In her newest novel, "A Day Late...

MEET TERRY MCMILLAN

January 18, 2001|By Karin Remesch

MEET TERRY MCMILLAN

In her newest novel, "A Day Late and a Dollar Short," author Terry McMillan uses the alternating voices of the Price family to chronicle a poignant portrait of family life in contemporary America. Meet the best-selling and award-winning writer ("Waiting to Exhale" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back") at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bethel A.M.E. Church, 1300 Druid Hill Ave. She'll be reading from and signing copies of the new book. Admission is free. Call 410-653-6607.

Wynton Marsalis at the Meyerhoff

Two generations of jazz -- award-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (pictured) and his father, pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr. -- perform in a concert to benefit Learning Independence Through Computers at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Joining them will be Baltimore pianist Ellis Larkins, the Dunbar Jazz Ensemble and other musicians. And artist Joyce Scott will weave stories of LINC's 10-year success through music, movement and emotion. Tickets are $22-$50. Call 410-783-8000.

Heartfest 2001

Sample heart-healthy gourmet food created by area chefs, sip fine wines and dance to the music of Stevie V and the Heart Attackers from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road. Also at Heartfest 2001, meet heart disease prevention advocate and Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Reeves (pictured) and Drs. Lew and Diane Becker, researchers in premature heart disease. Tickets are $75 and proceeds benefit the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. Call 410-653-9895.

Poe birthday celebration

Celebrate the 192nd anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's birth this weekend. The annual birthday bash at Westminster Hall features a concert based on Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado," theatrical presentations of "The Tell- Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat," a bagpipe and drum tribute and a graveside toast. Characters from Poe's stories will mingle with the living throughout the evening, reliving their tales of woe. And a rare exhibit of Poe artifacts is highlighted by a piece of Poe's coffin and strands of his hair. The concert features the Baltimore Bach Society and the Baltimore Men's Choir. The party starts at 7 p.m. Saturday and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Westminster Hall, Fayette and Greene streets. Admission is $20 and $22. Call 410-396-7932.

Tom Paxton at Cellar Stage

Tom Paxton's songs often address injustice and inhumanity and celebrate friends and family. They've been recorded by hundreds of other artists, including Pete Seeger, Willie Nelson and Placido Domingo. You can hear samples of the folk singer / songwriter's work tomorrow when he performs at 8 p.m. at Cellar Stage, St. John's United Methodist Church, 5315 Harford Road. "Ramblin' Boy," "The Last Thing on My Mind" and "Bottle of Wine" are likely to be on the program. Tickets are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. Call 888-843-0933.

'First Arts 2001'

Enjoy a day of workshops, performances and demonstrations, then an evening of music, poetry and theater at Howard Community College's "First Arts 2001." Saturday's showcase of arts features a tea for little ladies, children's mural painting, mask making, African dance, storytelling, films, Chinese brush painting, medieval music, acting classes and more. The above activities and events take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; an exhibit of photography and digital art will be held from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and the evening performance, "A Journey Through the Arts," starts at 7:30 p.m. All events are at the college, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Daytime events are free; evening festivities, including a champagne and dessert reception, are $40 and $50. Call 410-772-4828.

'The Jazz Age in Paris'

Jazz was all the rage in Paris between the two world wars. American singers and musicians such as Josephine Baker, Ada "Bricktop" Smith, Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet (pictured) and others converged on the clubs and cabarets in the City of Light. Learn about the careers of these artists and performers and the American roots of the early jazz movement in Europe at "The Jazz Age in Paris: 1914-1940," a national exhibition on display today through March 1 at the Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Celebrate the exhibit's opening by attending a lecture, jazz-music performances for adults and children and a reception from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The exhibit was organized by the Smithsonian Institution and the American Library Association. Admission is free. Call 410-396-5494.

National ArenaCross Series

Professional ArenaCross riders roar into the Baltimore Arena this weekend, ready to battle "the harshest track ever" in Rounds 15 and 16 in the 34-round 2000 / 2001 series. The nonstop racing action includes the "Dash for Cash" (a four-lap, no rules race) and the extreme jump-off contest (a gravity-defying showcase of stunts some 30 feet in the air). Witness the nitro-burning motorcycles in action at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Racing continues at noon Sunday with local amateur riders testing their skills on the track. Tickets are $8-$16; $2 additional if purchased at the door tomorrow-Saturday. Call 410-481-SEAT.

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