'Alfred Einstein' at Spotlighters
The latest production in the 11th annual Baltimore Playwrights Festival is Mark Berman's intriguingly titled, "Alfred Einstein Never Sang at the Met," which begins a four-weekend run Friday at the Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St.
Berman, a professional actor and playwright, has had plays produced at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Alliance Theater Company in Atlanta, among others. Set in the 1950s, "Albert Einstein" is a nostalgic look at a family in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., through Aug. 30. Tickets are $7. For more information, call (410) 752-1225.
@ Dan Dudrow draws on the Bible and history for paintings that, at least in the past, have exhibited a somewhat stylized, geometric look and have been of interest in part for their complex surfaces. Susan Waters-Eller has been working for a decade on a series of "parking lot" paintings, in which the images are a means of social comment. Susan Due Pearcy's monoprints and monotypes deal with what she calls "the reality of women's lost history." These three artists are featured through Sept. 5 at Nye Gomez Gallery, 836 Leadenhall St. Call (410) 752-2080.
John Dorsey As far as concerts are concerned, the month of August is dead. But today one of Russia's best string quartets will perform at the Gordon Chapel of Temple Oheb Shalom. The St. Petersburg Quartet -- violinists Alla Aranovskaya and Ilya Teplyakov, violist Andrei Dogadin and cellist Leonid Shukayev -- used to be the Leningrad Quartet, but only the name has changed. It's the same young quartet that walked off with the Gold Medal in Florence's prestigious International String Quartet Competition and has been garnering enthusiastic notices ever since. Their program will include quartets by Mozart, Debussy and Borodin. Tickets are free for this Yale Gordon Trust-sponsored event, but it might be best to arrive at the Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave., well before the concert's 4 p.m starting time.