You can dance if you want to Sunday at the Maryland Historical Society's Community Festival. Members of the Sankofa Dance Theater will give African and Brazilian dance lessons and lead a community dance. You can also tour the new exhibit At Freedom's Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland. Extensions of Faith Choir will perform, and a griot will be on hand to entertain families. Artists-in-residence Arvie Smith and Joan Gaither (pictured) will lead painting and quilting workshops.
Events run noon-4 p.m. Sunday at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. Snow date is Feb. 18. Call 410-685-3750, ext. 321, or go to mdhs.org
WHAT / / "The Writings on the Wall" visual arts exhibition and discussion featuring artist Aniekan Udofia
WHEN / / 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday
WHERE / / Essex campus, Community College of Baltimore County, B Building, second-floor lobby, 7201 Rossville Blvd., Rosedale
WHY / / Because Udofia's work critiques urban America by incorporating images of Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G. and other hip-hop stars.
CONTACT / / 410-780-6572
DIP INTO CHOCOLATE
Indulge your sweet tooth Wednesday at the Village Learning Place. This month's 2nd Wednesday program is "Chocolate: Dip Into the World of Chocolate From Beans to Bonbons." Guests can spend their Valentine's Day sampling confections from choc- olatier Ma Petite Shoe and seeing a presentation by author Phil Grout on the cocoa-growing Kuapa Kokoo Cooperative in Ghana. Grout will also discuss his book Harvest of Hope, which tells the co-op's story.
The event runs 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul St. Call 410-235-2210.
EARLY 'ROAD WARRIORS'
History comes to life at Enoch Pratt Free Library's Central Library this weekend when African-American veterans join author Louis S. Diggs to discuss Diggs' book Forgotten Road Warriors. The book tells the story of the 231st Transportation Truck Battalion, an all African-American unit from Baltimore that began in 1879 as a military club before its 1882 acceptance into the Maryland National Guard. The 231st saw action in the Spanish American War, World Wars I and II and the Korean War. A book signing will follow the discussion.
The discussion and signing begin at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Poe Room, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Call 410-396-5430 or go to www.epfl.net / events / blackhistory .html
Like gumbo, New Orleans jazz is a hearty stew made from African and Caribbean ingredients. Towson University serves a heaping helping tonight as part of the nationwide "Looking at Jazz, America's Art Form Film Series." Tonight's installment, "New Orleans and the Origins of Jazz," kicks off the series at its only Maryland venue. Guests will watch Ken Burns' Gumbo, which tells the story of jazz's birth in the Big Easy. Towson jazz professor Dave Ballou will join guest panelists for discussion after the screening.
The event begins at 8 tonight in Room 2079, Center for the Arts, Towson University, Osler and Cross Campus drives, Towson. Call 410-704-2831 or go to lookingatjazz.com
WHAT / / Morgan State University Choir concert celebrating Black History Month
WHEN / / 2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE / / Graham Auditorium, Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St.
WHY / / Because Reader's Digest named the Morgan State University Choir "America's Best College Choir" in 2004. The choir has performed in Prague, London, Paris and St. Petersburg, Russia. Eric Conway will lead this hometown performance. Seating is limited.
CONTACT / / 410-547-9000, ext. 236, or thewalters.org