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January 09, 2003|By Mary Carole McCauley and Helen B. Jones

'Ain't Misbehavin' ' at Center Stage

Musical great Fats Waller described himself as "285 pounds of jam, jive and everything." And the larger-than-life sound that he created will be on unabashed display when the Tony Award-winning Ain't Misbehavin' plays at Center Stage tomorrow through Feb. 16. Four singers, including the redoubtable E. Faye Butler, will perform such standards as Honeysuckle Rose and Black and Blue. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and most Sundays. Tickets are $10-$55. Call 410-332-0033 or visit

BSO pays tribute to King

Freedom will ring at 7:30 p.m. Saturday -- and trill and thrum -- during the 17th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. tribute concert at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The program, conducted by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Lara Webber, will include 16-year-old violinist Gareth Johnson (whose fiddling has won raves from the New York Times) and the With One Voice Ecumenical Choir. Tickets are $5; free for children ages 6 to 12. Youngsters ages 5 and younger will not be admitted. Call 410-783-8000 or visit

FOR THE RECORD - An article in the Live section of yesterday's Sun listed an incorrect telephone number for a benefit concert for Heart's Place Homeless Shelter featuring Zeala, an all-woman funk band. The correct number is 410-375-7325. The Sun regrets the error.

Fishing Expo and Boat Show

Reel in hard-to-find tackle, boats, motors, trailers and other must-haves for anglers at the 19th annual Fishing Expo and Boat Show at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium today through Sunday. The show also includes dozens of seminars, on such topics as chumming for rockfish, jigging for sea trout, understanding sonar and fishing from shore in Ocean City. 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 $8 for adults, $4 for children 10-14, free for children under 10. The fairgrounds are located at York and Timonium roads. Call 410-838-8687 or visit

Play that funky music, Zeala

Zeala, which bills itself as "the incredible, danceable, all-women funk band," will perform Saturday with its characteristic melding of funk, bluegrass and jazz at a benefit for Heart's Place Homeless Shelter. The event begins at 8 p.m., and also will include performances by Baltimore folk divas Joanne Stato and Margie Roswell. The site for the benefit, St. John's United Methodist Church, 5315 Harford Road, prohibits smoking and alcoholic beverages. Concert-goers are asked to bring a donation of nonperishable food, clothing or bedding. Tickets are $5 (students) and $7. Call 410-735-7325.

BMA showcases European art

After the post-holiday excess, it's a relief to look at artwork extolling the beauty of fleshy women. On Sunday, the Baltimore Museum of Art's collection of 15th- through 19th-century European masterpieces will be reinstalled in its newly renovated galleries in a show called A Grand Legacy: Five Centuries of European Art. The $1.9 million project included the installation of skylights, an enhanced lighting system and restored woodwork to better showcase masterpieces by such artists as Botticelli, Rembrandt, Durer, Rodin and van Dyck. The BMA is located at 10 Art Museum Drive, near Charles and 31st streets. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, and until 8 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. Admission is $7, $5 for seniors and college students, free for those 18 and younger. Call 410-396-7100 or visit

An operatic 'Hansel and Gretel'

Are your kids eating you out of house and home? Then you might sympathize with the problem experienced by the witch in Hansel and Gretel -- if not with her solution. Engelbert Humperdinck's operatic treatment of this classic fairy tale will be performed this weekend by the Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore. For the past decade, MOCB has been providing an outlet for professional and amateur singers from every corner of the community. Show times are 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Brown Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian Church, 6200 N. Charles St. Tickets are $22 general admission, $17 seniors, $14 students with ID and children. Call 410-329-6874 or visit

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