will present Sylvia from Jan. 9 through Feb. 7 at the Colonial Players Theatre, 108 East St., Annapolis. The play is a comedy about a man, a wife and his dog. Because of strong language the play is not recommended for children. Tickets are $13 Fridays and Saturdays; $10 Thursdays, Sundays and matinees; and $8 for those age 65 and older and full-time students with ID (Thursdays and Sundays only). 410-268-7373.

Astronomy

Night lights:

Anne Arundel Community College Astronomy Club will sponsor a Community Observing Night from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Jan. 10 in Parking Lot A on the college's Arnold campus. Attendees can bring telescopes and binoculars or use one of the college's eight telescopes. The event is free. 410-798-6625 after 6 p.m.

On the water

Cruises:

The Sea Gypsy, a 35-foot custom-built molly, takes children around Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay, entertaining them with sea stories, face painting, pirate costumes and water cannons. Children will learn the history of shipping and piracy on the bay while searching for sunken treasure. Five excursions are scheduled each day. Tickets are $16, or $12 for those in groups of more than 30. 443- 398-6270 or www.chesapeake pirates.com.

Visual arts

Rembrandt, others:

St. John's College will offer a free exhibit of 40 engravings by Rembrandt and other artists Friday through Feb. 20 at Mitchell Gallery. 410- 626-2556.

Rembrandt lecture:

Domenic Iacono will deliver a lecture, "Printmaking in the Age of Rembrandt," at 4 p.m. Jan. 9 in Mitchell Gallery at St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Reservations are required. 410-626-2556.

Winter exhibit:

Maryland Federation of Art will present the Winter Juried Exhibit from Jan. 7 through Feb. 1 at the Circle Galley, 18 State Circle, Annapolis. 410-268-4566.

Sherry Healy:

An exhibit of the works of Sherry Healy will be shown Saturday through Jan. 30 at ARTFX, 45 West St., Annapolis. An artist's reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the gallery. 410-990- 4540.

Fund raising

Annapolis Chorale:

The Annapolis Chorale will offer a gala dinner and silent auction to help support the 2004 season at 6 p.m. Saturday at Loew's Annapolis Hotel. The evening will feature a gourmet dinner and entertainment. Attire is black tie optional. The cost is $75. 410- 263-1906.

Arts benefit:

Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County will sponsor the sixth annual Mardi Gras Gala at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Sheraton Barcelo Hotel. All proceeds will benefit the arts in Anne Arundel County. Tickets are $100 ($50 of which is tax-deductible) for an evening of cocktails and appetizers followed by dinner and dancing plus a silent and live auction. 410-222-7949.

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