Urban dramas explore relationshipsTwo one-act urban dramas...


Urban dramas explore relationships

Two one-act urban dramas that explore relationships across the generations will be presented at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St., beginning Friday, as part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival.

Steve Harper's "Abstract Purple," directed by Miriam Bazensky, is about an aging painter and a young Hispanic runaway. Steve Schutzman's "Ghosts Play One," directed by Robert Clingon, features a lost young man, an older man and a married couple. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 7 p.m. Sundays, through July 31. Tickets are $10. For more information, call (410) 276-7837.

@ The National Road, also known in these parts as Frederick Road, is a 200-year-old road surveyed in part by George Washington. It stretched west from Baltimore through Maryland and Pennsylvania and into Ohio. For several years, Maryland photographer Clarence Carvell has been traveling the path of the road in Maryland, from Baltimore to Frostburg, shooting landscapes and old buildings such as the one pictured in "Sidestreet," the accompanying photograph. "The land, the roads and decaying structures are a legacy," he says. Part of the National Road is Main Street in Ellicott City, so it's appropriate that a show of Carvell's black and white photographs, called "The National Road -- A Photographic Journey," is on view through July 31 at the Margaret Smith Gallery, 8090 Main St. in Ellicott City. For information, call (410) 461-0870.

John Dorsey Some of the oldest and most respected Native American art traditions will be presented at the Native American Festival at Carter-Barron Amphitheatre at 8 p.m. Saturday. Performers for this evening of dance and music are coming from Alaska, Hawaii, the Northern Plains and the desert Southwest. Hoop, grass and jingle dances, two forms of eagle dance, the white-buffalo dance and the winter hunter's dance will be performed, in addition to warrior and women's chants and harmony singing in three languages. The festival is sponsored by the National Parks Service and the National Council for the Traditional Arts. Tickets are $14. Call TicketMaster at (410) 481-7328.

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