Guerrilla Girls combat male chauvinism, racism
Wearing snarling animal masks and occasionally black lace stockings and short skirts, they strike quickly in unexpected places, slapping up posters that charge sexism and racism in the male-dominated art world. They are the Guerrilla Girls, a band of feminists who hide behind gorilla masks to wage guerrilla theater with dramatic effect. On Oct. 2 the Girls descend upon Baltimore for a 7:30 p.m. lecture -- and who knows what else -- at the Baltimore Museum of Art, sponsored by the BMA's Friends of Modern Art. Admission is $5. For information call 396-6314.
Although in the public eye for the past five years, the female activists remain unknown. Speculation has it that they include artists and arts professionals, many of them prominent. They usually sally forth in small groups even though they may number as many as three or four dozen.
Songwriters in chorus
Brian Moragneel wants Baltimore songwriters to unite. And to that end he's organizing the Baltimore Songwriters Association to help its members turn out better material that will appeal to the recording industry.
A medical lab technician who has been writing songs for the past 10 years, Mr. Moragneel's efforts spring in part from frustration: He believes he and other songwriters have been "ripped off" by commercial outfits that promised to market songs but delivered little.
He envisions the association helping songwriters by bringing in producers, music publishers and accomplished songwriters to talk about the ins and outs of the craft, and by holding workshops and clinics on such topics as copyrighting songs. He also plans a talent showcase allowing songwriters to try out new material on live audiences and a newsletter with listings of musicians and lyricists who might wish to team up.
On Oct. 4, Mr. Moragneel will kick off the association's registration drive at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the sixth floor meeting room. For information call 882-8939.
Quieting the coughers
Ever been annoyed by coughing in the audience as the orchestra performs a soulful adagio? This season the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra hopes to minimize the problem by providing cough suppressant tablets, courtesy of the Halls Menthol folks, to concertgoers at Meyerhoff Hall. Part of a nationwide promotional effort involving 35 symphony orchestras, the cough drops are available in regular, cherry, ice blue, spearmint and honey-lemon flavors. Individually wrapped in noiseless waxed paper, the cough drops are being placed in containers in the Meyerhoff lobby, free for the taking. Concertgoers are being asked to limit themselves to two.
Invitation to artists
The BAUhouse, the local arts organization formed earlier this year, will hold its first multimedia exhibit, featuring emerging regional artists, starting Nov. 3. The show, which runs through Nov. 23, is open to artists in all media from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Submissions must be limited to five labeled slides and should be postmarked no later than Oct. 10. Include list of slides, resume and self-addressed stamped envelope and mail to BAUhouse Curatorial Panel, 1713 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21201. For information call 659-5520.
Dance and finance
The Maryland Ballet kicks off its fifth season Oct. 5 at the Baltimore Museum of Art with a program of repertory favorites, including a world premiere by artistic director Phillip Carman. To mark the anniversary, Maryland National Bank has given the dance company a $5,000 challenge grant, which must be matched by $25,000 from other sources by the end of the season. The ballet company has launched a "High Five" campaign, asking supporters to contribute at least $5. Checks should be sent to Maryland Ballet, 1014 Morton St., Baltimore, Md. 21201.
The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Choral Society is looking for people who enjoy singing to participate during the coming season. Auditions are not required unless singers wish to solo. Members of both the Hopkins community and the public are encouraged to join. The society rehearses Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. in the east wing auditorium of the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, 615 N. Wolfe St., and performs two to three concerts a year. Call 955-3363.