The Big Three

March 23, 2006

MUSIC

TENORS AT COPPIN STATE

Three Mo' Tenors, an up-and-coming troupe of classically trained African-American vocalists, will perform at the James Walden Johnson Auditorium at Coppin State University on Tuesday in connection with their 2006 national tour. Inspired by the original Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras, Three Mo' Tenors perform traditional operatic music, as well as jazz, gospel, soul, spirituals, new school, Broadway and the blues.

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The performance begins at 7 p.m., Tuesday at the James Walden Johnson Auditorium, Coppin State University, 2500 W. North Ave. Tickets are $45-$75 and are available through the university and Ticketmaster. Call 410-961-3847 or visit ticketmaster.com.

[JESSICA BRANDT]

THEATER

'RADIO GOLF' AT CENTER STAGE

Shortly before he died in October, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson completed his last rewrites on the final installment of his decade-by-decade cycle examining 20th-century African-American life. That play, Radio Golf, begins performances at Center Stage tomorrow and is expected to open on Broadway in April 2007.

Set in 1997 in the same area of Pittsburgh -- the Hill District -- where most of Wilson's other plays take place, Radio Golf is about a pair of real estate developers who are hoping to have the district declared "blighted," so they can gentrify it. First, however, they must deal with an old man who refuses to surrender his house -- a dwelling with historic and cultural significance that is far greater than mere bricks and mortar.

Kenny Leon, who directed this production in Los Angeles and Seattle, continues that work here. The cast includes Denise Burse, Anthony Chisholm and James A. Williams, all returning to Center Stage, and Rocky Carroll and John Earl Jelks.

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Show times at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 7:30 p.m. most Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays and 1 p.m. April 12, through April 30. Tickets are $10-$65. Call 410-332-0033 or visit centerstage.org.

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

FESTIVAL

MARYLAND DAY IN ANNAPOLIS

Sunday, in celebration of Maryland Day, the Historic Annapolis Foundation will offer a variety of free, family-oriented activities at several sites. The festivities are part of the foundation's annual festival celebrating Mary- land's history and heritage, and will take place at the William Paca House and Garden at 186 Prince George St., the Museum Store at 77 Main St., the Barracks at 43 Pinkney St., the St. Clair Wright Center at 99 Main St. and the Waterfront Warehouse at 4 Pinkney St. Crafts and demonstrations will run continuously throughout the afternoon.

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Events will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at all locations. For more information, call 410-267-8146 or go to annapolis.org.

[JESSICA BRANDT]

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