The Free Sheet

THE FREE SHEET

October 12, 2006|By KRISTIN GRAY

A ROUNDUP OF REGIONAL FREEBIES

SERENADE OF CULTURES

Amikaeyla Proudfoot Gaston serenades audiences with a blend of jazz, folk and rhythm and blues Saturday at the University of Baltimore. Drawing from the sounds of African-American and American Indian cultures, Gaston delivers a rendition of Rudyard Kipling's The Elephant's Child. The performance includes original songs with Gaston acting as a singer, storytelling griot and percussionist. Gaston's adaptation of The Elephant's Child unifies artistic expression and sign language into an interactive educational experience for children and adults. In addition to her innovative restructuring of Kipling's work, Gaston is also an accomplished chanter and has performed at the Festival of Sacred Chanting and Singing at the Dalai Lama's request.

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The event is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the University of Baltimore, Student Center Performing Arts Theater, 21 Mount Royal Ave. Reservations required; call 410-837-5420.

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HISTORY AT HAMPTON

Visit Hampton National Historic Site on Sundays through November for historic walks and living history demonstrations. Walks guided by park rangers will include the Colonial farmhouse, the original slave quarters and family cemetery. Also, rangers will discuss the daily life of enslaved African-Americans and the ultimate demise of the Ridgely estate. In addition to the 45-minute walking tours, actors will depict the lives of indentured servants. Children can take part in activities including leaf identification and period games.

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The free walks are noon-4 p.m. Sundays through November at the Hampton National Historic Site, 535 Hampton Lane, Towson. Call 410-828-0157 or go to nps.gov / hamp.

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ARTS FOR THE YOUNG

Families with children ages 5 to 12 are invited to the Baltimore School for the Arts' Artreach Family Day on Sunday. The event will showcase interactive workshops and demonstrations from professional artists and teachers. Several arts will be featured, including dance, voice, acting, stage production, visual arts and instrumental music. An instrument petting zoo, musical bingo and several informal performances by BSA students will also highlight the educational experience.

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The event takes place Sunday at the Baltimore School for the Arts, 712 Cathedral St. Sign-in begins at 1:30 p.m. and workshops are 2 p.m.-4 p.m. To register for workshops, call 410-396-1185 or go to bsfa.org

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SPEAKING OF BEETHOVEN

Edward Polochick is not only an internationally recognized pianist and conductor. He is also eager to share his knowledge and will give a talk about Beethoven on Wednesday at the Weinberg House. Polochick, director of Concert Artists of Baltimore, will include several musical interludes in his discussion. Light refreshments will be served. The lecture is part of the Pikesville Library's Friends Cafe Speaker Series of talks with Maryland journalists, artists and musicians.

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The event is at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Weinberg House, 16 Old Court Road, Pikesville. Call 410-887-1234 or go to bcplonline.org.

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WILDLIFE FESTIVAL

WHAT / / Patuxent Wildlife Festival

WHEN / / 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE / / The National Wildlife Visitor Center, 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, off Powder Mill Road, Laurel.

WHY / / Because visitors can interact with animals, take wildlife conservation tram tours and behind-the-scenes research tours of the center and participate in craft activities

CONTACT / / 301-497-5898 or patuxent.fws.gov

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FALL ARTS AND CRAFTS

WHAT / / Catoctin Colorfest

WHEN / / 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE / / Three locations: Community Park, the Guardian Hose Company Activities Grounds and Thurmont Middle School, all off Route 15 in Thurmont.

WHY / / Because it's fall, and there will be more than 360 stands of unique arts and crafts, including wood carvings and primitive furniture at the 43rd annual Colorfest

CONTACT / / colorfest.org

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