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May 04, 2006

Art on the run

The lowdown -- At 10 a.m. Saturday, about 30 eccentric vehicles will start lumbering through the city, marking the beginning of this year's Kinetic Sculpture Race. The 15-mile course runs over sand, mud, pavement and water and takes about eight hours to complete. The middle-place finisher wins.

If you go -- Opening ceremonies for the Kinetic Race are 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. For a course map and list of prime viewing spots, visit kinetic baltimore.com. For the museum, call 410-244-1900 or visit avam.org.

Color and light

The lowdown -- Greek photographer Dimitra Lazaridou returns to C. Grimaldis Gallery tonight with her luminous, large-scale color photographs mounted on minimalist aluminum-sandwich panels. Lazaridou's first Grimaldis show, in 2003, presented a series of haunting images taken at night in working-class Athens, Greece, neighborhoods that clearly had seen better days. In those works, her pallette tended toward the electric greens, blues and yellows of industrial outdoor lighting, with its hard-edged shadows. Since then, Lazaridou's pallette has lightened considerably and become more expressive. Most of the images in the current show were made during the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset, when the sun is low on the horizon and casts long, golden-flecked shadows. The city is still her subject, but in daylight it looks like a kinder, gentler place, even though the pictures are devoid of people. In their absence, Lazaridou creates a kind of poetry of potential habitation.

If you go -- Dimitra Lazaridou: Without Borders runs through June 3 at C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St. Call 410-539-1080.

[GLENN MCNATT]

Music for all

The lowdown -- The Handel Choir of Baltimore explores the "French Connection" with a rich program that includes Faure's Requiem and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms, as well as works by Boulanger and Poulenc. The Columbia Pro Cantare will being going Celtic, with music from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as the world premiere of Mary McAuliffe's "An American Odyssey (The Triumph of the Irish Immigrant)". And the Bach Concert Series Choir will offer its monthly serving of a Bach cantata, this one No. 180. In addition to all the choral sounds, there's a solo voice recital, too - Lucas Tannous sings Schumann's Dichterliebe and songs by Strauss.

If you go -- The Handel Choir performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church, Northern Parkway and North Charles St. Tickets are $18 to $30. Call 410-366-6544. Columbia Pro Cantare performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia. Tickets are $20 to $25. Call 301-854- 0107 or 410-799-9321. The Bach concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at First English Lutheran Church, 3807 N. Charles St. Admission free. Call 410-235-2356. The Lucas Tannous recital is at 3 p.m. Saturday at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. Tickets are $8 and $12. Call 410-385-2638.

[TIM SMITH]

More music

The lowdown -- Chamber music fans have several attractive options, including the Poulenc Trio performing a French program of Debussy, Poulenc and Francaix at the Walters Art Museum. Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will play two chamber concerts Sunday - an afternoon of Mozart, Faure and Brahms in Catonsville; an evening of Brahms, Saint-Saens and others in Baltimore.

If you go -- The Poulenc Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Tickets are $20 and $35. Call 410-547-9000. BSO players perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Catonsville Presbyterian Church, 1400 Frederick Road. Free. Call 410-747-6180 or 410-737- 0496. BSO players also perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. Free. 410-744-4034.

[TIM SMITH]

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