The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

February 23, 2006|By ANNA EISENBERG

CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH

The 1971 Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden was put together by George Harrison and featured such music legends as Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and Bob Dylan together on one night. This was one of the first fundraising concerts.

Maryland Public Television is screening the re-released full film of the concert, with newly taped interviews and highlights, this weekend at the Avalon Theatre in Easton and at the University of Baltimore.

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The first screening is tomorrow at the Avalon Theatre, 40 E. Dover St., in Easton. The second is Saturday at the University of Baltimore Student Center, 1420 N. Charles St. Both begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by calling 410-581-4265. The documentary will be televised on MPT at 9 p.m. Monday.

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BRAZIL IN BALTIMORE

Enjoy an Afro-Brazilian weekend at the Creative Alliance. In the 19th century, African slaves in Brazil created a form of dance called Capoeira, which combines dance, martial arts and spirituality. Tomorrow, Baltimore's International Capoeira Angola Foundation will demonstrate this dance form. Afterward, the film Favela Rhythms, made by Mari Gardner, with help from Brazilian youth, will be screened. A discussion of Brazilian class politics, the African religion Candomble and the history of Capoeira will follow. There will also be a showing of photography by Gardner and Kamau Blakney at the exhibit The Face of Dignity and Ceremonial Reflections by the Sea. Other Afro-Brazilian events, including the Carnival Samba Dance Party with samba lessons, Brazilian food and more will be offered over the weekend as well.

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The weekend events begin at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Call 410-276-1651 or visit creativealliance.org for details.

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ANNUAL ART FESTIVAL

WHAT / / 10th annual Celebration of African-American Art and Culture Festival Style

WHEN / / 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE / / Ivy Family Support Center, 3515 Dolfield Ave.

WHY / / Because the festival features the St. Veronica's Youth Steel Orchestra, winners of the Baltimore City Middle Schools' Black History Month Essay Contest, a vendors' market, arts and entertainment. City Council President Sheila Dixon will attend.

CONTACT / / 410-396-4907

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FAMILY FESTIVAL

Experience the culture and traditions of the Caribbean in honor of Black History Month. Because the Caribbean was one of the first places in the New World that Africans inhabited, it played a large role in influencing the culture. The Walters Art Museum hosts an African-American Family Festival on Saturday to celebrate Afro-Caribbean traditions. Festivalgoers can listen to music by the St. Veronica's Youth Steel Orchestra and storytelling by Debra Mims and Bunjo Butler. Caribbean dancing will be taught by the Olu Yemisi and Dancers Company.

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The Walters Art Museum is at 600 N. Charles St. The African-American Family Festival is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 410-547-9000 for more information.

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MONK REVIVAL

WHAT / / T.S. Monk Trio

WHEN / / 5:30 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE / / Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, Route 193 at Stadium Drive

WHY / / Because the son of jazz musician Thelonious Monk will revive his father's music with a free concert.

CONTACT / / 301-405-ARTS

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OPEN MIKE

The Black History Month Committee at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland is presenting an open-mike night tomorrow. The event, which is titled "Xpressions," will feature artists, dancers, musicians, poets and singers who want to share their talents with the audience.

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The event is tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at Gator Alley at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. Call 410-532-5101 for details or to sign up to participate.

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