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April 14, 2005|By Annie Linskey

Crafts at Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Craft Show opens today at the National Building Museum in Washington. More than 100 American craft artists have works on display. Wood-turning demonstrations are new this year, and works by five Maryland artists will be shown.

The National Building Museum is at 401 F St. N.W., Washington. Visit www.smithsoni for more information. Show hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today and tomorrow; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show.

Meet the authors

Prominent authors, including Steve Coll, the 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner for Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, will convene in Baltimore on Saturday for the City Lit Festival. There will be readings, workshops and interviews with roughly 20 literary types at the central Enoch Pratt Free Library.

The event runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The central Enoch Pratt Free Library is at 400 Cathedral St. Call 410-396-5430.

Audio art

Gallery Four has a new show of audio-themed works. In one room, a microphone hangs from the ceiling and records bits of sound that are played back on a 10-second loop. In another exhibit, artist David More reconstructed bits of audiocassette tape found in Baltimore neighborhoods. More pieced the tapes back together and dubbed them so visitors can listen to the discarded (or lost) sounds.

The title of the show, 39:17:41.017N/76:37:17.022W, refers to the GPS coordinates of the gallery. The show runs through April 22.

Gallery Four is on the fourth floor at 405 W. Franklin St. Hours are by appointment. Call 410-962-8941.

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