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January 17, 2008|By JENNIFER CHOI

'TREK' TO THE BSO

CONCERT

Listen to George Takei, the Heroes star who first found fame as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek, narrate Sci-Fi Spectacular, a concert featuring the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra SuperPops and a vocal ensemble. The program will include works from Star Wars, Superman, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Somewhere in Time, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and excerpts from a variety of sci-fi television show theme songs. Takei will also "beam down" in Star Trek garb and act out famous speeches from several films. Audience members are encouraged to "dress the part."

Performances run today through Sunday. Sunday's show begins at 3 p.m. Shows for all other days start at 8 p.m. Thursday's concert is at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. All other shows are at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $15-$84. Call 410-783-8000 or go to bsomusic.org.

[JENNIFER CHOI]

KING PARADE

FAMILY

Watch and listen to high school marching bands and community bands as they perform in the 2008 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Monday. The event also features choirs, floats, equestrian units and helium balloons and will honor male leaders with the theme "Celebrating Today's Male Mentors & Leaders." The parade will begin at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceed south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and end at Fayette Street.

The parade begins at noon. Call 410-752-8632 or go to promotion andarts.com.

[JENNIFER CHOI]

EPIC 'EVITA'

THEATER

Watch Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Evita, winner of seven Tony Awards, at the Lyric Opera House. The epic musical, featuring the hit "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina," chronicles the rise and fall of Eva Peron, the wife of former South American dictator Juan Peron, who endured an impoverished and stigmatized childhood and became one of Latin America's most powerful women. The production revolves around a fictional relationship between Peron and Che Guevara.

Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. The Lyric is at 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $45-$65. Call 410-547-7328 or go to ticketmaster .com.

[JENNIFER CHOI]

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