Cosmetics is no stranger to drama...

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February 06, 2005

SUPERSTAR MAKEUP

MAC Cosmetics is no stranger to drama, having made its name with dramatic colors, dramatic lashes and a dramatically large number of new collections a year. The newest is the Beauty Icon 2 series, honoring Diana Ross. (Liza Minnelli was the first honoree last year.)

The collection, which hit stores recently, includes something for just about every aspect of the face, but check out these aptly named shades:

Lipsticks in Miss Ross (mid-range pink frost), Stop! (bright coral luster), Forever Young (a reddish-pink with mauve luster) and Mahogany (deep copper brown frost). $14.

Pro Longwear Lipcolor in Supreme (purplish-brown with shimmer) and Fine and Mellow (deep gold-peach). $19.30.

Sheertone Blushes in Mountain High (terra-cotta) and Celebrity Pink (baby pink). $16.50.

For more information, see the MAC counter at your local department store or go to www. maccosmetics.com.

FASHIONABLE READING

Suede magazine aims to be all things fashion to hip young women of color.

Suede magazine's March issue, its third one, is hitting the newsstands this month. The first two issues, featuring musical artists Alicia Keys and Eve on the covers, show the publication aims for young women of color. Fashion divas will want to sneak a peek of the latest Suede at a nearby magazine rack.

Cool fashion suggestions and lifestyle stories abound for anyone who wants to know what is really going on with today's young women. The March issue will include a spread on "street chic" items from tote bags to knitted mufflers. Suede, which costs $3.50, is produced by Time Inc. and Essence Communications.

NEW DIGS

Sankofa African Bazaar, formerly at 2116 N. Charles St., is moving into a more spacious location at 2442 N. Charles St. this month. The boutique, which began as a weekend shop at the Randallstown Flea Market a decade ago, offers all kinds of clothing from Ghana, owner Esther "Kiki" Armstrong's homeland.

In addition, the shop features items from designers and vendors from across Africa and the world. Elegant designs by Lilak Afric are available. The boutique carries something for everyone --men, women and children -- and has sizes from petite to plus. Sankofa also offers bridal consultation and consultation on fashions for special occasions.

Call 410-685-5774 for hours and more information.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Through March 20

Art exhibit: Lawson Oyekan and the Spirit of Nature is on display at the Maryland Institute College of Art. The show by the Nigerian-born, London-based ceramic artist is sponsored by MICA in conjunction with Baltimore's Tour de Clay. Decker Gallery, 1400 Cathedral St. Call 410-225-2300. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Sunday, Feb. 27

Charles "Big Daddy" Stallings will be joining the Baltimore Blues Society Jam Session 2 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Funk Box, 10 E. Cross St. Admission is free, but donations to the society are welcome. Stallings, 50ish, was raised in rural Hobbsville, N.C., with 10 brothers and sisters. After moving to Baltimore in 1969, he performed with area R&B and jazz bands like the Bluelights and the Arterials. His debut CD release, One Night Lover, hit the stores last year. It's available at Dimensions in Music, 233 Park Ave.; Record Connection, 1833 Pennsylvania Ave.; Jazz West, 6035 Liberty Road, Suite 7; and at www.cdbaby.com / stallingsc. For information on the jam session, call 410-744-2291.

Sunday, March 20

Sweet Honey in the Rock, an internationally known a cappella ensemble, will perform at 3 p.m. at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets for the afternoon of blues, jazz and gospel performances are $22, $32 and $38 (boxes, $44) and are on sale now. Call 410-783-8000 or visit www.balti more symphony. org. If you're a music fan and haven't heard Sweet Honey in the Rock live, consider checking out the concert as a way to round out your weekend. The women of Sweet Honey are dedicated to preserving African-American culture and singing traditions.

Monday, March 28

At 7:30 p.m., soul diva and Grammy Award-winner Patti LaBelle is the featured speaker in the second installment of the five-part Smart Talk Women's Lecture Series, sponsored by The Sun, at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., 410-783-8000. Series rates begin at $139.

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