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International film series begins today with 'Osama'

The Carroll County Arts Council will launch its second annual series of award-winning international films today.

Films will be shown at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Fridays at 91 W. Main St., Westminster. Tickets are $5 for adults, and $4 for Arts Council members, seniors 60 and older, and children 12 and younger. Subscriptions to the series are $17 for adults and $13 for others as noted above.

Upcoming movies are:

Today: Osama, from 2003, in Pashtu with English subtitles; rated PG-13. Osama was the first Afghan film to be widely released after the end of the Taliban regime. Director Siddiq Barmak tells the true story of a 12-year-old Afghan girl and her mother.

With the girl's father and brother dead, there is no male relative to provide the required accompaniment for the mother to continue working in the local hospital. The mother disguises her daughter as a boy named Osama, so she has someone to escort her to work. The film describes Osama's journey to keep the Taliban from finding out her true identity.

Feb. 11: Italian for Beginners, about a lonely hearts club in Denmark whose members enroll in a beginner's course in Italian to jump-start the romance in their lives.

Feb. 18: Children of Heaven, set in Iran, about the lower rungs of society and the prevailing goodness of the human spirit.

Feb. 25: Croupier, a British thriller about the world of gambling.

Information: 410-848-7272.

McDaniel College invites public to coming events

McDaniel College has announced events that are open to the public.

Student Lisa Moore will make her senior honors presentation at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the forum of Decker Center. She spent the spring 2004 semester in Ghana, West Africa, learning the culture, music, customs, food and some language of its people. Moore designed and orchestrated a festival and discussion about Ghana, titled "Celebrating Differences: Studies in West African Music and Festival."

Chamber Music on the Hill will present "An Elephant, A Wolf, and Two Pianos" at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Scott Center for the Arts at Carroll Community College.

The concert for children and the young at heart will feature dancers from the Patty Neivert School of Dance, McDaniel music lecturers Don Horneff and David Kreider in a piano duet, and Mistral Winds. They will perform Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf and Poulenc's The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for senior citizens. Children and students with valid identification will be admitted free. Information: 410-857-2599.

The Eric Byrd Trio will perform at the Monday Night Music Series at 7 p.m. Monday in McDaniel Lounge. The program is free.

The McDaniel department of sociology will present a free lecture, "Working More and Feeling Better: Women's Health, Employment and Family Life, 1974-2002," at 7 p.m. Monday in Decker Auditorium in Lewis Hall of Science.

Jason Schnittker, the Janice and Julian Bers assistant professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, will evaluate the topic.

Information: 410-857-2293.

Retirement community to exhibit resident's work

Fairhaven is exhibiting the paintings of resident Jane Ireland Weyrauch through March 1 in the Coe Room at the retirement community, 7200 Third Avenue, Sykesville.

An opening reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Coe Room of the campus.

Weyrauch attended the Maryland Institute of Art part-time from 1935 to 1947 and later pursued a career in education.

She had not painted for almost 50 years when she moved to Fairhaven and discovered the art studio there. Weyrauch has painted almost 180 pictures in eight years and is now director of the art studio.

She has won awards for her paintings and has exhibited in the Carroll County Office Building and at the Carroll County and Maryland state fairs.

Information about the exhibit and Weyrauch is available at the Fairhaven reception desk.

Information: 410-795-8800.

'Darker Side of Black' to be shown, discussed

McDaniel College's Office of Multicultural Services is holding its annual film series this year on "Exploring Our Connections: Documenting Our Lives" at 7 p.m. Monday in Hill Hall Room 108.

The film Darker Side of Black will be shown.

Refreshments will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. A discussion of the film will follow the viewing.

Information: 410-857-2791.

Film series begins Tuesday at community college

Carroll Community College will present its Spring Film Series weekly through mid-March in the Scott Center Theater at the 1601 Washington Road campus in Westminster.

The community is welcome to join students and staff at the free screenings of popular movies. All movies begin at 7 p.m. The schedule includes:

Tuesday: Ladder 49, starring John Travolta as a fire chief in Baltimore.

Feb. 15: Shark Tale, an undersea comedy adventure.

Feb. 22: Ray, starring Jaime Fox as singer Ray Charles.

Information: 410-386-8424.

Local teacher's version of Glass' work to be played

The Peabody Wind Ensemble will perform the Philip Glass Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanists and Orchestra, transcribed by Mark Lortz, band and orchestra director at Westminster High School, during its program Wednesday.

The concert will be the world premiere of this particular transcription.

Lortz is a former student of Jonathan Haas, the Peabody faculty member who co-commissioned the Philip Glass original Concerto Fantasy.

Lortz received his bachelor's in percussion performance from Peabody in 1992 and his teacher's certificate in 1995. He is also an adjunct percussionist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Information: 410-751-3630.

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