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March 13, 2003|By Sun Staff

Vonda Shepard at Avalon Theatre

The Historic Avalon Theatre in Easton features singer Vonda Shepard at 8 p.m. Sunday. Shepard's music hit the mainstream when she became the featured performer at the bar on the television show Ally McBeal. The talented singer, who is also a songwriter, has performed with stars such as Chaka Khan and Jackson Browne. Her albums include From Ally McBeal and Chinatown, her most recent work. The Avalon Theatre is located at 40 E. Dover St. Tickets are $35. Call 410-822-0345 or 410-481-SEAT.

Austin, Clark at Rams Head

Remember Patti Austin? She of the oh-so-soulful, chart-topping "Baby Come to Me" (with James Ingram) and a few other R&B hits? She's appearing at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St. in Annapolis. Her performance will be centered on her latest album, a well-received tribute to jazz great Ella Fitzgerald. Tickets are $44. On Sunday, country star Roy Clark takes to the Rams Head stage. Shows are 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call 410-268-4545.

Vivaldi's 'The Four Seasons'

The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra continues its 20th- anniversary celebration with its fourth concert of the season next Wednesday. With a performance of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, the orchestra will spotlight guest conductor Isaiah Jackson, music director of the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, and violinist Jonathan Carney, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's new concertmaster. The concert takes place at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road. It begins at 8 p.m. and will be preceded by a lecture at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $8 to $26. Call 410-426-0157, or visit www.baltchamberorch.org.

Feast, Famine, and the Female Form'

To celebrate Women's History Month, the folks at Baltimore Museum of Art want to teach girls and young women that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. "Feast, Famine, and the Female Form" is a one-day tour through the museum's collection, with an emphasis on different ideals of the female body throughout history. The program, which takes place Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., includes a workshop in which participants can mold their own ideal image with wire and clay. The BMA is located at 10 Art Museum Drive. Admission is $5 and $7. Call 410-396-6322 or visit www.artbma.org.

Michael Winslow at the Improv

Comedian Michael Winslow, known by his fans as the "Man of 10,000 sound effects," will bring in the noise at the Baltimore Improv today through Sunday. Winslow, who played officer Larvelle Jones in the Police Academy movies, has a unique talent for making sound effects with his voice. He's now on the comedy-club circuit and making records. His latest album is the concert film Michael Winslow: Comedy Sound Slapdown, which features the comedian imitating famous actors and Hollywood personalities. Show times are 8 p.m. today, 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $17 and $20. The Improv is located at 6 Market Place. Call 410-727-8500.

'Shark Quest' at the aquarium

Dude! Did you know that more than half of all sharks are smaller than the average first grader? This is just one of the many facts you can learn about sharks at the National Aquarium's newest "adventure," Shark Quest. Visitors can touch a live bamboo shark, talk with underwater divers as they feed sting rays, and chat with actors relaying information about their characters' experience with sharks. Opening Saturday and lasting through December, Shark Quest aims to dispel all the common myths about sharks and to encourage conservation initiatives. Tickets range from $9.50-$17.50. The aquarium is located at Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays. Call 410-576-3800 or visit www.aqua.org.

Coin and Currency Show

For all of you coin aficionados, the 31st annual Spring Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention is coming to town this weekend and expects to bring in more than 1,000 dealers. Highlights include a rare coin and currency auction, educational lectures and seminars, and free appraisal and evaluation clinics. Kids 12 and under can even bring home some free cash by grabbing a fistful of coins from the Kid's Bucket. The event takes place at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call 301-424-1876 or visit www.hometown.aol.com / BaltimoreCoinShw for more information.

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