Luther Vandross Spend an evening with singing star...

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January 10, 2002|By Karin Remesch

Luther Vandross

Spend an evening with singing star Luther Vandross and enjoy a blend of ballads, jazz, funk and R&B -- beginning at 7:30 tomorrow and Saturday at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Since his solo debut in 1981, Vandross has delivered such chart-topping hits as "Here and Now," "Endless Love," "Power of Love / Love Power" and "Don't Wanna Be a Fool." Tickets are $65.50-$75.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Rembrandt Peale portrayal

Trace the life of Rembrandt Peale, a renowned 18th- and 19th-century artist whose work included portraits of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Peale, who founded the Peale Museum (now defunct) in Baltimore in 1814, will be portrayed in a musical biography by historical interpreter Paul Skotarsk at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hampton National Historic Site. Learn how the artist became a man of science and one of America's first entrepreneurs, and discover his connection to the famous Lady With a Harp portrait of Eliza Ridgley. Admission to the one-hour family program is free. Hampton, a 63-acre park with an 18th-century mansion, 28 historical outbuildings and elaborately landscaped grounds, is at 535 Hampton Lane in Towson. Call 410-823-1309.

'Three Tall Women'

An imperious, frequently cantankerous 92-year-old bedridden woman shares her recollections of her privileged but difficult life with two mysterious women, who often contradict her story with memories of their own. Such is the plot of Edward Albee's meditation on feminine perseverance, Three Tall Women. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play will be presented tomorrow through Feb. 10 in the Pearlstone Theater at Center Stage, 600 N. Calvert St. Most shows are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays (no matinee Jan. 13). Tickets are $10-$48. Call 410-332-0033.

'The Graduate'

The Graduate, starring Kathleen Turner, made London theater history by breaking all box-office records for advance ticket sales of any play in the West End. Now you can be among the first in this country to watch Turner's portrayal of the sultry Mrs. Robinson, who seduces college graduate Benjamin Braddock (played by Jason Biggs). En route to Broadway, the stage production makes its United States debut today through Jan. 20 at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, 25 Hopkins Plaza. The role of Mrs. Robinson's daughter, Elaine, will be played by Alicia Silverstone. Times vary. Tickets are $17.50 to $60. Call 410-752-1200.

Fishing Expo & Boat Show

Talk angling with the experts and climb aboard more than 350 bass and saltwater fishing boats today through Sunday at the 18th annual Fishing Expo & Boat Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, York Road in Timonium. Browse retail exhibits and discover a huge array of freshwater, saltwater and fly-fishing tackle. Bass-fishing seminars will be led by Jimmy Houston and other experts, and salt-fishing seminars will be presented by Mark Sosin. Also, you can test your casting skills at a pond stocked with trout. Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 and $8. Call 410-838-8687.

King tribute concert

"Let Freedom Ring" on Tuesday when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Maryland Commission on African-American History and Culture present the 16th annual concert in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The musical tribute to the life and work of the legendary civil-rights leader features Leslie Dunner (right) conducting and pianist Terrence Wilson (above) performing Ravel's jazz-infused Piano Concerto in G major. Also showcased on the program are several vocalists, including soprano Detra Battle and baritone Robert Cantrell. The With One Voice Ecumenical Choir will perform "Kumbaya," "Lift Every Voice" and selections from Songs of the Slave. The choir will also lead the audience in a sing-along titled "We Shall Overcome." The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $5, free ages 6-12. Call 410-783-8000.

'Sleeping Beauty'

The beautiful princess will still prick her finger and sleep for 100 years -- until she's awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince. But when the Children's Playhouse of Maryland presents a new musical version of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, the story will be laced with humor and upbeat songs. Beginning this week, the show will be presented as a lunch-theater event on Saturdays and select Sundays through March 31 at the Conference Center on the grounds of Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, 6501 N. Charles St., Towson. Lunch will be served at noon; the show starts at 1 p.m. Tickets are $12 for lunch and show, $9 for show only. Call 410-321-6595.

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