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February 27, 2003|By MIKE MORRIS & ANNA KAPLAN

Choral music

The Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra Association, In collaboration with the Children's Chorus of Maryland, will perform a joint concert with Russia's Galaktika youth choir at 2p.m. Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hail, 1212 Cathedral St. Galaktika, based In St. Petersburg, is a choir of young women, 21 of whom are in Baltimore as part of a cultural exchange. The event is part of the citywide Vivat! St. Petersburg celebration. The concert, titled "Antiphony of Youth," will feature Russian folk songs as well as works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Mussorgsky. Tickets are $15 general admission, $7 for students and seniors. Call 443-463-1499.

Salute to maids

Beverly Mclver's new paintings depicting the experience of black Southern maids will be on display at the C. Grimaldls Gallery, 523 N. Charles St., Wednesday until March 29. The paintings are based on McIver's conversations with women who spent their entire working lives as domestics; she also Interviewed some of their employers. Mclver's "maids project" arose from her wish to spend more time with her mother, Ethel Mclver, who spent 50 years in other people's kitchens and laundry rooms. A reception for the exhibit, titled Mammy, How l Love You, takes place from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Call 410-539-1080.

Meet Dorothy Hamill

Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill performs from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mimi DlPietro Family Skating Center in Patterson Park. Hamill, a Mount Vernon resident, won the Olympic gold medal at Innsbruck in 1976. She will meet fans and sign autographs a half-hour before the show, which is being presented as a celebration of Baltimore living, In conjunction with Live Baltimore and the Department of Recreation and Parks. After Hamill's performance, attendees are invited to skate from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults; $15 for an adult and a child ($5 for each additional child). Call 410-637-3750, Ext. 12.

'tick, tick...BOOM!'

After writing an acclaimed modern musical, what do you do for a follow-up? Jonathan Larson, 1996 Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner for Rent, next told the story of "a young composer on the brink of turning 30 and falling into oblivion." So goes the plot of tick, tick...BOOM!, opening at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, 25 Hopkins Plaza, on Tuesday and running until Sunday. The national tour stars Christian Campbell, Wilson Cruz and Nicole Snelson. Show times vary. Tickets are $12.50-$55. Call 410-481-SEAT, or visit www.themechanic.org.

Home, craft shows

Had enough winter? The 21st annual Maryland Home and Garden Show joins forces with the 12th Maryland Spring Craft Show to help improve your home and maybe your attitude about the weather. Both events run concurrently this weekend and next weekend at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. More than 600 exhibitors will help you learn everything from how to grow an orchid to how to make quilts. Tickets for both shows are $9 general admission, $8 for seniors, $2.50 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under 6. Call 410-863-1180 or visit www.mdhomeandgarden.com for more Information and hours.

Sweet Honey

In the mood for some sweet honey? Well, make your way to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., at 7:30 tonight for Sweet Honey in the Rock. The all-female, African-American a cappella group delivers gospel, blues and jazz. The Grammy-winning group's 30th anniversary CD is The Women Gather. Tickets are $22-$44. Call 410-783-8000.

Interpol Plays The Recher

It's hard to listen to Interpol without being reminded of post-punk pioneers such as Joy Division. This quartet of New Yorkers plays dark, intense rock-and-roll as backdrop for intelligent and catchy lyrics, and there's enough originality and quality in its work to help it transcend the Joy Division comparison.

On Monday, Interpol's tour to promote its debut album, Turn on the Bright Lights, makes a stop at the Recher Theatre, 512 York Road in Towson. The show is open to all ages. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the music starts at 8 p.m. The Raveonettes are the opening act. Tickets are $15. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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