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The Maryland Institute is where cars meet...


The Maryland Institute is where cars meet art

What's this? Hot rods invading the dignified world of Serious Art? Hot rods as in souped-up automobiles?

Yep. Just arrived at the Maryland Institute, College of Art is "Kustom Kulture: Von Dutch, Ed 'Big Daddy' Roth, Robert Williams and Others." It's about the world of Los Angeles hot rodding and customizing and how it has influenced the Los Angeles art scene. It includes cars and car parts as well as painting, drawing and sculpture. It deals with figures on the car scene, such as those mentioned above, and also with figures on the art scene. It's on view through Jan. 30 at the Mount Royal Station building, Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street, and at the Fox building, Mount Royal and Lafayette avenues. For information, call (410) 225-2300.

Once again, 'tis the season for Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." Among the versions available in the area are two that are celebrating their seventh anniversaries. Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., has mounted a production with a cast of experienced adult actors and students from the Fell's Point Training Institute. Show times are today and next Sunday at 7 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call (410) 276-7837.

And, in Chambersburg, Pa., beginning Thursday you can see Thunderbird Limited's "A Christmas Carol," directed by Baltimorean Carl Schurr and starring Baltimore actor Wil Love. Performances are Thurs- days through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 5:30 p.m., with matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., through Dec. 26. General admission is $11 to $15 and $7 for children under 12. Call (717) 267-3582.

J. Wynn Rousuck Every December the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and its music director, Anne Harrigan, give a Christmas concert in the beautiful chapel at St. Mary's Seminary, Roland Avenue and Northern Parkway. And this afternoon's 3 p.m. program is particularly appetizing. It includes two of the most yearning, heartfelt pieces of music ever written -- Vaughan Williams' "Fantasy on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" and the famous Adagietto from Mahler's Symphony No. 5 -- and one of the most joyful, Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins and Orchestra. Tickets are $17 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. Call (410) 887-2259.

Stephen Wigler

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