The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

March 29, 2007|By GENA CHATTIN

THE SOUND OF WOMEN

Celebrate black women in song with the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland this weekend at the symposium and concert series "This Is Her Story ... This Is Her Song." Composer and vocalist Dr. Diane White leads the series. Guests can join experts from across the country in considering contributions to art song, gospel, jazz, rap and other forms. Events include discussions, interactive workshops and recitals. Shuttles will be available from points in Prince George's County and Washington.

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Free symposium events run 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. today through Saturday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland, University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. There is, however, a charge for ticketed evening concerts. Call 301-405-ARTS or go to claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.

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EASTER EGG HUNT AT DRUID HILL

WHAT / / The 10th annual City of Baltimore Recreation and Parks Easter Egg Hunt

WHEN / / 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE / / Druid Hill Park, 3001 East Drive

WHY / / Because the kids can hunt for eggs, get their faces painted, play games and more. Parents can shop for Easter blooms and plants at the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore.

CONTACT / / 410-396-7900 or www.ci.baltimore.md .us / government / recn parks

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HANDEL AND ELVIS

WHAT / / "Brass in the 50s -- Music of 17, 18 and 1950" by the Towson Brass Ensemble

WHEN / / 8:15 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE / / Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, Towson University, Osler and Cross Campus drives, Towson

WHY / / Because you can hear the greatest hits of Handel, Brahms, Verdi, Stephen Foster, Shostakovich and Elvis in one place.

CONTACT / / 410-704-2787 or centerfor thearts.towson.edu

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BAYSOX KICKOFF

Sluggers young and old can have a blast at the Bowie Baysox's eighth annual Baysox Free Family FunFest. Baysox mascot Louie will join SpongeBob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer and Nemo in welcoming fans to the baseball season's unofficial kickoff. Kids can play carnival games, enjoy unlimited use of the Kids Park, play on giant, inflatable games and rides and more. Fans can also try out the season's ballpark cuisine. Samples of cotton candy, Italian sausages and fruit smoothies will be available.

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The event will run 10 a.m.-2 p.m. rain or shine Saturday at Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Northeast Crain Highway, Bowie. Call 301-805-6000 or go to baysox.com.

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BLOOMING ART

Artists interpret works of the great masters in many mediums, but in flowers? Thirty-five local garden clubs try their hand at the task this weekend as part of the Walters Art Museum's 18th annual "Art Blooms: The Fragrance of Flowers." Floral arrangements interpreting the works of Monet, Pissarro, Tiffany, Ingres, Barye and others will be on display throughout the weekend.

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Floral works will be on view 11 a.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Call 410-547-9000, ext. 305 or go to thewalters.org.

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ALICE MCDERMOTT READS

She's already won the National Book Award and been a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Next week, author Alice McDermott will appear at Loyola College to read from her works and to accept the college's Andrew White Medal for her contributions to Maryland's literary tradition. Guests may pose questions after the reading. McDermott is the author of Charming Billy, That Night, The Bigamist's Daughter, At Weddings and Wakes and After This. She is also on the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars faculty.

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The event begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Fourth Floor Program Room, Andrew White Student Center, Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St. Call 410-617-5025 or go to loyola.edu.

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