A year ago, Baltimoreans got a chance to see chameleon-like Danny Hoch transform himself into a dozen inner-city characters in his one-man show, "Some People," at the Theatre Project. Since then, the versatile performance artist has wowed 'em at New York's Public Theater and won an Obie Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Now the 24-year-old New Yorker is bringing "Some People" back this way, performing at Washington's Kennedy Center beginning Oct. 31 and running through Nov. 4. Show time is 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Theater. Tickets are $22. Call (800) 444-1324.
The Grand Ballroom of the Belvedere Hotel will be the site of a party to benefit the Clipper Park Artists' Relief Fund Nov. 9. The party, sponsored by the catering company Truffles and the Belvedere Restaurant Group, will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature six bands, gourmet food and an open bar. All proceeds will go to the artists who lost their studios in the fire at Clipper Industrial Park. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Office of Special Projects, Suite 400, 300 W. Preston St., Baltimore, or by calling (410) 225-4712.
The Maryland Historical Trust will present two Preservation Project Awards and several Preservation Service Awards at a ceremony Nov. 3 at the Silo Factory in Frederick. The awards dinner is part of the trust's annual conference, "Growing Smart: Preservation and Revitalization in Maryland."
Preservation Service Awards will be given to James G. Boss, chairman of the Laurel Historical District Commission; Gail Chardon Rothrock, director of the Historic Preservation Program the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission in Prince George's County; the Williamsport Preservation Training Center, the historic preservation education center for National Park service historical site employees; and the mayor and city council of Hagerstown.
Preservation Project Awards will go to the Belair Mansion in Bowie and the St. James Church in Baltimore.
For more information about the awards or the conference, call the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development at (410) 514-7625.
"Rethinking the City: Conservation, Innovation, Change," a conference on the future of urban centers, will be held Nov. 11 at the Mount Royal Station of the Maryland Institute, College of Art.
Presentations will be made by city planners, architects and political and civic leaders from across the nation, including John Norquist, the mayor of Milwaukee; architect Michael Sorkin, former Village Voice architecture critic; and Arthur Ziegler, president of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. An opening speech will be made by Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke. In-person registration begins at 8 a.m., and the conference begins at 8:30 a.m. The conference fee is $95. To register in advance or for more information, call (410) 225-2219.
John White, curator at the Smithsonian Institution, will deliver a lecture and answer questions on "American Gem Stones" Nov. 7 at 8:30 p.m. The lecture will take place at the Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore, at 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 116. For information, call (410) 239-2804.
The Montpelier Cultural Arts Center in Laurel will hold a juried competition for studio space at Montpelier Nov. 15. Winners will be eligible to rent space at a rate of $6.50 per square foot per year for residents of Prince George's or Montgomery County, or $7.80 for those who live elsewhere. For an application form and more information, call (301) 953-1993.
Art 95, a benefit art exhibit and sale, will be held from Nov. 10 to Nov. 19 at the Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, located at 6501 N. Charles St. Sales of paintings, photographs, sculpture and furniture will benefit the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. An opening-night reception, with light fare and an open bar, will be held Nov. 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost of the reception is $50. For information, call (410) 523-7070.
The Baltimore Folk Music Society will be the host of a dance-music workshop for musicians, conducted by David DiGiuseppe of the contra dance band FootLoose. Hours are 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 12.
Topics include tune selection, playing with other musicians and coordination among players. The cost is $9 for members and $11 for the public. For location and details, call (410) 561-4573.
The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra will present "The Romantic Spirit" at the John Carroll High School at 8:00 p.m. Nov. 4. Pianist Duke Thompson will perform the "Hungarian Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra" by Franz Liszt. Mr. Thompson, a Harford County native and former student of Carroll High School, is now music department chair at Red Deer College in Alberta, Canada. Completing the program will be Dvorak's Symphony No. 9 in E minor. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. Tickets can be bought at Music Land, the Music Emporium or over the phone by calling (410) 638-5121.
"Meet Henri Matisse," a presentation on Matisse's life and art, will be given Nov. 5 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Columbia Association. Samplings of French wines and cheeses will be provided. The cost of the lecture is $10. To register, call (410) 730-0075.