Gregory Hines at the Meyerhoff Enjoy a program of song...

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February 24, 2000|By Karin Remesch

Gregory Hines at the Meyerhoff

Enjoy a program of song and dance when Gregory Hines performs today through Sunday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The tap-dance master, movie and television star, film director and Tony Award-winning Broadway actor presents a spectrum of his talents at 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $26-$64. Call 410-783-8000.

African-American Grand Tour

Travel back in time to observe Baltimore's past on the fourth annual African-American Grand Tour. Buses depart at 9 a.m. today and tomorrow from the NAACP National Headquarters, 4805 Mount Hope Drive, Seton Industrial Park. Participants will witness Harriet Tubman's role as the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad; experience the tragic results of a pre-Civil War slave auction; revel in the sounds of "the Avenue" during its jazz-era heyday; question North Pole explorer Matthew Henson; and relive the turbulent 1960s with civil-rights heroes. The 4 1/2 -hour tours are sponsored by Renaissance Productions and the Great Blacks in Wax Museum. Tickets are $30 and include lunch. Call 410-728-3837.

Delving into 'The Male Intellect'

After years of sold-out houses in Denver, 18 smash months in Chicago and 10 months in Boston, playwright and actor Robert Dubac brings his examination of male-female relationships to the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. The show runs Tuesday through March 5. Aided by five alter egos, Dubac takes the audience on a 90-minute journey through the gender gap, attempting to answer the question "What do women want?" Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through March 4, 5 p.m. March 4, and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 5. Tickets are $15-$42.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Chuck Mangione, twice

Grammy Award-winning jazz great Chuck "Feels So Good" Mangione will give a 90-minute workshop for musicians beginning at 1 p.m. Monday in the Arts and Humanities Recital Hall, Essex campus, Community College of Baltimore County, 7201 Rossville Blvd. At 9 p.m., he'll perform soothing jazz on his fluegelhorn at the Bayou Blues Cafe, on the Avenue in White March. Both programs are part of the college's Chancellor's Real Jazz Series. The workshop is free; tickets for the evening performance are $60 and include dinner. For workshop reservations, call 410-780-6521; concert tickets, 410-780-6742.

Hunt Valley Antiques Show

Browse among period American and English furniture, decorative arts and collectibles at the Hunt Valley Antiques Show, which benefits the Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland. The 30th anniversary show at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, off Interstate 83 on Shawan Road, also features lectures, tours, a loan exhibition and a silent auction. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10. Call 410-366-1980.

'Art' at the Mechanic

For a witty portrait of modern art and old-fashioned friendship, check out Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning comedy "Art" at the Mechanic Theatre, Hopkins Plaza, Tuesday through March 5. Actors Cotter Smith, Jack Willis and Judd Hirsch portray three prosperous, middle-aged, longtime friends who come to blows over the value of an expensive piece of art. Curtain times are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $11.50 to $46.50. Call 410-752-1200.

Charlie Byrd Memorial Concert

Pay tribute to Charlie Byrd, pictured, and listen to some of the late jazz great's favorite music -- from bossa nova to Cole Porter and Irving Berlin tunes -- at the Charlie Byrd Memorial Concert, 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ram's Head Tavern, 33 West St. in Annapolis. Leading the celebration will be Charlie's brother Joe Byrd and Chuck Redd, the surviving members of the Charlie Byrd Trio. Also performing are Robert Redd, Steve Abshire and Mike Shepherd. Tickets are $20. Call 410-268-4545.

AROUND THE HARBOR

African-Americans in the War of 1812

Enjoy living-history performances based on the life of an African-American sailor during the War of 1812 at 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, 844 E. Pratt St. From noon to 4 p.m., visitors also can participate in a role-playing activity that examines how African-American families' lives were changed by the conflict. And children can dress up as American defenders of Fort McHenry or as British marines. Admission is $5; $4 seniors; free for children. Call 410-837-1793.

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