The cat's meow It could be catastrophic if you miss the...

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January 06, 2000|By Sarah Kickler

The cat's meow

It could be catastrophic if you miss the International Cat Association's show Saturday and Sunday at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center, 5625 O'Donnell St., Baltimore. Pedigreed, rare and household pet cats will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and a variety of cat products will be for sale. The event benefits local shelters, such as Special Felines, Montgomery County Humane Society and C.P.R. Society for Cats. Rescued cats and cats from the shelters will be available for adoption. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children 3 to 12 and free for children younger than 3. Call 800-582-4044, Code 00 or e-mail showcats2000@hotmail.com for more information.

Gospel music exhibit

"Lord Keep Me Day by Day: A Legacy of Faith," an exhibit examining the growth of African-American gospel music in Baltimore, opens tonight at Central Library/State Library Resource Center of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Traditional and contemporary gospel music by Tommy Roberts and Friends is the entertainment at the opening reception tonight at 6. The exhibit includes items from the collection of radio personality Pauline Wells Lewis, affectionately known as "Aunt Pauline," including recordings, photographs and letters. Lewis' career of more than 40 years included time as DJ on WSID and host to both national and local gospel performers. For more information, call 410-396-5494.

Woodworking show

Is it time to replace those outdated or worn-out woodworking tools? Then check out the Baltimore Woodworking Show tomorrow through Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Beginner or advanced, hobbyist or professional, every woodworker can find turning, carving and finishing materials and supplies to suit his or her skill level at discount prices. In-depth, three-hour help sessions are also available on topics from "Solid Wood Case Construction" to "Design and Build a Workbench." There will also be 27 mini-seminar demonstrations on the show floor, as well as 10 workshops on topics such as caricature carving and building an Adirondack chair. Tickets will be sold at the door and cost $8, with children 12 and younger admitted free. Each three-hour session costs $55, and advance registration includes free show admission. Call 800-826-8257 to register and for more information about the show. Show hours are tomorrow noon to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The face of art

Get to know new faces -- and help sculpt one -- tonight at 5 at About Face!, the first First Thursday event of the year at the Baltimore Museum of Art. This "Freestyle" event explores portraiture, and participants can build features onto a map of the human face, using chalk mixed with starch. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome. Call 410-396-6320.

`Choreopoem' comes to Center Stage

Ntozake Shange's "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf" comes to Baltimore's Center Stage tomorrow and runs through Feb. 13. Shange has described her 1974 work as a "choreopoem" that examines the lives of seven African-American women. This production is being interpreted by Broadway veteran George Faison. Preview performances begin with tomorrow's 8 p.m. show; the official opening night is Jan. 12. Call 410-332-0033 for tickets and information.

Around the harbor

A tour of the aquarium

Even if you've been to the National Aquarium a hundred times, you'll see something new if you take the Behind-the-Scenes Tour on Saturday. Guides will explain the details that keep the exhibits going and how the staff cares for the 10,000 animals in the collection. You'll wind around pipes, hoses and tanks to get a closer look at the aquarium's inner workings. Comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes are advised for the tour, which takes place from 9: 30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Ages 12-adult welcome. Tickets are $10 for members, $18 for nonmembers. Call 410-727-FISH.

Magic of the flute

Flute phenomenon Emmanuel Pahud and guest conductor/violinist Jaime Laredo join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for performances tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore. Pahud performs Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major and joins BSO flutist Mark Sparks in a performance of Doppler's Andante and Rondo for Two Flutes. Laredo joins BSO concertmaster Herbert Greenberg on Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor. Tickets are $22 to $40 and are available through the BSO ticket office in the Meyerhoff lobby, by phone at 410-783-8000 or online at www.baltimoresymphony.org.

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