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March 16, 2006

2 Hot Art Chicks

The lowdown -- In a pluralistic art world, there's plenty of room for out-of-the-ordinary artworks imbued with a Baltimore aesthetic. Lisa Marie's realistic Irish landscapes, decorative furniture embellished with figures and forest creatures, and hand-painted screens, all on view at 2 Hot Art Chicks in Hampden, don't fit into any neat category, but they are lots of fun. This is the first show this year for the gallery that opened last year and has just inaugurated monthly exhibitions. There will be Irish music at the opening tonight from 6 to 9. The show runs through March 31.

If you go -- 2 Hot Art Chicks gallery is at 820 W. 36th St. 410-235-1888.


`Hot Feet' in D.C.

The lowdown -- Tickets are on sale for Broadway-bound dance musical Hot Feet, written by Tony-nominated Maurice Hines and Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White. The production, which features some of the band's most celebrated music (including "After the Love Has Gone," "September" and "Shining Star"), will also introduce six new original songs. With dialogue written by MTV's Heru Ptah, Hot Feet follows ambitious young dancer Kalimba as she confronts obstacles on the path to stardom. Vivian Nixon has the lead role.

If you go -- Hot Feet runs Tuesday-April 9 at the National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W, Washington. Tickets, priced at $41.25-$81.25, can be purchased at the National Theatre box office and through Telecharge at 800-447-7400 or telecharge. com. For more information, call 202-628-6161.


BCO's Mozart

The lowdown -- The Baltimore Chamber Orchestra will join in the worldwide chorus of "Happy Birthday, Dear Wolfgang" -- Mozart was born 250 years ago -- with a performance of his Symphony No. 41. BCO music director Markand Thakar conducts the program, which includes the Piano Concerto No. 1 by Shostakovich with Moscow-born Boris Slutsky as soloist. There's also room for a string orchestra piece by contemporary composer Aaron Jay Kernis.

If you go -- The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. Tickets are $28; discounts for seniors and students. Call 410-426-0157 or visit baltchamber


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