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October 09, 2003|By SUN STAFF

Indian Dance Festival

Kick up your heels Saturday at the Indian Dance Festival at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Catonsville. Everyone is invited to join in the Garba, Dandiya and Bhangra dances, or simply watch. Men will be wearing kurtas, or flowing knee-length shirts. Women will wear traditional ghagard or choli dresses, ornately patterned fabric dresses. Dancers will encircle a small statue of a goddess that stands in the middle of the room.

During the Garba dance, an emcee will play Indian music as participants form the circle and dance. For the Dandiya dance, people will create music with sticks, sometimes dancing slowly and sometimes quickly. The Bhangra dance, a typical Punjabi dance, is a celebratory and animated drum-beating dance.

Prizes will be awarded to best-dressed male, female and couple, best dancers and most enthusiastic dancers.

There also will be Indian snacks -- both vegetarian and non-vegetarian -- at the festival, which is sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the Association for India's Development.

The dance festival kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday at UMBC, University Center Ballroom, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Catonsville. $5-$10. Call 410-455-3397.

-- Lori Sears

Salute to transition

The difficulties of readjusting to life at home after a tour of duty in Vietnam are explored in a pair of one-act plays by James McLure, opening tonight in a production by the Unmentionable Theatre at Meadow Mill.

Presented jointly under the title Southern Comfort and set in a small Texas town, Lone Star features an all-male cast (Jesse Hull, Tony Gallahan and Peter Puglisie), and Laundry and Bourbon features their female counterparts (Sarah Beth Cassel, Sarah Constable and Briana Ratterman). Direction is by Benjamin Pohlmeier.

"Southern Comfort" is presented in the Mobtown Theatre (formerly AXIS), 3600 Clipper Mill Road. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 19. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 410-242-8856.

-- J. Wynn Rousuck

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