Smith's PBS video at UMBC Saturday
Acclaimed Baltimore-born actress, writer and professor Anna Deavere Smith will return to her hometown Saturday to discuss and screen the PBS video of her 1992 one-woman show, "Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities" at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Based on the 1991 riots that erupted after a 7-year-old black boy was accidentally killed by a runaway car from the motorcade of a Hasidic rabbi, "Fires" features Smith portraying real-life characters ranging from the Rev. Al Sharpton to a Hasidic housewife.
"Fires" is part of Smith's project, "On the Road: A Search for American Character." The most recent installment in that project, "Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992," about the riots that broke out in the aftermath of the first Rodney King trial, was presented on Broadway last season. Smith's appearance at UMBC's University Center Ballroom begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, call (410) 455-2131.
@ Twenty-eight artists, including some well-known local names, will be represented in the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's fifth annual benefit art exhibit and sale, called Art 94, in the conference center at Sheppard Pratt Hospital from Friday through Nov. 20. The show will include paintings, photographs, sculpture and jewelry, and the artists with works on view include Rodney Carroll, Betty Cooke, Philip Koch, Raoul Middleman, Bennard Perlman, Leonard Streckfus and David Brewster, represented here by the painting "Master's Cottage." There will be an opening night reception Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. After that, the show will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information and reservations for the opening reception, call (410) 523-7070.
John Dorsey Mother Lode, the latest Baltimore theater company to be included in the Theatre Project's local residency program, will present the Baltimore premiere of "Emma," a play about turn-of-the-century anarchist Emma Goldman, for two weeks beginning Wednesday. Written by historian Howard Zinn, the play covers 30 years in Goldman's life, ending with her deportation to Russia in 1920.
"She was outrageous, she was brilliant, she was a fantastic speaker. When people came to hear her speak, they were transformed," Zinn said at a reception held by Mother Lode earlier this fall. Show times at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., are 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, and Nov. 20, with a matinee at 3 p.m. Nov. 13, through Nov. 20. Tickets are $14, with a special "stupid Thursday" bargain price of $5 on Nov. 10. For more information, call (410) 752-8558.
J. Wynn Rousuck