The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

April 03, 2008|By JENNIFER CHOI

THE KINGS OF CHESS

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Retrievers may have been kicked out of the NCAA's "Big Dance" early, but they've made it all the way to the Final Four in chess, a feat that's become old hat to them.

The seven-time Pan-American Intercollegiate Team Chess champion hosts main rival University of Texas, Dallas; New York University; and Miami-Dade College for the 2008 President's Cup. Teams compete in round-robin format to win bragging rights as the nation's college-chess champion.

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First and second rounds run 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. The third round runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. The event takes place in UMBC's Game Room, on the second floor of the Commons, 1000 Hilltop Circle. Call 410-455-1000 or go to sta.umbc.edu / orgs / chess.

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AWESOME BLOSSOMS

About 30 regional garden clubs interpret artworks and represent different nations through flower arrangements in Art Blooms: All Mapped Out With Flowers at the Walters Art Museum. The program includes demonstrations, workshops on international gardening and flower arranging, and docent-led tours, which discuss the masterpieces related to the exhibit. The museum's courtyard and its surrounding galleries house the works. The event includes a preview party tonight and special lectures and demoonstrations tomorrow, but fees apply.

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Tours run noon-3 p.m. tomorrow, noon-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-2 p.m. Sunday. Demonstrations and workshops run 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit open for general viewing 11 a.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is at 600 N. Charles St. Call 410-547-9000 or go to thewalters.org.

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DIXIELAND BAND

The Bourbon Street Ramblers channel a little bit of Mardi Gras with New Orleans-style jazz and swing at Central Presbyterian Church for a "Sundays at Central" performance.

The six-piece Dixieland band, formed in 1978, headlined the Maryland Wine Festival for the past two decades. It entertains audiences of all ages and performs at fairs, festivals, weddings, nursing homes and Mardi Gras celebrations.

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The concert starts at 4 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 7308 York Road, Towson. Call 410-823-6145 or go to centralpc.org.

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ESTONIAN SOUNDS

The Embassy of Estonia, World Artists Experiences and Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts brings Ro:Toro to Annapolis as part of its U.S. tour. The band's shows combine traditional Estonian bagpipe tunes with folk song and dance, along with jazz and rock influences.

The group, based in Tallinn, Estonia, mixes the sounds of ethnic Estonian bagpipes, water drums and the saxophone, and has performed for sold-out audiences in Europe.

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The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. today at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Call 410-280-5640 or go to marylandhall.org.

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BOOK SALE

WHAT / / Smith College Club of Baltimore 2008 Book Sale

WHEN / / 10 a.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. and 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE / / Exhibition hall at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Lutherville.

WHY / / Thousands of items, including hard- and soft-cover books, CDs, videos, books on tape, sheet music, records and magazines for sale. Note that an admission fee ($10 donation) applies 10 a.m.-11 a.m. tomorrow only.

CONTACT / / 410-889-0187 or smithbooksale.org

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FRENCH FILM

WHAT / / First Thursday Film Series

WHEN / / 8 p.m. today

WHERE / / Meyerhoff Auditorium at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive.

WHY / / Screening of Oscar-winning European film The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, which revolves around six upper-middle-class friends who encounter a series of surreal interruptions during a meal together.

CONTACT / / 443-573-1700 or artbma.org

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