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February 20, 2003|By Mike Morris

American Craft Council Winter Show

Hand-blown glass, clothes, jewelry, lamps and cutlery are just a few of the objects you'll find for sale at the 27th annual American Craft Council Baltimore Winter Show. The event will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 for one day and $18 for two. Children under 12 are admitted free. Call 410-583-5401.

The music that came to America

Soulful Symphony, a performing-arts organization founded by Morgan State University alumnus Darin Atwater, presents "Song in a Strange Land: Spirituals for a New Generation" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, 25 Hopkins Plaza. The program draws from the history of African-American music while extending the music to include Afro-Cuban dance rhythms, Caribbean reggae and bluegrass -- all within a symphonic framework. This is the preliminary concert to the group's inaugural concert season, which kicks off in September. Tickets are $25-$55. Call 410-576-8320.

Yu-Gi-Oh! on tour

Has Pokemon met its match? The folks behind Yu-Gi-Oh! would like to think so. The popular trading-card game, based on Japanese comics, debuted in the United States nearly a year ago. It has since sold more than $300 million in merchandise and has now spawned a 12-stop national trading-card tour. One of those stops takes place this weekend at Towson Town Center, 825 Dulaney Valley Road. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. Features of the tour include "The Magician's Workshop," where fans can answer Yu-Gi-Oh! questions and win cards, and the "Exodia Training Zone," where beginners can receive hands-on instructions on how to play the game.

Snacks with Shakespeare

How about a little Shakespeare during your lunch break? Pack your brown bag and head over to Towson University, 8000 York Road, to see performances of scenes from Macbeth. The show, titled Munch'n Macbeth, takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Towson's Potomac Lounge in the University Union. The program, which includes dance movement, runs one hour and repeats for the second hour.

Mardi Gras at the library

Can't make it to the Big Easy for Mardi Gras? How about Columbia? The East Columbia Branch of the Howard County Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, sponsors a Mardi Gras-themed "Evening in the Stacks" on Saturday, complete with readings and discussions by local authors and poets, including Eugene L. Meyer, Jonathon Scott Fuqua and Gayle Danley. A silent auction, music by the Last Chance Jazz Band and Louisiana-style cuisine from the Elkridge Furnace Inn will also be featured. The event lasts from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased at any library in Howard County or by calling 410-313-7750.

'Pushkin Poetry Slam'

The Great Blacks in Wax Museum presents a "Pushkin Poetry Slam" at 7 tonight. Members of the public are invited to recite a poem / story about a great black person or a great event in black history, or just sit back and listen to others do so. Because the event is part of Baltimore's Vivat! St. Petersburg celebration, extra consideration will be given for any piece about any black person's contribution to Russia. The slam is limited to the first 15 people who sign up at the event. "The Mythbuster" (left) is the host. For more information and rules on participation, call 410-539-7163. Admission is $3. The museum is at 1601 E. North Ave.

'Entertaining with Antiques'

Dealers from as far away as Vermont and Louisiana will be on hand this weekend at the 33rd annual Hunt Valley Antiques Show, offering period American, English and Continental furniture. This year's event, "Entertaining with Antiques," presents guest lecturer Sheila Chefetz, a designer and author who is well known in the antiques world. Shopping lasts from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and continues 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12. The show benefits Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland. Call 410-961-5121 or visit www.armacostantiquesshows.com.

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