December 03, 2006

Through December

Kwanzaa celebrations -- Visitors to Enoch Pratt Free Library branches and the Central Library will learn about the principles and traditions of Kwanzaa. Free. 410-396-5430 or for dates, times and locations.

Dec. 3

Cave Canem poetry reading -- 2003 Cave Canem poetry prize winner Kyle Dargan and National Book Award recipient Lucille Clifton celebrate the 10th anniversary of Cave Canem, an organization of Afri can-American poets, and the publica tion of the new anthology Gathering Ground at 2 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, Wheel er Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. Cave Canem poets from the area will read from their works at the event. Reception and book-signing in the Poe Room after the program. 410-396-5430 or www.

FOR THE RECORD - A listing in the December/January issue of Unisun and yesterday's issue of LIVE named the wrong conductor for Tuesday's Soulful Symphony tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Andrew Constantine will conduct the program, and Darin Atwater will be host.

Dec. 7

African drumming -- Music di rector Amadou Kouyate and the Uni versity of Maryland School of Music's African Drum Ensemble present a concert of West African rhythms, 7:30 p.m. at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Ina and Jack Kay The atre, University of Maryland, Stadi um Drive and University Boulevard, College Park. Free. 301-405-ARTS or claricesmith

A Soulful Christmas -- Concert features Ray Parker Jr., Warren Hill, Eric Darius and Brian Culbertson with Bobby Caldwell, 8:30 p.m. at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show begins at 8:30 p.m. $40 day of show; $35 in advance. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadli

Dec. 7-9

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Perform -- Choreographer Brown and his dance company present Blue print of a Lady: The Once and Future Life of Billie Holiday with Nnenna Freelon at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and an all-Evidence program featuring "Order My Steps," "Truth Don' Die" and "Grace" at 8 p.m. Dec. 8-9 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. $14-$38. 800-444-1324 or kennedy-cen

Dec. 8

Soulful Symphony performs -- Conductor Darin Atwater leads the Soulful Symphony in a performance of Duke Ellington's version of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and Quincy Jones' gospel version of Handel's Messiah, 8 p.m. at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Ca thedral St. $15-$35. 410-783-8000 or balti

NPR's A Jazz Piano Christmas -- Pianists Allen Toussaint, Cedar Walton, Eric Reed, Jovino Santos Neto and Tigran Hamasyan and Geoffrey Keezer (with vocalist Nancy King) perform holiday songs at the annual concert. Concert is at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the John F. Ken nedy Center for the Performing Arts, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. $30. 800-444-1324 or ken

Dec. 9

Colin Currie -- The Scottish per cussionist lectures at 2 p.m. and per forms works inspired by traditional African drumming at 3 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Mu seum Drive. Free. 443-573-1700 or

Soulful Symphony performs -- Conductor Darin Atwater leads the Soulful Symphony in a performance of Duke Ellington's version of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and Quincy Jones' gospel version of Handel's Messiah, 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tucker man Lane, North Bethesda. $18-$55. 877-BSO-1444 or bsoatstrath

The Colors of Christmas Con cert -- The third annual WSMJ Smooth Jazz Christmas concert fea tures Peabo Bryson, James Ingram, Stephanie Mills and Deniece Wil liams, 8 p.m. at the Hippodrome The atre at the France-Merrick Perform ing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. $38 and $53. 410-547-SEAT or ticket

Author talk -- Joy King, author of Dirty Little Secrets, will speak and sign copies of her book, 2 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1531 W. North Ave. Free. 410-396-5494 to register or go to

Dec. 10

Morgan State Christmas con Cert -- Conductor Eric Conway leads the Morgan State University Choir in its annual Christmas con cert, 4 p.m. at Morgan State Universi ty, Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Ar gonne Drive. $10-$25. 443-885-4440 or

Dec. 15

Christmas Jazz -- Concert fea tures Frank Wess, Mulgrew Miller, Brooks Tegler, James King and Vince McCool, 8 p.m. at the Rams Head Tav ern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $32.50. 410-268-4545 or ramshead

Dec. 16

Holiday celebrations -- Cul tural presentations, performances and holiday stories at the program Festival of Lights: Celebrating Di verse Holiday Traditions, in celebra tion of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Diwali and Ramadan, noon-4:30 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Mary land African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. Free with museum admission: $8; $6 seniors and college students; free for ages 6 and younger and museum members. 443-263-1800 or africanamerican

Dec. 17

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