Actor and performance artist Anna Deavere Smith will present the local debut of her award-winning "Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities" June 13-25 at Center Stage.
The offering, part of the theater's "Off Center" series, explores the violent 1991 clash between Lubavitcher Jews and African-Americans in Brooklyn. The work is composed from the words of people whom Ms. Smith interviewed about the issues of race and community, people ranging from the Rev. Al Sharpton to an anonymous Jewish housewife from Brooklyn.
Tickets for the Baltimore native's performance, which will be presented in the Pearlstone Theater, range from $10 to $40. For details, call (410) 332-0033. The Walters Art Gallery will sell more than 40 giant banners that were used to promote art exhibitions at the museum in an auction from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 6 in the museum's Renaissance Sculpture Court.
The sale, which will benefit the gallery, also includes pieces of advertising used to promote various shows, and props, signage and maps.
The banners, which vary in shape and size, have been used to promote shows from the 1960s up to the recent Gauguin exhibition.
Admission to the auction is free. For details, call (410) 547-9000.
The semifinal and final rounds of the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition will begin at noon April 8 at the Walters Art Gallery.
Thirteen amateur vocalists from Baltimore City and Baltimore County will compete for cash awards and the opportunity to perform this summer at Artscape, the city's festival of the arts.
The performers are Antonio N. Adams, Rae Bernard, Anthony Costello, Joanne M. Douglas, Elaine Foster, Jil Ice, Alisa C. Cooke-Iwumune, Sandra Lynne Jenkins, Doreen Newman, Aleta D. Parrish, Robin Rouse, Sandra Spears and Lenora Bradford Turner.
Each will perform one song recorded by Billie Holiday and one song of his or her own choice. The judges are jazz vocalist Ruby Glover and Joseph Eubanks, former associate professor of music at Morgan State University.
The event, open free to the public, should run until 3:45 p.m. For details, call (410) 396-4575.
'Man' on tour
A new touring production of "Man of the La Mancha" will be the final show in the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts' current subscription series, general manager Steve Goldstein has announced. The musical will be presented at the Lyric Opera House from May 23 to June 4 and will be directed by Albert Marre, who staged the original 1965 Broadway production. The original set and costume designs will also be re-created. Casting has not been finalized. "Man of La Mancha" replaces the previously announced "Damn Yankees," whose tour has been postponed until next season.
Three winning groups
The chamber ensembles Atlantic Winds, the Second Story Brass Quintet and Trio Latre have won the 1995 Baltimore Chamber Music Awards Competition. Each winning ensemble receives an honorarium for a performance July 23 in the Artscape "Classics in the Cool" concert series.
The members of Atlantic Winds are David Whiteside, Wes Nichols, Marguerite Baker-Nau, John Peiffer and Lori Naugle. The members of Second Story Brass are Amy Johnson, Ben Choulnard, Misty Tolle, Richard White and Tage Larsen. Trio Latre is composed of Vladimir Lande, Irina Lande and Barry C. Trent.
Music students ages 11 to 15 who perform on piano, strings, woodwinds and brass can participate in the annual Young Soloists' Audition held May 20-21 at Catonsville Community College, 800 S. Rolling Road. The deadline for application is April 6. For details and applications, call (410) 455-4149.
* Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre will hold auditions from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. today in the Humanities and Arts building of Essex Community College, 7201 Rossville Blvd. This season's productions include "42nd Street," "Mornings at Seven," "A Man for All Seasons," "Kismet" and "The Foreigner." A production of "Robin Hood" will use a cast of children. All parts in all productions are available for area singers, dancers and actors. For details, call (410) 780-6644.
* Columbia Community Players will hold auditions for a production of "Enter Laughing" from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Faulkner Ridge Neighborhood Center, opposite Wilde Lake Center in Columbia. The production, directed by Pat Burgemeister, calls for 10 men and five women of various ages. For details, call (410) 381-4864.
* Auditions for Harbour Theatre's production of "Lips Together, Teeth Apart" are scheduled at 7 p.m. today and tomorrow at Harbour Theatre, 106 Bloomsbury Ave. in Catonsville. The audition will cast parts for two men aged 20 to 40. For details, call (410) 488-4479.
* Auditions for the musical "Is There Life After High School?" are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. April 9 at Winchester's Comedy Club, 102 Water St. The production calls for a cast of five men and four women ages 25 to 35 with strong singing voices. Performers should prepare an uptempo song and a brief comic monologue. For details, call (410) 290-6503.