Jacobsen will read from new collection


Baltimore poet Josephine Jacobsen will read from "In the Crevice of Time: New and Collected Poems," her latest collection of poetry, at 2 p.m. April 30 in Mudd Hall of Johns Hopkins University. Mrs. Jacobsen, who served as poetry consultant to the Library of Congress from 1971 to 1973, has published seven collections of poetry and three collections of short stories. Last year she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The reading, which is open free to the public, will be followed by

a reception. For details, call (410) 516-7563.

Winning voices

Soprano Samantha McElhaney, a 17-year-old high school student from Clinton, won the Rosa Ponselle Gold Medallion Award in the Rosa Ponselle Charitable Foundation's fourth annual All Marylanders voice competition. One of three medalist laureates selected from among 100 young Maryland singers, Ms. McElhaney attends Suitland Senior High School, where she studies voice with Myra Merritt. The other winners were Mary Gosier of Silver Spring, an 18-year-old soprano who studies with Elizabeth Daniels, and 19-year-old bass-baritone Jason Knight of Ellicott City, who studies with Stanley Cornett. Each of these medalists received $1,500 in cash and scholarship grants.

The annual competition is sponsored by the Rosa Ponselle Charitable Foundation of Baltimore, which was established in 1982 with funds provided by the will of Metropolitan Opera star Rosa Ponselle.

Playwrights Festival

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival has announced the following schedule of productions for its 1995 season:

* Axis Theatre: "Larry's Resolution Challenged" by John Morogiello will run June 30-July 23.

* Fell's Point Corner Theatre: The one-act plays "Lizard Brains" by Mark Scharf, "A Blue Interview" by Joe Dennison, and "Telling the 'Rents" by Vince Licata will run July 7-30. "Canada" by Arnett J. Holloway will run Aug. 11-Sept. 3.

* Spotlighters Theatre: "Lady from London" by Peter Levy will run July 7-30. "Lemonaid" by Nan Kirchhoff will run Aug. 4-27.

* Vagabonds Theatre: The one-act plays "Farewell, Mona Lisa" by Robert L. Taylor, "Casting for the 6th Annual Evelyn LeBrun Memorial First Play Contest" by Al Lefcowitz and "Utopia in the Twenty-First" by Liz Warren Wells will run Aug. 11-26.

For details, call (410) 276-2153.

The festival will hold its second annual fund-raiser at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Vagabonds Theatre. The program, which is $18 per person, includes a performance of "Lost in Yonkers" as well as a reception. Call (410) 685-3156.

School 33 anniversary

School 33 Art Center will commemorate its 15th anniversarwith a benefit celebration at 8 p.m. May 6 at the art center, 1427 Light St.

The program, which is $33 for the general public and $15 for artists, includes a silent auction, an exhibition of work by a reunion of the center's artists, food and music.

Since it was founded in 1979, the center has provided exhibition opportunities for artists as well as subsidized studio space, art classes for children and adults, gallery talks, slide shows and the annual open studio tour.

For details, call (410) 396-4641.

Epstein reading

Baltimore writer Daniel Mark Epstein, author of "Sister Aimee," will read from his new book of poems at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Halcyon Gallery, 909 Fell St.

Mr. Epstein has written six books of poetry, two books of essays and two plays as well as his recent biography of evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. His poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review and the Atlantic Monthly. Poems from "The Boy in the Well," his new collection, have appeared in such publications as the New Republic and the New Criterion.

5) Admission is $4. Call (410) 276-1651.

Siegel to speak

Journalist Robert Siegel, a host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," will speak at a fund-raiser for WJHU-FM radio at 7:30 Tuesday at Bibelot book store in the Festival at Woodholme, 1809 Reisterstown Road.

Admission is $10 for station members and $15 for non-members. During the event, which includes a lecture, discussion and book signing, Mr. Siegel will discuss his new book, "The NPR Interviews 1994." Call (410) 516-9548.


* The Baltimore Playwrights Festival will hold auditions for its next season at 7 p.m. tomorrow and Tuesday at the Vagabonds Theatre, 806 S. Broadway in Fells Point. The productions call for men and women over the age of 30. Auditioners should prepare a two-minute monologue. For details, call (410) 685-3156.

* The Pasadena Theatre Company will hold auditions for its summer production "The Lion in Winter" at 7 p.m. April 30 and at 7:30 p.m. May 1 at Baldwin Hall, Route 178 and Millersville Road in Millersville. For details, call (410) 793-0122.

Grants for new forms

The deadline is May 10 for artists to apply for 1995 New Forms Regional Grants from the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. Project grants ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 each will be awarded to artists living in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington, Virginia and West Virginia.

The program supports projects that explore new definitions of, or boundaries between, cultures, disciplines and/or traditions. Full-time students and organizations are not eligible. Call (215) 925-9951.

Music scholarships

The deadline is May 5 to apply to audition for music scholarships at Harford Community College. Auditions for these awards are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon May 13 in Room 005 of the college's Havre de Grace Hall.

The scholarships are available for full- and part-time new and returning students.

Applicants should prepare to perform two selections of contrasting styles that do not exceed 10 minutes. Call (410) 836-4291.

First Night applications

Professional performers from all disciplines are invited to apply to appear at First Night Annapolis, the annual regional celebration of the arts held New Years Eve in Annapolis.

During the event, more than 250 indoor performances will be presented in roughly 50 locations. In the past, exhibitions by the program's local, regional and national performing artists have attracted 20,000 visitors.

Musicians, dancers, singers, poets, narrative artists, ethnic and folk artists, actors, storytellers, mimes, street theater performers, bands, orchestras, ice dancers, comedians and choirs are invited to apply for spots. For details, call (410) 268-8553 or (410) 974-9332 from Baltimore.

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