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September 15, 2005|By Anna Eisenberg

Clifford on stage

Children's favorite oversized canine stars in Clifford the Big Red Dog LIVE! at the Hippodrome Theatre tomorrow and Saturday. Clifford joins his friends -- adored favorites such as Emily Elizabeth, Cleo and T-Bone -- on stage to present a charming new story created for his first live tour. The audience will sing along while learning lessons about friendship and teamwork.

Performances are at 7 p.m. tomorrow and at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. Tickets cost $28 and are available at the Hippodrome Theatre box office or any Ticketmaster outlet. Call 410-547-SEAT or 800-551-SEAT or order online at www.broad

A classic `Pinocchio'

Sam Donnenberg plays the wooden puppet who longs to become a real boy as Pumpkin Theatre begins its 38th season with the classic story Pinocchio. Baltimore playwright David Rawlings Brown adapted the story for this production. Cast includes Michael Himelfarb as Geppetto, Shannon Wolman as the Cat, Chuck Graham as the Fox, Tanner Blaise as the Cricket and Lauren Spencer-Harris as the Blue Fairy. This musical production, directed by Todd Pearthree, will be performed at the Hannah More Arts Center at St. Timothy's School and is suitable for all ages.

The Hannah More Arts Center at St. Timothy's School is at 8400 Greenspring Ave. in Stevenson. Shows will be performed at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 24 and 25. Tickets can be purchased for $11 in advance by calling 410-828-1814. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $12.

African-American Cultural Festival

Visitors can enjoy history, music, food, storytelling and homemade goods at the African American Cultural Festival in Towson on Saturday. Soul music songwriters Ashford and Simpson headline the performances; the festival also presents high school bands and other musicians. Notable exhibits include Historic Settlements and a Buffalo Soldiers display. Buses are available for tours of memorable communities. Visitors can also learn about African-American culture from the many historical photos, books and artifacts on display.

The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking lots are off Susquehanna Avenue in Towson.

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