Black arts festival scheduled at Morgan


Local visual artists, musicians and writers will join nationally-known talent in a four-day festival of black arts next weekend at Morgan State University.

Sponsored by the Friends of the James E. Lewis Museum at MSU, the event will feature sculptor Elizabeth Catlett, performance poet D'knowledge, vocalist Lisa Bellamy and actor and director Blair Underwood.

More than 30 events will offer a chance to savor the work of visual artists, photographers, dramatists, poets, filmmakers and storytellers. Panel discussions will examine the black arts movement. Area poets can compete in Wordofmouth, a regional poetry slam competition. Puppeteer Yolanda Sampson will entertain children. The festival will also highlight African-American film with a five-part film series of short and feature films.

The weekend celebration, titled "Surviving in Motion: The 21st Anniversary Black Arts Festival," attempts to recall a 1973 festival at the university that brought such artists as actor James Earl Jones and singer Stevie Wonder to Baltimore.

Some festival activities require admission. An all-events package $25 per person ($15 for students). The festival begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 in the main gallery of the Murphy Fine Arts Center. It will continue from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 4-5 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 6. Most events will be held in the Murphy Fine Arts Center. For details and ticket information, call 1 (800) 517-6403.


Various galleries and businesses in Fells Point will celebrate the TC "First Tuesdays" series of art-exhibition open houses from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Participants, designated by pink balloons, include the following:

Mike's, 610 S. Broadway; Mina's, 733-735 S. Ann St.; Fells Point Futon and Bedding Company, 1829 Fleet St.; Adrian's Book Store, 714 S. Broadway; Friends, 705 Aliceanna St.; Birds of a Feather, 1712 Aliceanna St.; and Dead End Saloon, 935 Fell St..

This monthly art viewing, sponsored by the Art Resource Center of Fells Point, began last February. For details, call (410) 675-8466.


Baltimore Youth Television Videomakers, a group of local middle-school students, will premiere five new videos in a free showing scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in the Meyerhoff Theatre of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The 27 teen-agers who participated in making these videos spent eight weeks during the summer in a program sponsored in part by the Maryland Institute, College of Art and the Baltimore Film Forum.

During the program, the students worked closely with local video artists to learn how to make a video -- from concept to screening. They learned how to research and film their subjects, edited film and worked in production teams.

The videos are a murder mystery, a music video, a documentary about pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, a report on a Baltimore animal shelter and a comic look at producing a news program.

Other sponsors of Baltimore Youth Television include the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Mayor's Advisory on Commitee on Art and Culture, the Sanctuary Project Inc. and

Baltimore Cable Access Corporation.


The Timonium Dinner Theatre will hold auditions for a production of "Guys & Dolls" at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14-15 at the theater, 9603 Deereco Road. The production, directed by Chuck Richards, calls for actors, singers and dancers. For details, call (410) 560-1113.


Poet E. Ethelbert Miller, director of the African-American Resource Center at Howard University, will read from his work and sign books at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Irina's Cafe in Waverly.

Mr. Miller is editor of "In Search of Color Everywhere," a new 250-page poetry anthology that surveys the work of black American poets from Phyllis Wheatley to Public Enemy. His own collections include "Where Are the Love Poems for Dictators" and "First Light: New and Selected Poems." Poetry editor of African-American Review, he founded the Ascension Reading series in Washington.

There is no admission charge for his reading, but donations are requested. Irina's is at the corner of 32nd and Barclay streets. For details, call (410) 383-6928.


Deadline is Dec. 31 for regional playwrights to submit manuscripts to the Colonial Players of Annapolis for its annual playwrights contest.

Colonial Players, a theater in the round founded in 1949, &L; performs a regular season of five plays as well as Christmas and summer productions.

The winning play, as judged by a panel of Colonial Players volunteers, will be produced at the theater. The playwright will receive $750.

Playwrights from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia are eligible to enter the contest. For guidelines, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Frank Moorman, 99 Great Lake Drive, Annapolis, Md. 21403.

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