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March 09, 2006

Surrealist artworks

The lowdown -- Cut flowers, fruits and shells that levitate above glass coffee tables or hover weightlessly over breakers on a beach, plants with stems that disappear into nothingness before reaching their pots - these sound like the surreal hijinks in the paintings of Salvador Dali or Rene Magritte. But these fantastic happenings are the creations of Baltimore artist Jeremiah Stermer, whose canvases that mix precise realism with flights of fancy go on view Sunday at University of Maryland University College. Stermer offers an up-to-date vision of the hidden reality that lies beyond ordinary perception in these beautifully rendered surrealist confections.

If you go -- The Elegant Surrealism of Jeremiah Stermer runs through June 18 in the Arts Program Gallery of the Inn and Conference Center, University of Maryland University College, 3501 University Blvd. E., Adelphi. Call 301-985-7937.

[GLENN MCNATT]

Organ recital

The lowdown -- Not yet 30, Paul Jacobs, chairman of the organ department at New York's Juilliard School, is an exceptional organist known for marathon programs that last up to 18 hours. To dedicate the new P.J. Murphy organ at St. Mark's Lutheran Church on Sunday, Jacobs will play a normal-length recital that includes works by Bach, Reger, Widor and Durufle.

If you go -- Paul Jacobs performs at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul St. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-752-5804.

[TIM SMITH]

`The Rainmaker'

The lowdown -- N. Richard Nash's American classic The Rainmaker opens tonight at Washington's Arena Stage. Set on a parched ranch during the Dust Bowl era, the play focuses on the Curry family and the effect of an outsider who arrives claiming he can end the drought. Lisa Peterson directs a cast headed by Broadway actors Johanna Day and Frank Wood (a Tony Award winner for his work in Side Man), with Michael Lawrence as the title character.

If you go -- Show times at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. S.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and most Sundays, and noon March 21, 22 and April 5, through April 9. Tickets are $46-$60. For more information, call 202-488-3300 or go to arenastage.org.

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

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