Dave Brubeck and the Choral Arts Society Help celebrate...

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March 22, 2001|By Karin Remesch

Dave Brubeck and the Choral Arts Society

Help celebrate jazz legend Dave Brubeck's 80th birthday and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society's 35th anniversary at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The highlight of the celebration is the local premier of Brubeck's "The Gates of Justice," a work for brass ensemble, jazz quartet and chorus. The Dave Brubeck Quartet will also perform such jazz classics as "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," and Choral Arts Society director Tom Hall will conduct the group's full chorus in a sampling of choral favorites. After the concert, Brubeck will greet guests at a private dessert reception. For concert tickets, $15-$50, call 410-783-8000. For the reception, $50, call 410-523-7070.

Family festival, book signings at the MHS

A family festival Saturday and a Maryland Day celebration Sunday with signings by authors of books on Maryland's history are on tap this weekend at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. At the family festival, called "Snapshots in Time: A Celebration of Photography," you can explore the history of photography through crafts, hands-on activities and a tour of the exhibition "Maryland in Focus: A Photographic History, 1839-2000." Hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is $5. Adult and children's book authors will share their expertise about Maryland's history from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Among the authors scheduled to attend the Maryland Day Book Festival are Gilbert Sandler, Peter Svenson, Eugene L. Meyer, Suzanne Greene Chapelle and Eric Mills. Admission is free. Call 410-685-3750, Ext. 321.

Contemporary Print Fair

For a selection of original prints at all price levels, attend the 12th annual Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive at North Charles Street. Twenty art dealers from around the country will offer works created by leading contemporary artists and emerging innovators in printmaking. The event starts with a preview party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Entrance to the fair is $5 and $10 and includes museum admission. Tickets for the preview are $40 and include admission to the fair on Sunday. Call 410-396-6347.

JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

"If I Lie" (above) is one of eight films to be shown at the 13th annual Baltimore Jewish Film Festival, Saturday through April 12 at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. The French romantic comedy, about a man mistaken for a Jew, will be shown Tuesday, April 10. The festival's lineup also includes films from Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States. Screenings range from a documentary revealing the hidden history of Nazi persecution of homosexuals to a poignant 19th-century tale of a Jew who is a social outcast even among his own people. "Left Luggage," a Belgian-Dutch film that tells the story of a nonreligious Jewish woman who gets involved with a Hasidic family in 1970s Antwerp, kicks off the festival at 8:30 p.m. Saturday and repeats at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets to all screenings are $6. Call 410-542-4900, Ext. 239.

Greek Independence Day Parade

Dancing troupes in ethnic costumes, children's groups, marching bands, military units, politicians and Orthodox clergy will fill the streets Sunday in Baltimore's Greektown for the annual Greek Independence Day Parade. Commemorating 180 years of Greek independence and celebrating Greek heritage, the colorful parade steps off at 2 p.m. on Eastern Avenue at Haven Street, winds along Ponca Street and disbands near St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Ponca. Stay around for post-parade festivities. Admission is free. Call 410-633-2583 or 410-633-7773.

Steeplechase season opens

Take a picnic, spread out a blanket and cheer on the horses as they thunder by. The 2001 Maryland Governor's Cup Steeplechase Season begins Saturday with the Howard County-Iron Bridge Race Meet at Meriwether Farm, 14944 Roxbury Road in Glenelg. The meet features a variety of races, including flat, timber and junior rider. Post time is 12:30 p.m., gates open at 10:30 a.m. and a tailgate contest will be judged at noon. General admission is $20 a car. Call 410-489-7826.

'The Sound of Music'

The hills will be alive once more when the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music," the story of the singing von Trapp family, is performed Tuesday through April 1 at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Barry Williams, best known as Greg Brady in the television series "The Brady Brunch," stars as Capt. Georg von Trapp, head of the family. Shows are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $26-$56. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Billy Harper Quintet

Jazz sounds will mix with bebop and gospel music when the Billy Harper Quintet performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Madison St. The quintet is composed of Harper, right, on tenor saxophone; Eddie Allen, trumpet; Francesca Tanksley, piano; Clarence Seay, bass; and Newman Taylor Baker, drums. The concert is sponsored by Jazz in Cool Places. Tickets are $12-$20. Call 410-235-9733.

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