Masculinity of dance
The lowdown -- It's a man's world at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County this week. The Edgeworks Dance Theater all-male ensemble will present "Project: Cold Case," an installment in the company's Negro Dance Theater Project. The predominantly African-American ensemble hopes to draw its audience out of prejudice and fear by exploring black masculinity and identity on stage.
If you go -- The performance starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Theatre, 1000 Hilltop Circle. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors. Call 410-752-8950 or go to umbc.edu/arts.
[GENA R. CHATTIN]
A love story
The lowdown -- If you want to prolong that Valentine's feeling, drop in on Theatre Hopkins' production of Lanford Wilson's Talley's Folly, which opens tomorrow in the Mattin Arts Center's Swirnow Theater. An unlikely love blooms in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play, set in small-town Missouri on July 4, 1944. Stephanie McLaughlin Ranno and Mick Simon star under Suzanne Pratt's direction.
If you go -- Showtimes at the Mattin Center, on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 25. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 410-516-7159.
[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]
The lowdown -- Edgy, offbeat and deliberately disquieting, the subject of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's 1991 musical Assassins is nine presidential killers, or wannabe killers, from John Wilkes Booth to John Hinckley Jr. Robert W. Oppel directs the production opening tomorrow at the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre. Cast members include Tom Burns, Tammy Crisp, Ben Fisler, Liz Boyer Hunnicutt and Edward J. Peters. Musical direction is by Julie Parrish.
If you go -- Showtimes at the Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St., are 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and March 15, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 18. Tickets are $15. Call 410-752-1225 or go to spotlighters.org.
[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]
Music for the masses
The lowdown -- For an escape from wintry chills, the next Concert Artists of Baltimore program promises some hot sounds. Edward Polochick, the dynamic artistic director of this choral/orchestral ensemble, has come up with an attractive Anglo-Russian mix of repertoire. There will be gems by Vaughan Williams (the Mass in G minor), Frank Bridge (Suite for Strings), Rachmaninoff (Vocalise) and Shostakovich (Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Brain Ganz and trumpeter Phil Snedecor).
If you go -- The concert is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Tickets are $20-$28. Call 410-625-3525 or go to cabalto.org.