August 03, 2008


BALTIMORE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL : Second day of festivities at the Poly/Western High School field, 140 W. Cold Spring Lane, which hosts a multicultural event with various activities, including performances by Nu World Art Ensemble, an African dance troupe and reggae artist Maxie Priest; demonstrations of capoeria, a Brazilian blend of martial arts and dance; and tae kwon do. Festivalgoers can also choose from an array of ethnic foods. The event runs noon-9 p.m. today. Free. 410-396-3141 or

GLADYS KNIGHT AND THE DELLS : Soul/R&B legend Gladys Knight takes the stage with the R&B/doo-wop quintet the Dells at 7:30 p.m. at Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. $26-$85. 410-547-7328 or go to


MOVIE AND A MARTINI : Through Aug. 25, Pur Lounge, 2232 Boston St., hosts movie nights every Monday. Each week, patrons can view popular urban romance movies and participate in discussions with local relationship experts. Films begin at 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The theme of the program is "The urban myth of love and relationships." Free popcorn is provided, and special happy hour pricing applies to martinis. $10. 410-412-6031 or


MIKE BROOKS COMEDY EXPLOSION : Comedy Central's Don "DC" Curry, Lavelle Crawford and Tony Woods join Def Comedy Jam's Michael Colyar and Mike Brooks at Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. N.W., Washington. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. $55. 410-547-7328 or

FESTAFRICA 2008 : Patterson Park, at Linwood and Eastern avenues, hosts this year's event, which includes local African bands and artists, cultural dances, exhibits, fashion shows and more. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Aug. 9 and Aug. 10. $5. Children younger than 10 admitted free. 410-608-0420 or

Aug. 10

B.B. KING : Widely hailed as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, the blues artist has won 14 Grammys and recently received an honorary doctorate in music from Brown University. The octogenarian and his trademark custom Gibson guitar, Lucille, make an appearance at Wolf Trap's Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna, Va. The performance starts at 8 p.m. $25-$42. 877-965-3872 or

Aug. 14

CHAKA KHAN : Over the years the "I'm Every Woman" singer has shown that she's not just a one-trick R&B pony, having performed funk, disco, jazz, hip-hop, adult contemporary, pop and gospel. Last year, she released her most recent album, Funk This, which features covers and new material. The Grammy-winning artist, along with special guest Musiq Soulchild, performs at Warner Theatre, 1299 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington. Showtime is 8 p.m. $59.50-$69.50. 410-547-7328 or

Aug. 15

PAETEC MUSIC TOUR : Eight-time Grammy award winner, composer and producer Anita Baker heads to the Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., for a 7 p.m. concert. $39-$125. 410-547-7328 or

Aug. 16

LEGENDS OF HIP-HOP : Old-school names, such as Slick Rick, Big Daddy Kane, McLyte, Whodini and Doug E. Fresh, fill the show's roster. The concert starts at 5:30 p.m. at Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. $26.40-$86.90. 410-547-7328 or

Sept. 4

ART EXHIBIT : The Eubie Blake national Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St., opens Television, an exhibit of works by Anthony Red. The local 20-something artist presents a multimedia show, which includes photography, music, video, collage and mixed-media. Runs through Sept. 27. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. $2; $1 for students ages 6-18. 410-225-3130 or

Sept. 6

PATTI LABELLE : The R&B/soul diva belts out notes in her powerfully passionate style at Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. $25-$175. 410-547-7328 or

Sept. 7

1ST ANNUAL BUDWEISER SUMMER REGGAE FEST : RFK Stadium, 2400 E. Capitol St. S.E., Washington, hosts this inaugural event, which features several artists, including Ky-Mani Marley, I-Wayne, Beres Hammond & The Harmony House Singers, New Kingston Band, S.T.O.R.M. and others. The event kicks off at 3 p.m. $35-$65. 410-547-7328 or

Sept. 10

Gza Performing Liquid Swords : The founding member of Wu Tang Clan performs songs from his highly successful 1995 album, Liquid Swords, which many critics regard as Wu-Tang's best solo project, at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. The concert starts at 8 p.m. $18. 410-547-7328 or

Sept. 20

Sinbad : This actor and comedian, known for his larger-than-life personality, has won several awards and starred in various TV shows, including the '90s hit A Different World, and films, such as The Meteor Man. But he hasn't forgotten his stand-up roots. He takes his boisterous humor and talent for making crowds roar to the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., for an 8 p.m. show. $33.50-$43.50. 410-547-7328 or

Sept. 21

Mos Def : The emcee, vocalist, musician, actor and producer gives an eclectic performance with his band by presenting the sounds of hip-hop, soul and jazz and drawing from the works of a variety of artists, such as Miles Davis, James Brown and Beyonce. The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. $20-$50. 800-444-1324 or

Sept. 27

KUNTA KINTE HERITAGE FESTIVAL : Celebrate African-American heritage at this event, which features African dance and drumming, arts and crafts, live music, seminars and more. The festival runs 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Annapolis City Dock. Free. 410-349-0338 or

UNISUN GOSPEL CONCERT : Gospel artist, producer and songwriter Donald Lawrence headlines this year's event that includes five local choirs. The show is at 7 p.m. at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $20. 410-547-7328 or

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