Pier Six opening delayed until finish of...


Pier Six opening delayed until finish of remodeling

The 1991 season of the Pier Six Concert Pavilion will be delayed six weeks until late July to allow for completion of the $4.3 million reconstruction project that will expand the facility by nearly 2,000 seats.

The 11-year-old Inner Harbor pavilion traditionally has opened in early June but will launch its season on July 25, according to Sarah B. Pedroni, spokeswoman for the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts, the non-profit organization that runs the pavilion and the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre.

But Pier Six, which in the past staged its last show Labor Day weekend, will stay open this year until the end of September, Ms. Pedroni said. She said the later closing means the pavilion, which stages a broad mix of contemporary pop music, will "probably have about the same number of shows as last year," when it presented 30 acts. In 1992 and beyond, Pier Six will begin its season in early to mid-May and run through the end of September, she added.

The reconstruction, being financed with a combination of city and state money and loan guarantees, will expand the pavilion's seating capacity from 3,100 to 5,000 and provide a new open-air tentlike structure.

There are only 30 days to the April 15 deadline for you know what. In anticipation of that, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis is hosting a program Thursday at 7:30 p.m. to aid artists with their taxes. It's titled "Artists and the IRS."

The discussion and workshop feature Susan Harvey Dawson, a tax planning specialist and a member of Washington Lawyers for the Arts.

The program is part of an eight-part "Artists Talk on Art" series at Maryland Hall. The next program, "Informal Critique with Visiting Critic David Tannous," is scheduled for April 25. All programs are open to the public with a suggested donation of $2.

Maryland Hall is located at 801 Chase St. For more information call (301) 263-5544.

School 33 applications

A less ubiquitous deadline comes up Saturday . That's when applications are due for studio space in the city-run School 33 Art Center in South Baltimore. Along with a completed application, artists must submit 10 labeled slides and a resume. The studio, available April 1, rents for $175 a month, includes utilities. For more information, call 396-4641.

Staged reading

The Vagabond Players will present a free staged reading titled "Tennessee and Gene" Wednesday and Thursday at 8:30 p.m. as part of the theater's 75th anniversary celebration. The reading is the third in a series offering tributes to great American playwrights by the Vagabonds, located at 806 S. Broadway in Fells Point. It will be directed by Anne Mainolfi. For more information, call 563-9135.


The following auditions are coming up:

*The Baltimore Playwrights Festival, for its 10th season of original plays by Maryland playwrights. Auditions will be held next Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Vagabonds, 806 S. Broadway, and at 7 p.m. at the Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St.; March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St.; and March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Avalon Theatre in Easton. Call 563-9135.

*Harborplace, for its street performers program, Saturday and next Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. Auditions must be booked by tomorrow. For information, call 332-4191.

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