Arts Notes


Hispanic writer sets reading, discussion at McDaniel Lounge

Ray Gonzalez, a Hispanic writer of poetry and prose, will read from his work and lead a discussion, "Images of the Southwest," at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in McDaniel Lounge at McDaniel College.

Gonzalez is an El Paso, Texas, native whose parents were born in Mexico and immigrated to the United States. His writings - a memoir, Memory Fever, and a collection of essays, The Underground Heart: Essays from Hidden Landscapes - are based on Southwestern themes.

A professor in the creative writing program at the University of Minnesota, Gonzalez won a 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature from the Southwest Regional Border Library Association and the Pushcart Prize.

The public lecture is free.

Information: 410-857-2530.

Carroll arts center has one chair needing a name

The Carroll County Arts Council has announced that all but one of the seats in the new Carroll Arts Center have been sold and that the last seat will be auctioned during a grand opening ceremony April 5.

Seats that were "purchased" during the arts council's "Create a Masterpiece" Capital Campaign for a donation of $250 or more could have the name of the donor engraved on an armrest.

Those wishing to bid on the final seat can submit a written bid with their name, address, daytime phone and bid amount before noon April 4. The minimum bid is $250. Bids can be mailed to the council at 91 W. Main St., Westminster21157.

No e-mails or phone calls will be accepted. The current high bid can be obtained by calling the arts council at 410-848-7272.

The Carroll Arts Center is in the restored 1937 Carroll Theatre, which has been transformed into a multipurpose community arts center with an art gallery, two classrooms, a 264-seat theatre and offices for the council.

Grand opening festivities will be held April 4-6. The center will open to the public April 8.

Contributions to the "Create a Masterpiece" campaign are being accepted to pay for furnishing and operating the center.

'Cinderella' performances planned at Pa. arts center

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella will be performed at Eichelberger Performing Arts Center in Hanover, Pa., from March 6 to 16.

This stage version of the classic fairy tale will be directed by George Matthew, the Hanover children's library storyteller.

Kristen Geers plays Cinderella, and Nick McCourt, a North Carroll High School senior, is the prince. Vicky Bohn is the godmother and Michelle Brown portrays the evil stepmother.

Show times and dates are: 8 p.m. March 6-8 and March 14-15; and 3 p.m. March 9 and 16. Tickets are $18 and $13. An opening night special of $10 for all seats will be offered March 6.

Tickets are available at the box office, 195 Stock St., 717-637- 7086, Ext. 1.

Brightspot poetry forums continue at new location

Brightspot Arts and Healing Center near Marston, owned by Susan Tegeler, has closed because Tegeler moved to Hawaii.

Frank Crowson will continue to hold the International Poetry Forums at 2 p.m. the last Sunday of every month at a new location, 3844 Mount Airy Drive at Buffalo Road, north of Mount Airy.

The event features guest poets from around the world, an open mike forum, networking, critiquing, publishing ideas and opportunities, art and music. The event includes announcements about retreats, workshops, conferences and writer groups.

Information: Frank Crowson, 301-829-1962.

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