Don't Miss

DON'T MISS

November 30, 2006

`RENT' IS DUE

The lowdown -- Rent, the late Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical adaptation of La Boheme, returns to the Lyric Opera House tomorrow for five performances. Modeled after the practice in New York -- where Rent is the seventh longest-running show in Broadway history -- seats in the first two rows are available for $20 each. These tickets must be purchased at the box office, two hours before curtain time on the day of the performance, for cash, and are limited to two tickets per person. Larson's musical, which was released as a motion picture last year, transposes the opera's story from 19th-century Paris to 20th-century New York. Heading the touring cast are Declan Bennett and Harley Jay as roommates Roger, a songwriter, and Mark, a filmmaker, and Krystal Brown as Roger's love interest, Mimi, an exotic dancer.

If you go -- Showtimes at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., are 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets other than the limited $20 seats are $35-$69. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to tick etmaster.com.

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

Dance concert

The lowdown -- Towson University Dance Company members will perform ballet and contemporary routines this weekend as part of the college's Winter Rejoicing Dance Concert. The program includes Day Dreams by guest choreographer Dion Wilson, Daisy Chain by Rachael Maragoudakis, City Rhapsody by Stephanie Powell and others.

If you go -- The Winter Rejoicing Dance Concert is 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Towson University's Stephens Hall Theatre. The college is at 8000 York Road in Towson. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $10 for students and those 60 and older and $5 for children 12 and younger. Call 410-704-2787 or go to towson.edu/centerforthearts.

Macbeth's clowns

The lowdown -- Packed with physical comedy and circus acts, 500 Clown Macbeth has a short run at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center this weekend. In the show, three clowns compete for the privilege of playing Macbeth. The performance is part of the College of Arts and Humanities' Semester on Comedy and Humor.

If you go -- 500 Clown Macbeth performances are 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at CSPAC, at Route 193 and Stadium Drive in College Park. Tickets are $30 and $7 for students. Call 301-405-ARTS or go to claricesmithcenter.umd .edu for more information.

Literature lives at concert

The lowdown -- Local bands, spoken-word poets and authors are teaming up tonight to prove literature still has plenty of power. The free event, called Lit's Not Dead, is a part of Free Fall Baltimore and features performances by Olu Butterfly Woods, Mike Cook, the Donegal X-Press, Jason Tinney and others.

If you go -- Lit's Not Dead is 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. today at Maryland Institute College of Arts' Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. Free. Call 410-274-5691 or go to citylitproject.org.

Black poetry celebration

The lowdown -- The Cave Canem Poetry Prize is now in its 10th year, and to celebrate, National Book Award winner Lucille Clifton and 2003 Cave Canem recipient Kyle Dargan will join other readers for "Gathering Ground: A Cave Canem Poetry Reading." Held in the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Wheeler Auditorium Sunday, the free reading features other Cave Canem poets from the Baltimore-Washington area. There also will be a reception and book signing after the program. Cave Canem encourages and supports African-American poetry.

If you go -- The reading is 2 p.m. Sunday at the library, 400 Cathedral St. Call 410-396-5430 or go to www.epfl.net.

[SAM SESSA]

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