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September 29, 2005

Monet's foggy days in old London town

The lowdown -- By the time Claude Monet arrived in London in 1899 to paint the ever-shifting appearance of the city's fog-shrouded river Thames, the pioneering French Impressionist had already created groundbreaking serial portraits of haystacks, the river Seine and the Gothic cathedral in Rouen. Now Monet's London images and those of his contemporaries are the subject of a spectacular exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art that brings together more than 100 paintings, prints and photographs inspired by the misty atmosphere and grand architecture of what was then the world's largest city.

If you go -- Monet's London: Artists' Reflections on the Thames, 1859-1914 opens Sunday and runs through Dec. 31. The museum is at 10 Art Museum Drive. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors and $6 students. Call 410-396-7100 or visit artbma.org.

Glenn McNatt

A double masterpiece

The lowdown -- You might call The Turn of the Screw a double masterpiece. On the one hand, it's a brilliant, eerie novel by Henry James; on the other, it's a brilliant, eerie opera by Benjamin Britten. James' story of ghosts (and what might be the specter of pedophilia) inspired the composer to create a richly textured, psychologically penetrating fusion of music and drama. Opportunities to experience this absorbing work don't come around very often. The plucky and intimate Opera Vivente opens its eighth season with a production of Britten's The Turn of the Screw, conducted by JoAnn Kulesza and directed by company founder John Bower.

If you go -- Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Oct. 6 and 8 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St. Tickets are $22 to $42. Call 410-547-7997 or visit operavivente.org.

Tim Smith

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