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October 02, 2008


'Broadway: Three Generations'

Actress Shirley Jones hosts this three-act evening of abridged concert performances of Girl Crazy, Bye Bye Birdie and Side Show. The show tracks the development of the Broadway musical over three generations of composers. See Broadway: Three Generations at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington, today through Sunday. Performances vary. Tickets cost $25-$90. Go to

Mary Carole McCauley

Poet Joy Harjo

Enjoy a family-focused afternoon of poetry and nature with Native American poet Joy Harjo. While grown-ups listen to and discuss poetry with Harjo, children can take a nature walk and write a haiku under the supervision of poet Tim Singleton. The event is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Howard County Conservatory, 10520 Old Frederick Road, Woodstock. The cost is $10 per person, plus $5 for each additional family member, with a maximum of $25. Call 410-772-4568 or go to

Mary Carole McCauley


'Personal Vocabulary'

Nine visual artists who received awards this year from the Maryland State Arts Council show their work in Personal Vocabulary, an exhibit that runs through Dec. 18 at the James Backas Gallery at the arts council's headquarters, 175 W. Ostend St. in South Baltimore. The featured Maryland artists are Seth Adelsberger, Tom Block, Alyssa Dennis, Melissa Dickerson, Sue Johnson, W.C. Richardson, Chris Siron, Nora Sturges and Jessica van Brakle. Their art includes paintings and works on paper, and the curator was collage artist Anna Fine Foer. Go to

Edward Gunts

'The Mechanics of My Existence'

This is the last weekend to see an exhibit of work by James von Minor, a local artist and art faculty member at Stevenson University in the Academic Center at 1525 Greenspring Valley Road in Stevenson. Von Minor's exhibit, The Mechanics of My Existence, runs through Saturday and touches on themes he has explored over the past 30 years. It's the 100th exhibit since the university's gallery opened in 1997. Go to

Edward Gunts


Lorin Maazel

Lorin Maazel, whose brilliance as a conductor is acknowledged even by those who find fault with his interpretations, is in his final season with the New York Philharmonic, an orchestra that has been playing better than ever with him at the helm. Washington Performing Arts Society presents an all-Tchaikovsky program with Maazel and the Philharmonic at 4 p.m. Saturday at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. Remaining tickets are $87 to $152. Call 202-785-9727 or go to

Tim Smith

Leon Fleisher

Shriver Hall Concert Series presents eminent pianist Leon Fleisher and three of his former students, among them Yefim Bronfman, for a rich program of solo and four-hand music. The performance is at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Shriver Hall, the Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets are $20 and $39. Call 410-516-7164 or go to

Tim Smith

Pro Musica Rara

Since 1974, Pro Musica Rara has championed early music performed on authentic instruments. The 34th season-opener looks at German baroque composers, including Bach and Telemann, featuring Nina Stern on the recorder. The concert is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Towson University's Center for the Arts, Osler and Cross Campus drives. Tickets are $10 and $30. Call 410-704-2787 or go to

Tim Smith

Shaun Tirrell

Pianist Shaun Tirrell, a Peabody Conservatory grad who has earned glowing notices for performances at the Kennedy Center and several European venues, will give a recital at 7 p.m. Saturday at LeClerc Auditorium, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. Free. Call 410-532-5386 or go to

Tim Smith


'Hail the Conquering Hero'

The Charles Theatre's Preston Sturges revival series continues its run with Hail the Conquering Hero (1944), one of the giddiest (and most daring) comedies ever made in wartime. Eddie Bracken stars as Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith, who is persuaded by a sympathetic group of leathernecks to tell his mother that he served as a valiant Marine, though he was discharged because of hay fever. Webs have never been more tangled than in this Second World War home-front classic. It screens at noon Saturday ($6), and 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Oct. 9 ($8). Call 410-727-3456 or go to

Michael Sragow


First Fridays at the Walters

Celebrate the cultures of ancient Persia, Rome, Greece and Egypt with Mediterranean food, world music and belly-dance performances at the Walters Art Museum's inaugural First Friday event. There will be a new theme, as well as live music, activities, snacks and a cash bar, each month through June. The free event runs 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at the museum, 600 N. Charles St. Go to

Meredith Cohn

'MouthPower' Family Day

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