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Scene: Clubs, Bars, Nightlife

August 19, 2004|By Annie Linskey

Cheryl Wheeler concert

Listen to homegrown folk star Cheryl Wheeler croon at Center Stage tomorrow night.

The Timonium native is donating the concert to the 15th anniversary of Moveable Feast -- a Maryland nonprofit that serves meals to AIDS patients in the state. The organization distributed more than half a million meals last year. All proceeds will benefit the charity.

Wheeler, whose songs have been preformed by Bette Midler and others, is "just going to get up there and play until she's done," said Joe Berg, who is helping to promote the event.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and Wheeler is scheduled to go on at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $25.

Center Stage is at 700 N. Calvert St. Call 410-332-0033 for tickets or visit

Brit Pop party

Stuck in an Austin Powers rut? Missing Oasis? Or Blur? Join your brethren Saturday at the Black Cat in Washington for the club's occasional Brit Pop dance party called Mousetrap. Dancers get their groove on starting at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8. Work it, baby.

The Black Cat is at 1811 14th St. N.W. in Washington. Call 202-667-7960 or visit

You're getting drowsy

For comic relief, check out hypnotist Flip Orley, who will be putting people under his spell at the Improv during performances tonight though Sunday. He hypnotizes audience members -- putting them in "an extreme state of relaxation" -- and persuades them to behave, well, differently.

It takes about 15 minutes to hypnotize selected audience members -- a process that everyone sees.

Beware, in some cases members of the audience who were not selected become hypnotized at their seats, said Amanda Maurer, a staff member at the Improv who has seen several of Orley's shows. Each show is about 90 minutes.

The first show will be at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $12. There will also be shows at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. tomorrow; 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15.

The Improv is at 6 Market Place at Power Plant Live. Call 410-727-8500 for tickets.

-- Annie Linskey

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