HUSTLING BUCKS for the arts is a never-ending chore. For some, it requires a legal pad full of names and numbers, scores of phone calls, pleading and wheedling, chewing on people's ankles.
Judy Tanner and Ellenor Alvarez are in the midst of that now, pushing two events next weekend meant to raise money for the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra.
The third annual Cool Cat Caper will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday in Randall Hall at St. John's College. Tickets are $50 and dress is black-tie optional.
The Chesapeake Greys, a band known for persuading folks to dance, will provide the music. Director Fred Geils also is a double bass player with the ASO.
Alvarez's gig is Annapolis JazzFest 2000, from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of St. John's by College Creek. It will be preceded by no small amount of prayer: Last year's JazzFest, the eighth annual, was canceled by a gully-washer of a rainstorm.
Saturday's do will include saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, vocalist Nneena Freelon, local guitarist Steve Abshire and the Annapolis Jazz Quartet, Latin sounds by the Afro-Rican Ensemble, New York vibraphonist Cecelia Smith and the Anne Arundel County All-Star Youth Jazz Ensemble.
The program will include a salute to jazz guitarist Charlie Byrd, who performed and lived in Annapolis for years, and was a resident of the area when he died in December.
"It's a family-type of affair with picnics and blankets," said Alvarez. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. Information: 410-647-4456.
Alvarez and Tanner are members of the Friends of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the untidy business of raising money, FASO sponsors concerts and programs designed to bring music closer to school kids.
There's symmetry at work at the McBride Gallery on Main Street in Annapolis, marking its 20th anniversary with a show through June 25.
William Storck is one of five artists featured in the exhibit. He showed up with an armload of his paintings unannounced - and unknown - 20 years ago when Cynthia McBride was laboring to get her gallery up to speed.
"I told him to leave [his paintings] ... " she said. "To my surprise, later that afternoon a man with a heavy Texas accent came in" and bought one that featured a herd of cows.. "I called Storck and said, 'Do you have any more paintings?'"
He did, and does. Storck completes about 30 paintings a year, some with Chesapeake Bay themes. He's been a regular at McBride for most of its two decades.