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Touchstone returns to Theatre Project

Touchstone Theatre of Bethlehem, Pa., which has previously entertained Theatre Project audiences with original interpretations of subjects ranging from Voltaire's "Candide" to the Daedalus myth, will return Wednesday with "Don't Drop Grandma." Using an earth-covered set and props that include a trapeze, bathtub, screen door, rocking chair and pile of rocks, this latest ensemble piece focuses on a dying grandmother confronting demons from her past.

Show times at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 6. Tickets are $14, except this Thursday, when they are $5, as part of the theater's new "Stupid Thursdays" bargain program. For more information, call (410) 752-8558.

@ The great pianist Shura Cherkassky, 82, will be the featured soloist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales when it makes its first visit to the United States this week. The orchestra, under the baton of principal conductor Tadaaki Otaki, will appear at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The orchestra will also appear in the U.N. General Assembly Hall in New York for a United Nations Day concert Monday. Cherkassky, who is from the Baltimore area, is the last active pupil of Josef Hofmann, who studied with Anton Rubinstein. Tickets for the Meyerhoff concert are $15, $20 and $25. For information, call (410) 783-8000. Concert ticket holders will have a chance to win an all-expense-paid week in Wales to attend the Cardiff International Festival of Music in October 1995.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond has a collection of African art numbering about 250 objects, and they are on view in the exhibit "Spirit of the Motherland: African Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts." It concentrates on sculptures and textiles from West and Central Africa. There are works from the Dan, Bamana, Luba, Yoruba, Songye, Akan and other cultures, including this 47-inch-tall judgment spirit mask from the Dan culture of the Ivory Coast and Liberia.

Richard Woodward, the museum's curator of African art, hopes viewers will "grasp the invisible ideas and symbolic content that are given form in each object and that they will come to know the diverse texture of Africa's richly creative cultures." At the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2800 Grove Ave., Richmond, through April 30. For information, call (804) 367-0844.

John Dorsey

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