'Landscape without horizons'
Nefeli Massia's paintings, on view at Nye Gomez Gallery, have been described as "a kind of landscape without horizons or specific boundaries and a dense atmosphere populated with nightmarish presences." A Greek painter who has lived in the United States for five years and in Baltimore for the past year and a half, her work is said to combine elements of the Byzantine, the surreal and the metaphysical.
Educated in Greece and America, Massia has degrees in both mathematics and art. She has won awards in this country, Greece, Bulgaria and Liechtenstein. Her work will be on view at Nye Gomez, 836 Leadenhall St., in south Baltimore, through Dec. 30. Call (410) 752-2080. If you missed Robert Morse's Tony Award-winning performance in "Tru" when the one-man show came to the Mechanic Theatre two seasons ago, or if you'd like to savor it again, you can catch it on MPT (Channels 22 and 67) tomorrow at 9 p.m. as part of PBS' "American Playhouse" series.
Scripted by Jay Presson Allen, "Tru" is set in the elegant apartment of author Truman Capote in 1975, shortly after the publication of a chapter from his scandalous -- and never completed -- final work, "Answered Prayers." Directed for television by Kirk Browning, this show was taped during a live performance at Chicago's Shubert Theatre. Morse's chameleon-like transformation is a genuine tour de force.
J. Wynn Rousuck
dTC There's a lot more to African-American music than that found in the United States. It's a musical culture that was created on two continents and on many, many islands in the sea. One of the most brilliant forms is Afro-Cuban music, which has reached its rhythmic tentacles into all sorts of places -- from European grand opera (the "habanera" in Bizet's "Carmen") to popular dances such as the rumba. One of the greatest of all Afro-Cuban pop groups, Los Munequitos de Matanzas, is on its first American tour and will bring its drummers, dancers and singers to the Baltimore Museum of Art at 8 p.m Saturday for a lecture, demonstration and performance. Tickets are $10, $8 and $6 and may be reserved by calling (410) 396-6314.