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April 10, 2003

Family

Talents from juggling to unicycling converge Saturday at the Harborplace Street Performers Auditions. Watch performers try to persuade the judges, including members of Cirque du Soleil's Dralion, to hire them for regular performance slots. page 34.

Scene

What better way for Ellen DeGeneres to put all the Anne Heche hoopla behind her than to go back to where she started, on the road as a stand-up comedian? She plays two shows at Lisner Auditorium in Washington next week, honing her material before filming an HBO special in New York. page 28.

DVDs

In need of a Quidditch fix? The DVD for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets might get the job done. Yes, the book was better, but the special effects are eye-catching (especially that Quidditch match), and the variety of games will help pass the time until the fifth book in the hit series comes out in June. page 10.

Music

On her new album, Rules of Travel, Rosanne Cash combines folksy rock sounds with her country-toned past. She'll perform songs from it in two shows next week -- Monday at the Rams Head in Annapolis and Tuesday at the Birchmere in Alexandria.

page 23.

Pick of the week

What: 14th Annual Mayor's Billie Holliday Vocal Competition

Where: Center Stage's Head Theater, 700 N.

Calvert St.

When: noon-4 p.m.

Saturday

Why: It's a chance to hear 14 voices perform some of the Baltimore jazz legend's signature songs; plus, they're playing for cash prizes and opportunities for exposure.

Tickets: Admission is free, but tickets are required. They can be picked up (two per person) at Center Stage from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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