The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

May 22, 2008|By JENNIFER CHOI

TOE-TAPPING SHOW

Started in the United States in the 19th century, tap dancing has gained popularity throughout the world for its ability to let a performer simultaneously become both dancer and percussionist. To celebrate this rhythmic art form, School 33 Art Center hosts National Tap Dance Day on Sunday. The program includes tap demonstrations and lessons, a historical overview of the activity and a showing of the movie Tap, which stars late Tony Award-winning actor, choreographer and dancer Gregory Hines and the late tap great and ex-Rat Packer Sammy Davis Jr.

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The event runs 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. School 33 Art Center is at 1427 Light St. Call 410-396-4641 or go to school33.org.

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KIDS, DRUMS & DANCE

Head StART in ART, a partnership between the Howard County Arts Council and Ellicott City's Head Start Center, provides underprivileged 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds with interactive artistic activities. As part of this collaboration, children from the program present a performance today that displays the knowledge they've learned from Anansegromma of Ghana. The duo, native Ghanaians Kofi Dennis (right) and Kwame Ansah-Brew, began an artist residency with Head StART in April, during which they taught the youngsters about West African music, dance and games.

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The performance is at 11 a.m. today at the Howard County Center for the Arts Black Box Theatre, 8510 High Ridge Road. Call 410-313-2787 or go to hocoarts.org.

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MARYLANDERS' MEMORIAL

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown gives a speech as the keynote speaker at the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens Monday. The ceremony includes recognition of several Maryland natives who died in the line of duty, including Casey W. Nash and Sgt. 1st Class Robert E. Dunham of Baltimore. The program also features performances by choral group Maryland Sings, the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band and color guard units from the Maryland National Guard, the Korean War Veterans Association and the Elkridge Young Marines.

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The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Monday. Dulaney Valley Memorial is at 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium. Call 410-666-0490 or go to dulaneyvalley.com.

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CROSS KEYS BLUES

WHAT / / Music Fest

WHEN / / 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE / / The Village of Cross Keys, 5100 Falls Road.

WHY / / Funky blues band Mobtown Hip Cats performs.

CONTACT / / 410-323-1000 or go to villageofcrosskeys.com

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ASK AN ORIOLE

WHAT / / Orioles Q&A Series at ESPN Zone

WHEN / / Noon-1 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE / / ESPN Zone, 601 E. Pratt St.

WHY / / Left-handed pitcher Garrett Olson answers fans' questions and signs autographs.

CONTACT / / 888-848-2473 or go to www.espnzone.com / bal timore.

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MAPS ON PURPOSE

The Maps On Purpose exhibit displays the products of artist-led workshops on mapmaking, which involved members of 23 Baltimore communities. Residents helped produce creative maps that hold personal significance for them and their neighborhoods while also conveying social messages. The Walters Art Museum displays representative collections of these neighborhood maps in a rotating format and hosts a reception for the opening of the Highlandtown, Wavery and Hamilton Hills / Lauraville portions of the exhibit tomorrow as part of Fridays at the Walters.

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The reception runs 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow in the Fourth Floor Gallery. The museum is at 600 N. Charles St. Call 410-547-9000 or go to thewalters.org.

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