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November 11, 1999|By Karin Remesch

'La Traviata'

Enter the glittering world of the Paris demimonde and listen to the story of the consumptive Violetta, a courtesan who gives up the man she truly loves for the sake of his family, when the Baltimore Opera Company presents Verdi's "La Traviata" Saturday through Nov. 21 at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Performances are 8:15 p.m. Saturday and Nov. 19; 3 p.m. Sunday and Nov. 21; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and next Thursday. Tickets are $25-$112. Call 410-727-6000.

BSO spotlights Russian artists

Russian natives Dmitri Kitaenko (guest conductor, pictured) and Evgueni Bushkov (violist) join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in concerts tomorrow through Sunday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The program includes Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 and ballet scores from Stravinsky's Firebird Suite. Hours are 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22-$57. Call 410-783-8000.

Levinson film marathon

Experience stories about the city, as told by one of its celebrated citizens, Baltimore filmmaker Barry Levinson, at the 1999 Maryland Film Festival Marathon Sunday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Watch Levinson's "home" movies -- "Diner," "Tin Men," "Avalon" and others -- from 9:45 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. A mystery screening along with Baltimore cast and crew members is also scheduled. Marathon passes, including souvenir gifts and a boxed dinner, are $45; individual passes are $5-$10. Call for screening schedule, 410-752-8083.

Patterson's Big Block Party

Celebrate the interior demolition of the former Patterson Theater with the Big Block Party from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday on East Avenue at Eastern Avenue in Highlandtown. The wrecking ball is clearing the way for turning the facility into the Patterson Cultural Center, which will house 11 live-in artist studios, a theater, gallery, cafe and offices for the Fells Point Creative Alliance. Afternoon activities include music by Gumbo Junkyard and Mambo Combo (pictured), puppet making, the Great Patterson Pie Eating Contest, hot cider, cold beer and food. Admission is free. Call 410-534-0525.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre

For an evening of African, modern, ballet and jazz dancing blended with political and social commentary, attend a performance by the Lula Washington Dance Theatre at 8 p.m. Saturday in Shriver Hall on Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Baltimore's Will Lynch and the Voices of Heaven join the dancers for a gospel suite after intermission. Tickets are $12-$22. Call 410-516-7157.

World Cup swimmers

Cheer on more than 200 of the world's best swimmers in the FINA/USA Swimming World Cup 1999 meet Wednesday and next Thursday at the Student Recreation Center, University of Maryland, College Park. Olympic-level swimmers from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Sweden and the United States participate. Preliminary events start at 10 a.m., and finals take place at 6:30 p.m. each day. Tickets are $3-$5 for preliminary events; the finals are sold out. Call 410-433-8300.

AROUND THE HARBOR

'Make a Little Room'

Bid on a miniature replica of Haussner's restaurant, a custom dollhouse, or products and services to enrich and beautify home life at the YWCA of Greater Baltimore's "Make a Little Room," a miniature room show and auction. The benefit event starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. Proceeds support the YWCA's Eleanor D. Corner House Shelters for homeless women, children and families. Admission is $25. Call 410-685-1460.

Original art at Art99

More than 100 original works of art by 29 local, national and international artists will be offered at the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's 10th annual benefit event, Art99. Saturday through Nov. 21, you can look at and buy paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and sculptures at the Sheppard-Pratt Conference Center, 6501 N. Charles St. Meet the artists at a preview reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow. Exhibition hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. Tickets for the preview party are $60. Call 410-523-7070.

Jewish Book Festival

Hear Jewish authors, buy best-selling and enduring books of Jewish interest, browse among books, tapes, computer software and a variety of gifts, and enjoy family fun at the 1999 Jewish Book Festival, which started yesterday and runs through Nov. 22 at the Rosenbloom Owings Mills Jewish Community Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Nathan Englander talks about the stories in his debut best seller, "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges," at 7:30 p.m. today. Other topics include "Becoming a Jewish Parent," Rabbi Daniel Gordis, 10:30 a.m. Sunday; and "Calling All Kids!" an afternoon of storytelling with Jennifer Rudick from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Bookstore hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free for the bookstore, $5 for author talks. Call 410-356-5200, Ext. 324.

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