Art Notes

TownMall plans benefit auction, award presentation

TownMall of Westminster will hold its Holiday Bonus Bucks Auction to benefit Neighbors in Need from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow.


Patrons who took advantage of the mall's Christmas Bonus Bucks savings program can use that money to bid on items ranging from beauty products and shopping sprees to meals and trips.

The bonus bucks wil be converted to cash, and 5 percent of the money spent at the auction, up to $5,000, will be donated to Neighbors in Need.


The mall will also present Terri Pitinger's Manchester Elementary class with the first-place prize for the gingerbread house decorating contest, which was also held during the holidays. The class will receive $1,000 in Krispy Kreme fund-raising gift certificates and a pizza party.

Eldersburg academy offers free dance classes

The Merritt Athletic Club's Dance Academy in Eldersburg is offering free classes for adults and for girls and boys ages 2 and older.

Classes will be held Jan. 26 to 31 in ballet, tap, modern, jazz and hip hop dance. Students can sample classes for free. Advance registration is requested but not required.

Merritt is on Progress Way. A schedule of free classes and registration forms are available at the concierge desk or by calling Shellie Rosso at 410-549-8855, Ext. 118.

Folk musicians perform weekday sets in Sykesville

Uptown Concerts is sponsoring weekday performances by folk musicians at Baldwin Station in Sykesville.

Cliff Eberhardt will perform Wednesday. A writer, singer, guitarist and performer, Eberhardt is known for telling about life as it is, good and bad, in his songs. Tickets are $16.


Shows are at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for seating. Advance tickets are recommended. Baldwin Station is at 7618 Main St.

Information: 410-795-1041.

Jazz conference set at McDaniel College

The Maryland Music Educators Association will hold a Jazz Conference Weekend on Jan. 30 and 31 at McDaniel College, concluding with a performance by the Maryland All State Jazz Band at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in Alumni Hall.

More than 500 student jazz musicians from around the state will participate in clinics and master classes with top jazz educators and performers.

One of eight performing All State ensembles produced by the Maryland Music Educators Association, the All State Jazz Band was formed in October through a statewide selection of high school students.


The band is conducted by Fred Hughes, music director of the Three Mo' Tenors and a former member of the Jazz Ambassadors, the premier music ensemble of the Army.

Tickets for the concert are $5 at the door. McDaniel College students may attend free with their student identification.

Information: 410-857-2294.

Bluegrass concert slated at center in Hanover, Pa.

Eichelberger Performing Arts Center in Hanover, Pa., will present award-winning bluegrass performer Del McCoury in concert at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Feb. 7.

The opening act will be Michelle Dixon. Tickets are $25 and $30. Eichelberger is at 195 Stock St.


Tickets and information: 717-637-7086.

Arts council schedules foreign film festival

The Carroll County Arts Council will hold a foreign film festival next month.

Every Friday at 7 p.m., an award-winning international movie will be shown in the Carroll Arts Center's theater at 91 W. Main St., Westminster. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The movie schedule is:

Feb. 6: Rabbit Proof Fence (Australian, rated PG). In 1931, three Aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff, and set off on a trek across the Australian Outback.


Feb. 13: Il Postino (Italian, rated PG). This story focuses on a simple postman whose eyes are opened to a world of new possibilities when he finds himself delivering letters to one of the most romantic poets of the 20th century. Spoken in Italian with English subtitles.

Feb. 20: Kolya (Czech, rated PG-13). A concert musician agrees to a bogus marriage with a Russian woman for money. When she runs off to Germany, she leaves behind her 5-year old son, Kolya. The frightened boy speaks only Russian, but learns to communicate with and love his guardian. Spoken in Czech with English subtitles.

Feb. 27: Like Water for Chocolate (Spanish, rated R). Set in the early 20th century, this film tells the story of a woman's life and how it is shaped by her unyielding mother and the overwhelming power of cooking. Spoken in Spanish with English subtitles.

Subscription tickets for all four movies are $15, or $12 for Arts Council members. Tickets for single movies are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 60 and older and children younger than 12; $1 less for members.

Information: 410-848-7272.