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Kennedy Center to present two-week festival of...


Kennedy Center to present two-week festival of Texas arts

This week marks the start of the Texas Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, a two-week celebration of the performing arts of the Lone Star State. The first theatrical offering is the Big State Theater Company's "In the West," a series of monologues inspired by photographs by Richard Avedon. The show will be performed three nights only, Wednesday to Friday at 7:30, in the Terrace Theater; tickets are $16.50.

Other highlights include a free outdoor Texas Festival Fiesta from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday; the Houston Ballet June 20-22; and, on the same dates, Celeste Bedford-Walker's play "Camp Logan," based on the true story of a black infantry regiment stationed in Houston in 1917. For more information on festival events call (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324.

@ Eugene Ionesco's "Macbett," the inaugural production of New Century Theater, Baltimore's newest theater company, opens Wednesday at St. John's Church, St. Paul and 27th streets. Subsequent performances are Thursdays to Saturdays through June 29, with an additional performance Sunday, June 16; curtain time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $6.

Theater founder Mark Redfield says his plan is "to have an audience and a permanent home for a professional Equity company by the year 2000." A co-founder of the former Industrial Strength Theater Company, Mr. Redfield directed and produced The Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie" at St. John's in April. "Macbett" is Ionesco's absurdist spoof of the Shakespearean tragedy. For further information call 426-6889.


J. Wynn Rousuck Saxophonist Kim Waters, whose style mixes pop, rhythm and blues and jazz, will perform Thursday at Hopkins Plaza as the La Provence Thursday Night Concert Series continues. Swing Central opens the show at 7 p.m.

Mr. Waters has toured with such acts as the Temptations and Regina Bell; he will soon release his third album, "Sax Appeal."

The series runs through Aug. 1. All concerts are free. Call 752-8632 for more information.

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