The non-profit Maryland Lawyers for the Arts will hold its second annual seminar on "Legal and Business Issues in the Music Industry" Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Baltimore Law Center, Mount Royal and Maryland avenues.
The keynote speaker will be M. William Krasilovsky, a New York-based entertainment lawyer and author of two highly regarded books on the music industry. In addition to his writing, Mr. Krasilovsky is former counsel to the Songwriters Guild of America and Warner Brothers Music Cos.
"We're living in a world of conglomerates taking over," he says. "The rattlesnakes are eating the pigs -- and they can't digest them. There has to be a synergy between the artists and the financial people."
Of the 175,000 people who have bought his books, "This Business of Music" and "More About This Business of Music," in the 28 years they have been in print, he says, probably "less than 12 percent are making a living in the music business."
Other speakers include Michael Connelly, a representative from Cherry Lane Music, a New York-based publishing company; Debbie Rose of ASCAP; and Jay Grubb and E. Scott Johnson, local entertainment lawyers.
Registration for the seminar begins at 10 a.m. and admission is $15, payable at the door. For more information, call (410) 347-7388.
Walters to hold lectures
The Walters Art Gallery is presenting two lectures this month in conjunction with its "Gold of Greece: Jewelry and Ornaments From the Benaki Museum."
Wolf W. Rudolph, professor of art history at Indiana University, will talk on "Magnificent Miniatures: A Look Into a Greek Goldsmith's Studio" Thursday at 8 p.m. Admission is $5; $4 for members and seniors. Students are admitted free.
New York jewelry designer Demetra Lalaounis will speak on the influence of ancient jewelry on her designs Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. Admission is $6; $4 for members and seniors.
For more information, call (410) 547-9000, Ext. 237.
Gidwitz to join board
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra executive director John Gidwitz has been elected to the board of directors of the Washington-based American Arts Alliance. The 15-year-old organization lobbies Congress and the federal excutive branch on behalf of more than 2,000 arts institutions, including museums, operas, orchestras and theaters.
The following auditions are coming up:
* Liberty Showcase Theatre, for "Godspell," today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sudbrook Arts Center, Bedford Road and Alter Street. Call (410) 465-2862, (410) 922-4803 or (410) 876-1148.
* The University of Maryland Chorus Friday and Saturday by appointment. Call (301) 405-5571.
* Dundalk Community Theatre, for "Gypsy," Saturday and next Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. in Room 409 of Dundalk Community College's Community Center Building. Call (410) 285-9667.
* Pumpkin Theatre, for "Puss-'n'-Boots," Jan. 13 at Roland Park Elementary School, 5207 Roland Ave. Call (410) 377-9239.
* New Deals in Theatre, a new repertory company, is seeking actors and actresses. Send resumes to P.O. Box 31682, Baltimore, Md. 21207-8862.