Art Notes

ARTS NOTES

February 25, 2005

Film series concludes tonight with `Croupier'

The Carroll County Arts Council will conclude its international film series today with Croupier.

A 1998 British thriller rated R, Croupier follows the story of Jack Manfred, a stalled novelist, as he drifts back into his former profession of casino croupier.

When he begins writing a novel about a croupier, the line between him and his fictional alter ego becomes increasingly blurred.

The films stars Clive Owen, Gina McKee, Kate Hardie and Alex Kingston.

Show times are 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults or $4 for Arts Council members, ages 60 and older and ages 12 and under.

The Carroll Arts Center is at 91 W. Main St.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Dance fund-raiser is Sunday in Westminster

The Greater Baltimore Temple of Finksburg will sponsor an international dance performance from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Westminster High School, 1225 Washington Road.

Performers will include State-of-the-Arts Dance School of Westminster, D&J's Dynamite Dance School, Nrithyashala School of Bharatnrithyam, Filipino Ladies Group, McHale School of Irish Dance and the GBT Dance School.

The multicultural dance show is a fund-raiser for tsunami relief in Asia. All performers are donating their talents and time.

A donation of $10 is requested. Sponsor tickets are $100 for two people. Tickets will be available at the door.

Snow date is March 5.

Information: 410-876-0365.

McDaniel College Theatre to perform mystery spoof

The audience will hear nothing but British accents when McDaniel College Theatre presents "Something's Afoot" at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and March 4 and 5 on the main stage in WMC Alumni Hall.

The 10 students in the cast have been coached by assistant professor Elizabeth van den Berg in the dialects of the British Isles for the musical mystery spoof.

In the show, 10 people are summoned to an isolated English country estate during a raging thunderstorm. Stranded in the mansion, they are picked off one by one.

The bodies begin to pile up as the survivors race to discover the identity and motivation of the murderer.

Tickets are $10 for adults, or $8 for the McDaniel community, seniors 65 and older and students from any school with identification.

Information: 410-857-2448.

Free concert March 4 with Notre Dame pianist

McDaniel College department of music and the Carroll County Music Teachers Association will present a free concert with pianist Ernest Ragogini at 7:30 p.m. March 4 in McDaniel Lounge.

The program will include Piano Variations by Aaron Copland, Les jardins de la Villa Cyprus by Marguerite Canal, Jeux de Soleil sur les Vagues from Esquisses Mediterraneennes by Marguerite Canal, Sonata in B Flat K281 by Mozart, and Symphonic Etudes by Robert Schumann.

Ragogini is a professor of music at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, founder and director of the Music at CND concert series and artistic director of the Chamber Ensemble of Notre Dame.

Information: 410-857-2599.

Singer Christine Lavin to perform March 4

Christine Lavin, singer, songwriter and comedienne, will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 4 at the Carroll Arts Center in downtown Westminster.

Tickets are $17 for adults, or $15 for Arts Council members, ages 60 and older and ages 12 and younger.

The Carroll Arts Center is at 91 W. Main St.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Quilts-for-Charity day scheduled March 5

The Calvary Quilters invites the public to participate in its Quilts-for-Charity day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 at Calvary United Methodist Church, 3939 Gamber Road.

The club is seeking adult volunteers and middle and high school students to help make quilts. Sewing experience is helpful but not necessary. Lunch will be provided.

Participants will spend the day cutting, piecing and tying quilts for donation to the Carroll County chapter of Project Linus, a program that provides homemade blankets and quilts for seriously ill or traumatized children.

Volunteers wishing to participate should take sewing equipment if they have it. Scissors, sharp needles with a big eye, sewing machines and extension cords are needed and should be labeled with your name.

Students should take service hour forms to be filled out.

Information: 410-795-9343.

Latin American folk group to perform March 5

Common Ground on the Hill will present the Latin American folk ensemble Rumisanko at 8 p.m. March 5 at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster.

Tickets are $17 for adults, or $15 for Arts Council members, ages 60 and older and ages 12 and younger.

Rumisanko's six multi-generational members are originally from Bolivia, Chile and the U.S. For more than 30 years, their music has been a combination of traditional Andean music and other influences from Latin American folklore and the New Song movement.

Information: 410-857-2771.

Dancers pass exams, to give benefit recital

Students of the Ballet Slipper in Westminster recently passed their student tests administered by a professional board of examiners from the Cecchetti Council of America.

The students will perform in a recital in June to benefit the Carroll County Public Library.

Students who passed their exams are: Cassandra Hoffman, Krista Walsh, Jennifer McKelvie, Elizabeth Bowerson, Fabi Berenguer Gil, Sydney Buell, Victoria Herbst, Hillary Bollinger, Miranda Lynn, Hannah Lynn, Corinne Kavanagh, Rebecca Wagman, Rita Medeiros and Elizabeth Ingham.

Also, Jessica Gieselman, Morgan Kavanagh, Hilary Utermahlen, Ashley Carlisle, Lauren Peck, Jamie Wright, Allison Gordon, Olivia Cook, Kate Roesch, Allison Selby, Joanne Brunson and Jennifer Brunson.

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