Four major art shows are part of...


Four major art shows are part of Artscape

Artscape, that annual orgy of visual and performing arts that comes to the Mount Royal cultural corridor every summer, will reappear right on schedule this weekend, bringing with it four major art shows. Since 1993 has been declared Year of the American Craft by Congress, the largest indoor space, the Mount Royal building's Decker gallery, will have "Ornament: Interior, Exterior, Personal," including crafts that are worn, used in the home or used as architectural elements. A feature will be five environments, involving architects and artists working together.

"Realism: Psychological, Social, Lyrical," in the Fox building's c,19p5 Meyerhoff gallery, will explore various facets of representational art, as expressions of inner thoughts, social concerns and poetic vision. "Gods and Saints," in the Fox thesis gallery, will explore artists' religious and spiritual concerns. The outdoor exhibit, "The Shadow of the Moon," celebrates a year of 13 full moons with 13 site-specific installations related to man's study of the universe from ancient times to the present.

Artscape as a festival runs Friday, Saturday and next Sunday, but the outdoor exhibit will continue through Aug. 8 and the indoor exhibits through Aug. 15. For information, call (410) 396-4575.

This year the Baltimore Symphony's "Summerfest" gives listeners the chance to hear what music director David Zinman ** does better than almost anyone around: conduct the music of Mozart. The BSO's program this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Meyerhoff Hall is particularly inviting. Two of the composer's greatest symphonies -- the charming No. 29 in A Major and the mighty No. 41 in C Major (the "Jupiter") -- are coupled with Mozart's last piano concerto, the sublime and otherworldly No. 27. The pianist will be Christian Zacharias, a German artist who a Mozartean with an especially refined touch. Tickets are $9- $14 and available by calling (410) 783-8000 or, toll-free, (800) 442-1198.

Stephen Wigler "Carnival," the 1961 musical based on the movie, "Lili," will be the last production of the season in Cockpit in Court's Upstairs Cabaret. Barbara Ellis plays the young country girl who runs off to join the carnival in this touching Bob Merrill-Michael Stewart musical. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and July 29-31; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. next Sunday and Aug. 1. Tickets are $10.

Meanwhile, "Chicago," Kander and Ebb's razzle-dazzle look at the 1920s, will wrap up the season on Cockpit's main stage. Curtain times are the same as "Carnival," except for additional performances of "Chicago" July 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50. Cockpit in Court is located at Essex Community College, 7201 Rossville Blvd. For information on either show, call (410) 780-6369.


J. Wynn Rousuck

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