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September 02, 2007

ANTIQUES

27TH ANNUAL BALTIMORE SUMMER ANTIQUES SHOW / / 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. today. Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. $8. 561-822-5440 or baltimoresummerantiques.com

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This show features collections of more than 550 dealers from across the country and the world. Also featured is an antique books fair with 60 dealers offering rare books, first editions, manuscripts, autographs and unusual bibliographical material.

This year's show includes a lecture series. Bookseller Ian Kahn of Lux Mentis in Portland, Maine, will give a talk on "Collecting Your Passion: Adventures with Books."

Kahn, who specializes in first editions, esoterica and heirloom-quality books, spends much of his time focused on collection and library development.

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[MIKE FARRELL]

FILM

DUSK-TO-DAWN MOVIES / / Begins at sundown tonight at The Bengies Drive-In Theatre, 3417 Eastern Blvd. 410-687-5627 or bengies.com

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Every year, the fabulous Bengies Drive-In celebrates the last days of summer with a dusk-to-dawn movie lineup running through Labor Day weekend. Tonight's schedule includes Rush Hour 3, Hairspray, Stardust, Ratatouille and Nancy Drew -- all for only $8 for adults, $4 for kids 10 and younger, free for kids in car seats. Hard to imagine a better deal.

As Maryland's only remaining drive-in theater, the Bengies is a civic treasure, and watching a movie with a celestial canopy as backdrop -- and on the biggest movie screen in the country, no less! -- offers pleasures that can't be duplicated. Owner D. Vogel keeps the atmosphere family-friendly, and as long as you don't run afoul of his policies about outside food and beverage (you can buy a permit to bring in your own food, but the easiest thing is just not to bring any; there's plenty of stuff available at the snack bar), a good time is guaranteed for all.

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[CHRIS KALTENBACH]

TELEVISION

THE CLOSER / / 9 p.m. tomorrow on TNT

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A two-part finale for The Closer, cable TV's highest-rated summertime series, begins tomorrow night with LAPD Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) investigating the death of a high-profile Hollywood divorce attorney -- just as she and husband-to-be, FBI agent Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney), hit a bump in their relationship.

Critically, it's been another winning season for the series, with the producers adding new textures to Chief Johnson, and Sedgwick making us like the sugar-addicted, quirky character more than ever. For those viewers who can't get enough, TNT will offer a 12-hour marathon of episodes starting tomorrow at 10 a.m.

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[DAVID ZURAWIK]

POP MUSIC

MUSIQ SOULCHILD / / 8 p.m. Wednesday. Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. $35 in advance; $39.50 day of the show. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com

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Musiq Soulchild has been one of the more consistent artists lumped into the so-called "neo-soul" category. Since his 2000 debut Aijuswanaseing, the Philadelphia native has evolved nicely as a lyricist and crooner. His latest album boasts another creatively spelled title, Luvanmusiq. And it's studded with charming ballads, including the current hit "Teachme." This tour promises to show more of his artistic maturation.

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[RASHOD D. OLLISON]

ART

MICA FACULTY / / 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Through Sept. 9. Free. In the Decker Gallery of the Fox Building, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1303 Mount Royal Ave. 410-225-2300 or www.mica.edu

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The hardworking artists who teach at MICA need to take time off every once in a while to recharge their own creative batteries.

The faculty Sabbatical Exhibition offers a peek at what they were up to while away during the 2006-2007 academic year.

The show presents works by Chezia Thompson Cager, Lois Hennessey, Margaret Morrison, Piper Shepard, Whitney Sherman, Laurie Snyder, Susan Waters-Eller and Jack Wilgus.

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[GLENN MCNATT]

THEATER

DELTA / / 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $10-$20. Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. 410-752-8558 or theatreproject.org

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This is the U.S. premiere of Delta, a powerful physical theater piece by the Bulgarian movement company Satores & Arepo.

The show, being presented by Theatre Project, follows three women as they face imminent death -- and confront their fears of losing their physical selves. It has been described as a "strangely moving" journey.

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[MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY]

WASHINGTON

SILK SCROLL WATERCOLORS / / 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., now through year's end. Free. Mandarin Oriental, 1330 Maryland Ave. S.W. 202-554-8588 or mandarinoriental.com / washington.

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This exhibit of contemporary watercolor on silk features Vietnamese artist Vu Tuan, who has a fascination with female beauty.

His work illustrates the romance and sensuality of young maidens using bright, lively colors and touches of gold and silver.

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[MIKE FARRELL]

FASHION

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH FASHION SHOW / / Noon - 2:30 p.m. Friday. Radcliffe Jewelers, 1848 Reisterstown Road. $75; VIP ticket $200. Kim Daniele, 410-560-1770 or bfpf.org

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The Belanger-Federico Foundation, which specializes in raising money for pediatric oncology patients and lung cancer research, is hosting a fashion show as part of a weekend-long fundraiser for its "Cool Kids Campaign."

Participants will be presented with the fall fashions of such local boutiques as L'apparenza in Mount Washington, Octavia and Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection in Pikesville, Panache in Lutherville, Growing Up Shoppe in Towson and J Shoes, a shoe designer and distributor in Owings Mills.

As a special treat, VIP ticket-holders will get a meet-and-greet with fashion great Salvatore Ferragamo.

A cocktail reception and luncheon will also be held.

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[TANIKA WHITE]

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