April 06, 2008


REMEMBERING KING -- The Reginald F. Lewis Maryland Museum of African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., is showcasing From the Ashes of a Dream: Race and Revitalization Since MLK, a reflection on the 40th anniversary of the death of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Through April 27. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 443-263-1800 or africanamericancul

AFRICAN ART -- The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, is showcasing its third installment of the Meditations on African Art series, which highlights the use of pattern in textiles, carved ivories, painted shields and body adornment. Through Aug. 17. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Free. 443-573-1700 or

April 6

HAIR CARE GALORE -- The Baltimore Natural Hair Care Expo, which takes place 11 a.m.-9 p.m., features vendors, classes, lectures, performances and more. The event takes place at the Pikesville Armory, 610 Reisterstown Road. $10. 410-298-0660 or baltimorenaturalhaircareex

DOUBLE DOSE -- Hip-hop soul diva Mary J. Blige and multiplatinum-selling rapper Jay-Z perform together on the "Mary J. Blige & Jay-Z: Heart of the City" tour at 7:30 p.m. at Verizon Center, 601 F St. N.W., Washington. $49.75-$150.75. 202-661-5000 or veri

April 7

CD PARTY -- Marcus Miller, a two-time Grammy Award winner and critically acclaimed bassist, producer and writer, celebrates the release of his new CD, Marcus, at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis, as part of his Marcus Miller CD Release Tour. Shows begin at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. $35. 410-268-4545 or ramshead

April 11

RENEWING THE SPIRIT -- The Richard Smallwood/Tye Tribbett Gospel Celebration at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., features prominent Christian artists and a lot of spirit. The performance begins at 7 p.m. $30-$45. 410-347-2020 or balti

April 12

COLLECTOR'S SHOW -- Buy historical artifacts and documents, paintings, books, toys, dolls, photos, art, posters and more at the Greater Washington DC Black Memorabilia & Collectibles Show. The event runs 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. $6. Children 12 and younger free. 301-649-1915 or john

FOODIES -- Food historian Michael Twitty will talk about how African-American foodways in the Chesapeake regions are connected to the Caribbean, Brazil and Spanish America at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1800 or africanamerican

April 13

FUNK CONCERT -- The Original Superstars of Jazz Fusion, with renowned vibraphone player Roy Ayers, performs at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $55. 410-268-4545 or

"AMISTAD" -- The Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., will show Amistad, Spielberg's 1997 film about a mutiny on a slave ship and the trial of the man who started the revolt, at 2 p.m. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1800 or african

April 18

DOO WOP -- The Lyric Opera House hosts "Richard Nader presents Doo Wop II" with "the Duke of Earl" Gene Chandler; the Drifters featuring Charlie Thomas; Jay Siegel, original lead of the Tokens; and Kenny Vance & the Planotones at 8 p.m. The Lyric is at 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $60-$75. 410-547-7328 or

April 19

RAP CONCERT -- Grammy-winning rap artist T-Pain performs at UMBC's Retriever Athletic Center, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Catonsville. Doors open at 7 p.m. $15-$25. 410-547-7328 or ticket

HISTORY LESSON -- Learn how archaeologists study the lives of slaves and see 250-year-old artifacts. Historical archaeologist Patricia Samford leads the event at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Free with museum admission. Registration required. 443-263-1800 or africanamerican

April 24

JAZZ -- Moonlighting by the Rippingtons, featuring Grammy-nominated guitarist Russ Freeman, earned the label "most influential contemporary jazz album of all time" from Jazziz magazine. The groundbreaking group performs at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $39.50. 410-268-4545 or ramshead

April 25

COMEDY -- Comedian and radio personality Steve Harvey performs at Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. N.W., Washington, through tomorrow. Shows begin at 8 p.m. $55. 202-628-1776 or

April 26

WAXING POETIC -- The Spoken Word Poetry Slam at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., features several artists. The event runs 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. $5. 443-263-1800 or

April 29

"PURPLE" PLAY -- Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple, the traveling stage show based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, runs through May 18 at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. Times vary. $34-$80. 410-547-7328 or

May 1

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