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March 23, 2006

Howard's `Hamlet'

The lowdown -- Shakespeare's Hamlet is a timeless story of revenge and passion. Watch as the play is performed by Rep Stage, the professional theater in residence at Howard Community College. Karl Miller takes the leading role of Hamlet under the direction of Kasi Campbell, both Helen Hayes Award nominees for other performances. The show also features Nigel Reed as Claudius, Valerie Leonard as Gertrude and Kathleen Coons as Ophelia.

If you go -- Performances are tomorrow through April 9 in the Smith Theatre of Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. The shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays (excluding April 8), and at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12-24. Call 410-772-4900 or go to www.howardcc.edu/repstage.

[ANNA EISENBERG]

Ritz Chamber Players

The lowdown -- The Ritz Chamber Players, an ensemble made up "solely of accomplished musicians spanning the African diaspora," will give its first concert in the area as part of a residency at the Baltimore School for the Arts. An alumnus of that school, cellist Troy Stuart, is in the group, which mixes works by African-American composers with the likes of Mozart and Brahms.

If you go -- The concert is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral St. Free admission. More information: 410-625-0403.

[TIM SMITH]

`Femme' all over

The lowdown -- Seems like Femme is this month's busiest art buzzword in Baltimore: It's in the title of three exhibitions of Louise Bourgeois works, at the Walters Art Museum, the Contemporary Museum and Goya Contemporary gallery; it also figured in Femme Effect, the fantastic show of eight women artists, including Valeska Populoh, Amy Sherald and Arnetta Lee, that just closed at Sub-Basement Artist Studios on Howard Street. Now there's Femme Effect Part Deux (that's Part Two to you, or dM-ijM-` vu), a lovely exhibition of paintings by Cara Ober, Valerie Fischler, Lauren Schott, Melissa Dickenson and Dana Reifler at Gallery Imperato in South Baltimore. Like its Sub-Basement namesake, the show's themes are diffuse but relate to women's feelings and experience in intensely personal, individual terms, and with great style.

If you go -- Gallery Imperato is at 921 E. Fort Ave., Suite 120 in the Foundry building. Call 443-257-4166.

[GLENN MCNATT]

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