Kweilismith, a poet, vocalist and performance artist, will read her work at Irina's Cafe in Waverly at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 4. Her books of poetry are "Slavesong: the art of singing" and "Bluesprint." She is also known for her work as a griot in the African tradition of storytelling.
An open reading will follow Kweilismith's performance. (Sign-up for the reading begins at 8 p.m.) Irina's Cafe is at 32nd and Barclay streets. The event is free. For details, call (410) 383-6928.
Maryland Public Television recently received an award from the Council on International Nontheatrical Events, a group of filmmakers working outside the realm of theatrical movie releases, for producing "Down in the Dumps," an hourlong documentary about the garbage crisis in the United States.
The film, featuring anchorman Scott Simon, aired in November 1992. It won CINE's Golden Eagle award, the highest award given entries in the professional category of documentaries on environmental topics.
The deadline is Feb. 17 to submit entries to the Artscape '94 Literary Arts Awards competition for poetry, short stories and one-act plays.
Literary organizations, presses, arts councils and nonprofit theaters in Maryland serve as nominators. Each organization is permitted to nominate one writer from each of the three categories; nonprofit theaters are eligible only to nominate for the play award. The awards for poetry and short story are a 250-edition chapbook and readings at Artscape. The winning playwright will receive $1,000 and a presentation of his or her play at Artscape.
There is an entry fee of $15 per manuscript. For details, call (410) 396-4575, TDD accessible.
Auditions for Pumpkin Theatre's March productions of "Rapunzel" and "Just So Stories" are scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 3 and 4 at the Roland Park Public School, 5207 Roland Ave. "Rapunzel" needs two men and two women aged 18 to 40. Those auditioning for "Just So Stories" should prepare to tell a story, fairy tale or fable and must be available for daytime performances. For details, call (410) 323-9402.
The Maryland State Arts Council has launched a mini-grant program to help community-based groups produce and present arts activities.
Under the new program, Maryland civic groups, libraries, after-school programs, museums, religious organizations and schools -- as well as arts organizations -- are eligible to apply for grants for arts activities held in the state as long as they have not received MSAC funds during the current fiscal year.
Applicants can submit one mini-grant proposal a year for up to $1,000. The amount requested must be matched by funds raised or contributed by the applicant on a dollar-for-dollar basis. This may include donations, ticket sales, grants or contributions from businesses. In-kind or donated goods or services also may be used as long as they do not represent more than 25 percent of the budget.
The proposals will be judged on artistic merit, feasibility of budget and ability of the applicant to carry out the proposed activity. There are no deadlines for this program. For details, call the Maryland State Arts Council at (410) 333-8232; TTY/TDD (410) 333-4519.