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Putting artists in spotlight


Center Stage and a handful of area businesses will shine the spotlight on local artists ranging from bossa nova musicians to sculptors in an art party at the theater March 1.

The organizers of the extravaganza, called Project One, are to unveil their plans during a news conference today.

Project One will be "about raising awareness of the [Baltimore] cultural community," says Charisse Nichols, the Gen Next coordinator for Center Stage who has spent a year working on the project. "We don't know of anybody else who has an art party like this one."

The unique properties of the theater on Calvert Street - a six-story building with a variety of rooms - will help. Painters, sculptors, disc jockeys, musicians and others, all with strong Baltimore ties, will perform or display their work throughout the building, and guests may sip wine and sample international cuisine as they stroll from room to room.

A bossa nova band will perform at ground level, a Balinese dance troupe on the fifth floor. Guests will able to visit a "DJ-enhanced fashion show" on the fourth floor, where models will show off costumes from the Center Stage collection. Visual artists will include David Page, a sculptor/professor who lives in Baltimore, and young painters such as Maryland Institute College of Art graduate Rafael Sassi, who will return from New York.

Enhanca, a multimedia marketing firm, Ixia restaurant and Urbanite magazine will be among the sponsors.

"Project One is the kind of concept you might see manifested in New York, Atlanta or Washington, D.C.," says Caprece Jackson-Garrett of BR Market Launch, a marketing firm involved in the project, "but we want to generate that kind of energy in the new Baltimore."

Tickets are $25.

Information: 410-986-4012.

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