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May 15, 2008

Fine points of `Art'

The lowdown -- The question of what "art" is has often heated debate. Wednesday, Everyman Theatre adds fuel to the fire when it opens Yasmina Reza's comedy, Art. A winner of multiple awards, the play focuses on three friends as they exchange witticisms, wax philosophical and critique their friend's extremely minimalist and expensive painting.

If you go -- The play runs Wednesday through June 29. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $16-$35. The theater is at 1727 N. Charles St. Call 410-752-2208 or go to

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Philadanco performs

The lowdown -- Philadelphia-based modern dance troupe Philadanco has performed for national and international audiences for 34 years. Joan Myers Brown founded the organization to help support and develop the talents of black dancers and choreographers. Philadanco gives a performance infused with jazz, African and modern influences at the Music Center at Strathmore tomorrow.

If you go -- Showtime is 8 p.m. A pre-concert lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. Strathmore is at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $18-$38. Call 301-581-5100 or go to`

Beethoven Re-Imagined'

The lowdown -- Thomas Ades conducts violinist Anthony Marwood and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in "Beethoven Re-Imagined." The program includes the local debut of Ades' Violin Concerto, composed especially for Marwood. The orchestra also performs Beethoven's Symphonies No. 1 and 4.

If you go -- Performances are at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., and at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $15-$84. Call the Meyerhoff at 410-783-8000 or Strathmore at 301-581-5100 or go to


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