February 04, 2007


"Meditations on African Art: Light" -- More than 40 objects from the Baltimore Museum of Art's African art collection, including a Yoruba bead painting by artist Jimoh Buraimoh, a Fante gold staff from Ghana and alabaster vessels from ancient Egypt, will be illuminated through April 1 at the museum, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. 443-573-1700 or for hours.

Feb. 4

Black Heritage Art Show -- Displays by artists, jazz and gospel music, poetry readings and more, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. $5; free for ages younger than 5. 410-521-0660 or

Earl Klugh -- The jazz-fusion guitarist plays at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $33.50. 410-268-4545 or

Feb. 4, 9-11, 16-18

"Pill Hill" -- Samuel Kelley's theatrical tale of six black steel-worker friends in Chicago who share their dreams. Presented by the Arena Players at 801 McCulloh St. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. $15. 410-728-6500 or arenaplayers

Feb. 6-11

Alvin Ailey dancers -- Dance performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 7 p.m. Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7-10, 1:30 p.m. Feb. 10-11 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Opera House, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. $30-$79. 800-444-1324 or

Feb. 7

Author talk -- Harriet A. Washington will discuss her book Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans From Colonial Times to the Present at 7 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, central library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. Free. 410-396-5430 or

Feb. 8

Hip-hop film -- The film Breakin' In: The Making of a Hip-Hop Dancer follows three young black women competing for roles in hip-hop music videos, 12:30 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College, Careers Center, Room 284, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Free. 410-777-2807 or

Feb. 9-10

"Going the Distance" -- The Smithsonian Discovery Theater presents the inspiring stories of black Olympians Jesse Owens and Wilma Rudolph at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 9 and at 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at Morgan State University, Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Drive. $11. 443-885-4440.

Feb. 10

"Boys of Baraka" -- Film-showing and discussion, 2 p.m. at Morgan State University, Communications Building, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane. Free. door.

Theatrical readings -- Baltimore School for the Arts students and other city high school students will share real-life slavery stories, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, second-floor theater, 830 E. Pratt St. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1875 or africanamerican

Black History Month concert -- The Morgan State University Choir performs under the direction of conductor Eric Conway, 2 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum, Graham Auditorium, 600 N. Charles St. Free. 410-547-9000.

Feb. 11

"Red Dress Sunday" -- The event, designed to raise awareness of heart disease among blacks, takes place at 22 area churches. Attendees are encouraged to wear red. 410-368-3271 or for list of churches.

Feb. 18

Jimmy Cobb -- The jazz drummer will speak and then perform with his band, Cobb's Mob, 4 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. $27; $25 for seniors and members; $10 for students. 410-385-5888 or balti for tickets. Reservations required. 443-573-1818 or

Sisters in the Spirit -- Gospel-music concert features singers Shirley Caesar, Kelly Price, Angie Stone, Dorinda Clark Cole, Nicole C. Mullen and Yvonne Capehart, 7:30 p.m. at the 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $37.50-$39.50. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster .com.

Feb. 20

Soweto Gospel Choir -- The South African ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $25-$62. 410-783-8000 or baltimoresymphony .org.

Feb. 22

"Black Jeopardy" -- Participants can test their knowledge of African-American history and culture, 2 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College, dining hall, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. Free. 410-777-2511 or

Feb. 23

The O'Jays -- An evening of soul music, beginning at 9:30 at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Doors open at 8 p.m. $55; $60 day of show. 410-244-1131 or

Feb. 24

Festival -- Visitors will listen to and learn about jazz rhythms, hear storytellers, create their own instruments and make jazz-inspired artworks at the All Jazzed Up festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Free. 410-547-9000.

March 2

Nikki Giovanni -- The poet speaks and signs copies of her new poetry book, Acolytes, 6:30 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, central library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. Free admission. 410-396-5430 or

March 2-3

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