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November 18, 2007

FILM

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR -- 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Van Bokkelen Hall auditorium, Towson University, 8000 York Road. Free. 410-704-3755 or towson.edu/emf

Norman Jewison's adaptation of the rock opera-turned-Broadway play divided audiences on its release in 1973. Some praised it as an adaptation faithful to both the substance and spirit of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's original work, which strove to make contemporary heroes of Jesus and his apostles (save for Judas). Some protested the film, insisting that its portrayal of a Jesus who was as much man as God bordered on the sacrilegious. Others dismissed it as too hippy-dippy, with its minimalist desert sets and its framing sequences, which feature the cast arriving and departing the set on a school bus.

Tomorrow night's screening is part of the Music/Musicians/Musicals Fall Film Series, sponsored by Towson's Department of Electronic Media & Film. Faculty member Danny Mydlack will serve as host and lead the post-film discussion.

[CHRIS KALTENBACH]

ART EXHIBIT

HENRY COE -- 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. Through Nov. 24 at C. Grimaldis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St. Free. 410-539-1080 or cgrimaldisgallery.com

Henry Coe's landscapes of rural Maryland, Maine and France seem so unpretentious you can easily overlook the masterful, painterly calm they embody. Coe doesn't go in for splashy effects, but every effect he does employ is exactly right for its expressive purpose. The overall feeling is one of quiet contemplation and an appreciation for the telling detail in these big-hearted landscapes that seem to open onto the infinite.

[GLENN MCNATT]

FASHION

FASHION ON THE WATERFRONT -- 4 p.m.-7 p.m. today. Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum, 1417 Thames St. $40 per person; $70 for two. 202-396-3520 or gwaba.net/sharrone

Designer Sharrone Mitchell, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, will present her collection of avant-garde designs during a night of music, poetry and fashion at the Maritime Park Museum. The evening's proceeds will benefit the Baltimore chapter of Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization that helps disadvantaged women find jobs by providing them with career tools and professional attire.[TANIKA WHITE]

POP MUSIC

R. KELLY -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday. 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $45-$100. 410-547-7328 and ticketmaster.com

One of the most controversial R&B stars of the past decade, R. Kelly is on the road promoting his latest release, the uneven Double Up. In May, the CD made its debut atop Billboard's pop charts, catapulted by the hit single "I'm a Flirt." In addition to his current smashes, the native Chicagoan has a slew of other salacious R&B jams that will surely please his fans, including "Bump 'n Grind" and "Your Body's Callin'."

[RASHOD D. OLLISON]

CLASSICAL

BORIS SLUTSKY -- 3:30 p.m. today at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 N. Charles St. Free. 410-744-4034 or communityconcertsatsecond.org

Boris Slutsky has a long list of awards to his credit, including first prize and audience prize at the 1981 William Kapell International Piano Competition, and he is a valued faculty member at the Peabody Institute. But the pianist is not necessarily the best-known keyboard artist in the area, nor the most often encountered in performance, so his recital today for Community Concerts at Second is particularly noteworthy. So is his program - the complete Preludes of Chopin and Symphonic Etudes of Schumann.

[TIM SMITH]

ART SALE

ARTISTS OPEN STUDIO -- Noon- 5p.m. today. The Centre Artists, 3000 Chestnut Ave., Suite 346. Free. millcentre.com

It's the 20th annual Holiday Arts Weekend for the Artists of Hampden's Mill Centre.

Resident artists and guest artists will open their studios for visitors curious to see their work and where art is made.

Those looking for holiday gifts will also find artists' works for sale, including paintings, jewelry, wearable art, sculptures and much more.[KARLAYNE PARKER]

THEATER

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF -- Times vary, Wednesday-Sunday. Through Dec. 30. $25-$46. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road. 301-924-3400 or olneytheatre.org

Just in time for Hanukkah (the holiday begins Dec. 4) comes the beloved musical about persecuted Jewish peasants living in pre-Revolutionary Russia. The story centers on the dairyman, Tevye's, attempts to raise his five daughters according to ancient Jewish practices, while all around him, the old ways are collapsing.

John Vreeke, who has worked frequently with the cutting-edge Woolly Mammoth Theatre, will direct the production. Vreeke says he will attempt to give a fresh spin to the staging of this well-known favorite, while respecting the musical's traditional core.

[MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY]

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