The week ahead

July 17, 2006

TODAY

NAVY CONCERT -- The Commodores, the Navy's jazz ensemble, will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. The group includes 18 of the Navy's top jazz and big band musicians. 202-433-2525 or www.navyband.navy.mil.

CHURCH CONFERENCE -- New Psalmist Baptist Church expects about 8,000 attendees at its annual Kingdom Conference, which runs through Wednesday at the Baltimore Convention Center. The convention includes a Caribbean Market Place opening at noon. 410-945-3000 or newpsalmist.org.

TOMORROW

BOOK READING -- Award-winning author Dan Fesperman will read and sign copies of his newest book, The Prisoner of Guantanamo, at 6:30 p.m. in the Poe Room of the Enoch Pratt Free Library's central branch, 400 Cathedral St. Fesperman, who is on book leave from The Sun, has written three previous books. 410-396-5494 or www.epfl.net.

WEDNESDAY

JAZZ CONCERT -- The Eubie Blake Small Ensemble will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mondawmin Mall's Center Court, Liberty Heights Avenue and Gwynns Falls Parkway. The free concert is part of the mall's "Jazzy July" series.

THURSDAY

LATINO BUSINESS FORUM -- The first Baltimore County Hispanic/Latino Procurement Forum will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Holiday Inn Select, 2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium. The free event is intended to provide information to members of the Hispanic/Latino business community about contracting opportunities in the county and surrounding areas. R.S.V.P. is recommended by Monday. 410-887-5577.

STRING CONCERT -- McDaniel College will present the Mariner String Quartet in concert at 8 p.m. in Baker Chapel on the Westminster campus. The Washington-based quartet brings together the principal string players from the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra: violinists Nicholas Currie and Phanos Dymiotis, violist Michael Strauss and cellist Adam Gonzalez. Tickets are $5 at the door. 410-857-2294.

FRIDAY

ARTSCAPE -- Baltimore's annual summer arts festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary in the area surrounding the 1200 block of Mount Royal Ave. Hours for the free festival are today and tomorrow from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Fireworks are set for 10 p.m. tonight. 877-BALTIMORE or www.artscape.org.

SATURDAY

DRUM AND BUGLE CONTEST -- Shenandoah Sound Drum and Bugle Corps will present Sounds of the South at 7:30 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. The drum and bugle competition will benefit the local band programs for Glen Burnie and Arundel high schools, Arundel Instrumental Music Association and the Chesapeake Argonauts Drum and Bugle Corps. The cost is $10 in advance, and $12 at the gate. 703-850-4125 or www.ShenandoahSound.org.

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