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Humanities programs get MHC grants


The Maryland Humanities Council has awarded $3,000 to the Handel Choir of Baltimore for a series of 10 preconcert seminars that will examine choral works by Handel, Bach, Haydn and Mozart.

The grant is part of $61,920 that the humanities council recently gave to public humanities programs in Maryland. A list of some of the other grant recipients follows.

Baltimore County Office of Planning and Zoning: $5,770 for "Past and Future of a Planned Suburb: Community History and Community Planning for Middle River." A "people's history" will document the community and offer public programs.

B&O; Railroad Museum: $7,372 for "In the Vise: The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad." An interpretive exhibit, a gallery guide, a lecture series and a living-history encampment will examine the B&O; Railroad's struggle to decide whether to side with the North or South during the Civil War.

Maryland Historical Society: $10,000 in matching funds for "Interpreting African-American History and Culture: The Derrick Beard Exhibition and its Maryland Counterparts." Programs accompanying this exhibition on arts, crafts and artifacts will include a four-part course on African-American material culture, a collectors' forum, a scholarly symposium and an African-American heritage day.

Baltimore Heritage: $690 in outright funds and $60 in matching funds for "From Cathedral in the Cornfield to Center City -- The Development of the Old Goucher Neighborhood." The program includes a traveling exhibit, walking tour and interpretive brochure.

Historic Annapolis Foundation: $500 in outright funds and $7,360 in matching funds for "Historical Archaeology and the Local Community: A Public Interpretation Program and the Bordley-Randall House Site." This program aims to demystify the techniques and tools of archaeology through regular tours of this site.

Friends of the Greenbelt Museum: $5,023 for "Images and Voices of Greenbelt," an exhibition and programs that examine the community of Greenbelt, built as a social experiment by the federal government in the 1930s.

Howard County Historical Society: $1,175 for "Simpsonville Mill Site Exhibit," a presentation that records the growth and decline of the milling industry and shows how archaeologists interpret the past.

GFWC Civic Club of Oakland: $1,200 for "Enjoy Yesteryear -- A Heritage Festival 1995" that explores such themes in the county's past as the Chautauqua movement.

Western Maryland Symphony Association: $750 for preconcert talks and program notes.

Prince George's Community College: $6,820 for "Blue Upon Gray: Maryland and the Civil War," a series of programs including six lectures, two exhibits and two tours.

The Ciesla Foundation in Washington: $5,000 in matching funds for "The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg," a documentary film looking at the life of America's first Jewish baseball star.

The Maryland Humanities Council is an independent, nonprofit, statewide affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Conference star

Actress Lynn Redgrave will perform as part of a conference that examines the evolution and production of Shakespeare's plays in 19th-century America on June 10 at Tudor Hall in Bel Air.

Known as Shakespeare's birthplace in America, historic Tudor Hall was home to the family of Shakespearean actor Junius Brutus Booth. His sons, Junius, Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, toured America introducing audiences to the works of the Elizabethan playwright.

The conference includes scholarly lectures, meals, a tour of the Tudor Hall grounds and an evening acting presentation in the Chesapeake Center of Harford Community College. Tickets are $50 for the entire conference and $15 for the actors' presentation. The event is sponsored by the Preservation Association for Tudor Hall. For conference details and reservations, call (410) 838-0466. For reservations for the evening presentation, call (410) 836-4211.

Benefit concert

"Superstar Gala," a concert of hit songs from recent Broadway musicals, is scheduled at 8:15 p.m. June 24 in Stephens Hall Theatre on the campus of Towson State University.

The concert will benefit this summer's Maryland's Arts Festival held at the university in July. It includes performances by such former festival headliners as Libby Tomlinson-Gensler, Shannon Wolman, Shawn Doyle and Maravene Loeschke. Tickets are $18, $25 and $50 (which includes admission to a reception before the concert.) For details, call (410) 830-2076

Poetry reading

Poet Barbara Hurd, director of the Western Maryland Writers' Workshop and winner of the 1994 Artscape Literary Award for poetry, will read from her work at 8:30 p.m. June 6 at Irina's Cafe, 32nd and Barclay streets.

The free reading will mark the last in the First Tuesday series of literary readings, which have run since 1992 at this location in Charles Village. Irina's Cafe will close at the end of June, and First Tuesdays host Bruce Jacobs will leave Baltimore to travel.

A farewell party will follow the reading. For details, call (410) 467-5336.

Street festival

"Spice It Up," a street festival to benefit Baltimore Clayworks, will run from 7 p.m. to midnight June 9 at Clayworks, 5706 Smith Ave. in Mount Washington.

The celebration includes world-beat music by Mama Jama. Participants can also preview Clayworks' annual Seconds Sale. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For details, call (410) 578-1919.

Art and graphics

The artwork of Western High School student Tamu Bowrey appears on this year's T-shirt and brochure for the fourth annual Maryland Swim for Life to benefit people with AIDS.

This year's event is set for June 17 at the Hammerman Area of the Gunpowder Falls State Park. Athletes swim in open-water events to raise money for AIDS service organizations. In the past three years, swimmers have raised $45,000 for Marylanders with HIV.

La Tarsha Cromwell, another student at Western High School, designed the graphic that appears inside the Swim for Life brochure.

For details about the Swim for Life, call (410) 243-4418.


Auditions for the musical "Evita" are scheduled from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. June 12-13 at F. Scott Black's Towson Dinner Theatre, 100 E. Chesapeake Ave. For details, call (410) 321-6595.

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