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Art Notes


Foreign film festival slated for Fridays through February

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

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

The movie schedule is:

Today: Rabbit-Proof Fence, Australian, rated PG.

In 1931, three girls of mixed Aboriginal and white parentage leave their lives as domestic servants in which they are not allowed to recognize their Aboriginal roots. They set off on a trek across the Australian Outback.

The film, based on a true story, stars Kenneth Branagh, David Gulpilil, Ningali Lawford and Deborah Mailman.

Feb. 13: Il Postino, rated PG.

This tale focuses on a 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.

The story was inspired by the life of Chilean poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda, who was forced into exile from his native country in 1952 and granted sanctuary by the Italian government on a remote island off the coast of Naples.

The film stars Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret and Marcia Gracia Cucinotta. It is in Italian with English subtitles.

The other films are Kolya on Feb. 20 and Like Water for Chocolate on Feb. 27.

Subscription tickets for all four movies are $15, or $12 for arts council members. Single tickets are $5 for adults; $4 for seniors 60 and older and for children younger than 12; they are $1 less for members.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Country blues duo to perform at arts center

Common Ground on the Hill is presenting a monthly concert series at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster.

All shows begin at 8 p.m. and cost $15 for adults; $13 for senior citizens 65 and older; and $10 for children younger than 12 and students with identification.

Cephas & Wiggins will perform tomorrow. This country blues duo offers John Cephas' baritone voice and ragtime fingerpicking with Phil Wiggins' rural blues harmonica. After the two musicians joined forces in 1978, the blues community proclaimed them the new champions of the East Coast Piedmont style of blues, said Walt Michael, founder of Common Ground.

Born in Washington, they have performed worldwide, recorded several albums and acted. Cephas also is a founder of the Washington, D.C., Blues Society. A well-known harmonica player, Wiggins is also a gifted songwriter and singer whose material has helped define the duo's sound.

Information: 410-857-2771.

College offers new exhibit in remembrance of artist

Carroll Community College is displaying A Compassionate Brush: Hiram Williams Remembered --1917-2003 Sunday through Feb. 28 in the Scott Center gallery and Langdon gallery.

A reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday with Robert Larson, professor of sculpture, history and humanities, and longtime friend of Williams. He will present a slide show and lecture on the artist's work at 1:45 p.m. in the Scott Center painting studio.

Larson is the leading authority on the art and life of Hiram Williams, and has published articles, book reviews and a book, Hiram Williams, Images of Compassion.

Williams, who died last year, donated 171 pieces from his personal collection to Carroll Community College in 1997 and 2002. Born in 1917, Williams came from the abstract expressionist school of art popular in the middle of the 20th century.

Many of Williams' themes deal with the human condition, especially man's psychological condition. Although primarily a figure painter, Williams also is known for his landscapes.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Information: 410-386-8100.

McDaniel film series focuses on black culture

McDaniel College's 2003-2004 Film and Discussion Series will explore the gap between tradition and modernity in African cultures in America and Africa during African Identity in a New World.

The series is free, and films are suitable for children 10 and older.

The next film will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday in Room 108 of Hill Hall. Strange Fruit explores the history and legacy of the Billie Holiday classic.

The protest song's evolution tells a story of America's radical past. Viewers see the terror of lynching and the courage and heroism of those who fought for racial justice at the risk of ostracism and livelihood if white, and death if black.

Information: 410-386-4632 or 410-857-2791.

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