In honor of the heritage and ongoing cultural contributions of the African-American community, a bounty of events are being held in and around the Baltimore area during Black History Month. These events are designed to highlight black artistry and black life in America.
Feb. 1 "Black Collectibles and Memorabilia," an exhibit drawn from the collection of Marylander Jeanette Carson, will be on display today through Feb. 28 in the second floor gallery of the Central Pratt Library, 400 Cathedral St. Call 396-5494.
"Constructed Images: New Photography by African-American and Latino Artists" is on exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art through March 24. Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission charge except Thursdays. Call 396-7101.
Painter Jacob Lawrence's work will be featured today through Feb. 24 at Dundalk Community College's Gallery, 7200 Sollers Point Road. Lawrence is one of the first black masters of modernism. Others featured are Tina Allen, Schroeder Cherry, Laurence Hurst, Juanita Maldonado, Chevelle Makeba Moore and Ronald Walton. Admission is free. Call 285-9689.
Traditional and contemporary quilts made by African-Americans are on display this month at the Historical Society of Talbot County in Easton. For information call (301) 822-0773.
Author Lucille Clifton will read excerpts from her work at the Howard County Central Library, today from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The program is geared toward children 8 to 12. Admission is free. Call (301) 313-7860.
Feb. 2 KanKouran, a West African dance company, will perform tonight 8 and tomorrow at 4 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Tickets are $6, $5 for BMA members, students and seniors. Call 396-6314.
Actress Vinnie Burrows, will perform "The Song of Lawino," a one-woman show for men only, tonight at 8 at the Columbia Inn. A panel discussion will follow. Call 433-1975.
Jazz pianist Charles Covington will play tonight at 8 at the John Addison Concert Hall, 10701 Livingston Road in Fort Washington. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and students. Call (301) 292-2839.
Feb. 3 Ekpo Eyo, former director of the Nigerian National Museum, will discuss "Mysteries of the Akwanshi," carved anthropomorphic monoliths from Nigeria, today at 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Call 396-6314.
Sankofa Dance Theatre will bring African dance to the Cloisters Children's Museum, 10440 Falls Road today at 2 p.m. Tickets are $4, $3 for CCM members. Call 823-2551.
Feb. 4 The Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., is presenting Eubie Blake memorabilia daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Call 685-3750.
Feb. 6 Walter Hill of the National Archives in Washington will speak on Finding Your Ancestors" today at 5:45 p.m. at the Northwood Branch of the Enoch Pratt Library, 4420 Loch Raven Blvd. Call 396-5494.
"Cry Freedom," a film about apartheid starring Denzel Washington, will be screened tonight at 8:30 in the Decker College Center Pub at Western Maryland College in Westminster. Admission is free. Call 876-2055.
Feb. 7 "Chameleon Street," a new film by Wendell B. Harris, will receive its world premiere tonight at 8 when the Baltimore Film Forum's opens its African-American cinema series at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Admission is $5, $4 for BFF/BMA members, seniors and students. Call 889-1993.
The "1991 Black Living Legends" awards, honoring the contributions of 14 African-Americans in areas such as the arts, science, law and politics, will be presented today at noon at Lexington Market, Lexington and Eutaw streets. Call 669-9077 for information.
"Maryland Blacks in the Civil War," will be the subject of a talk by historian Agnes Kane Callum tonight at 6:30 at the Herring Run Branch, 3801 Erdman Ave. Call 396-5494.
The Eubie Blake 108th Birthday Gala will be held tonight at the Baltimore Grand, 401 W. Fayette St., honoring area citizens dedicated to the arts. Tickets are $50. Proceeds benefit the Eubie Blake Cultural Arts Center. Call 396-7400.
Feb. 8 "Heritage, History and Humor: A Celebration of African-American Culture," a three-week Friday night film series, opens tonight with "The Magic Garden" at the Walters Art Gallery, 600 N. Charles St. All films start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $3, $2 for WAG members. Call 547-9000.
The second annual Scott Joplin Festival, a dance festival featuring Eva Anderson's Baltimore Dance Theatre, will be held tonight and tomorrow night at 8 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Tickets are $15, $12 for BMA members, students and seniors. Call 396-6314.
The Count Basie Orchestra will perform tonight at 8 at Glenelg High School Auditorium, 14025 Burnt Woods Road. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Call (301) 313-5533.