Writers will read for relief of hunger


Writers are invited to participate in "Writers Harvest: The National Reading," the nation's largest literary benefit for hunger relief, on Nov. 2.

Run by Share Our Strength, the international hunger-relief organization, the third annual Writers Harvest consists of a series of literary readings at bookstores and universities throughout the United States.

More than 800 writers, ranging from schoolchildren to Pulitzer Prize winners, will give readings. This year's participants include such writers as Charles Baxter, Gloria Naylor, Anne Beattie, Diane Ackerman, William Kennedy, Tess Gallagher, Terry McMillan, Galway Kinnell, Bobbie Ann Mason and Scott Turow.

All of the money raised by these public readings -- the suggested donation is $10 for adults and $5 for children -- will go directly to agencies fighting hunger in the United States. (Last year's benefit raised $44,000 from 143 sites.)

All readings are organized locally by volunteers and coordinated nationally by Share Our Strength. The national sponsor is American Express. For details, writers and organizers can call Ann Andrews at (800) 969-4767.


Kate Sellers, the Walters Art Gallery's deputy director/director of development and communications, will leave Baltimore in December to take a similar position at the Cleveland Museum of Art in January.

At the Cleveland, she will be again working with Robert P. Bergman, who was director of the Walters before becoming director in Cleveland in 1993. In announcing her appointment, Mr. Bergman said, "Having worked with Kate for a number of years I know that she was the clear-cut choice for this position. . . . Quite simply, she is by all measures one of the most accomplished museum development professionals in the country."

At the Walters since 1987, Ms. Sellers, among other tasks, directed the $7.3 million fund-raising campaign for the conversion of Hackerman House to the Walters' Museum of Asian Art. Endowment during her tenure increased from $12 million to $32 million. Walters director Gary Vikan said, "It has been my great fortune to have worked with her these past eight years. . . . We will all miss her tremendously."


The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will offer a free musical "open house" featuring insights from composer Marvin Hamlisch from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.

Offered in recognition of National Arts and Humanities Month, the afternoon will include an opportunity to learn about conducting from BSO associate conductor David Lockington, vocalize with the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, ask BSO musicians about their work, receive tips on starting a library of classical recordings and tour the BSO music library. Children can enjoy hands-on introductions to musical instruments at the "Musical Petting Zoo."

National Arts and Humanities Month, a project of the National Cultural Alliance, is part of an annual campaign to inform the public about the value and importance of the arts and humanities. For details about the schedule of BSO open-house events, call (410) 783-8000.


tTC * The Baltimore County Youth Ballet will hold auditions for its December production of "The Nutcracker" at 2 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Sudbrook Arts Centre, 4300 Bedford Road. The production, directed by Laura Gurdud Dolid, is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 18 who have studied ballet. There is a $5 audition fee. Rehearsals for the performance are held Saturday afternoons and Sundays beginning Oct. 8. For details, call (410) 887-1244.

* The Spotlighters Theatre will hold auditions for its February production of Herb Gardner's "Conversations with My Father" at 7 p.m. tonight and Tuesday at the theater, 817 St. Paul St. The production, directed by Bill Rucker, calls for eight males aged 10 to 70. For details, call (410) 685-3156.

The Spotlighters has also scheduled auditions for its January production of A. R. Gurney's "Love Letters" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3-4 at the theater. This production, directed by Ed Perry, calls for six men and six women, preferably over the age of 45. For details, call (410) 276-1538.

* The Chesapeake Concert Band is auditioning musicians who play the clarinet, French horn, trombone, tuba and percussion for openings in its volunteer group. The band performs concerts for outdoor groups and shut-ins in Baltimore County. Rehearsals are Wednesday nights. For details and to schedule an audition, call (410) 252-3941 or (410) 337-0724.

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