The Big Three

December 27, 2007|By SARAH KICKLER KELBER

PERFORMANCE

PURE POETRY

Kick off 2008 with an eclectic marathon of performances from many of Baltimore's creative minds. The New Year's Day Poetry Bash includes appearances by Rahne Alexander and Lucky Baltimore of queer cabaret group Charm City Kitty Club, JaHipster, Clarinda Harriss and others. In addition to poetry, check out Baltimore Improv Group and beatboxer Shodekeh.

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The event runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Admission is $5, benefiting the Creative Alliance's kids' arts education programs. There will also be a Southern-style brunch buffet (for additional charge); reservations are suggested. For more information, call 410-276-1651 or go to creativealliance.org.

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[SARAH KICKLER KELBER]

HOLIDAY

KWANZAA CELEBRATION

Celebrate Kwanzaa with the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center's annual event tonight. Hear jazz from singer-songwriter Joey Odoms, shop in an African marketplace, see fashions by Murrell Alexander and take part in open-mike poetry readings. In addition, there will be dance performances from the Community Dancers of Dance Baltimore and the Imani Dancers, as well as a tribute to Ruby Glover.

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The celebration runs 7 p.m.-9 p.m. today at the center, 847 N. Howard St. Admission is free with donations of canned goods and other nonperishable food items. For more information, call 410-225-3130.

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[SARAH KICKLER KELBER]

EVENT

WRESTLING WITH THE BIG BOYS

See the big names of World Wrestling Entertainment when Smackdown / ECW Live heads to 1st Mariner Arena on Saturday night. Featured stars include the Undertaker, Batista, the Great Khali, Rey Mysterio, Matt Hardy and more. Lineup is subject to change.

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The show is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $22-$72. Call 410-547-7328 or go to ticketmaster.com.

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[SARAH KICKLER KELBER]

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