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March 30, 2006

The civil rights story

The lowdown -- The musical If This Hat Could Talk depicts the story of the

civil rights movement through the eyes of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, an activist who was the president of the National Council of Negro Women for more than 50 years. Height is portrayed by Grammy Award-winning singer Stephanie Mills (Dorothy in The Wiz). The production, which stops at the Lyric Opera House starting Tuesday, is directed by Tony Award-winner George Faison, known for his work on The Wiz and Porgy and Bess. Faison has also worked with Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis.

If you go -- If This Hat Could Talk runs Tuesday through April 9 at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday through April 7, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on April 8 and 5 p.m. on April 9. Tickets are $19-$45.50 and can be purchased at the Lyric Box Office or by calling 410-547-SEAT or visiting ticketmaster.com.

[ANNA EISENBERG]

Sexton's last reading

The lowdown -- Go to Goucher College to hear a recording of poet Anne Sexton's last reading, which was given at Goucher on Oct. 1, 1974, three days before she committed suicide. Refreshments will be served after the reading.

If you go -- "A Re-Reading with Anne Sexton" will be held tomorrow from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, in the Kelly Lecture Hall. Call Goucher College at 410-337-6000 for details.

[ANNA EISENBERG]

Hartigan at Grimaldis

The lowdown -- Painter Grace Hartigan returns to C. Grimaldis gallery with Portraits from the Masters, New Paintings, contemporary reinterpretations of works by old master artists from Bosch to Ingres. More than 20 years ago, former Sun critic John Dorsey described Hartigan's art as "a rare combination of the constant and the changing. The absolute mastery of craft and the artistic roots in abstract expressionism are the constants. Her openness - her willingness to experiment and to draw in the whole world past and present for subject matter and inspiration - has been the source of unending renewal." The current show bears out the enduring truth of Dorsey's assessment, bringing us a Hartigan-imagined tour of art history that is instantly recognizable as uniquely her own yet completely fresh and unmistakably of the moment.

If you go -- Portraits from the Masters is at C. Grimaldis gallery through April 29, 523 N. Charles St. Call 410-539-1080.

[GLENN MCNATT]

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