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The Vagabond Players

, 806 S. Broadway, Fells Point are opening the 2013 season with performances of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" directed by Eric Stein from Jan. 4-Feb. 3. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

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The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture

, 830 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, is hosting a '70s night with The Spice Band from 5-8 p.m. Dec. 20. There will be extended museum gallery and cafe hours, a cash bar and a performance by The Spice Band starting at 6 p.m. Special admission is $5.

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The Jewish Museum of Maryland,

15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, is hosting "Zap! Pow! Bam! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950." The exhibit was curated by the late Jerry Robinson who worked closely with Batman co-creators Bill Finger and Bob Kane. The exhibit features a drawing studio, the Batmobile, a comic book nook, vintage artwork and books and multimedia displays. The event will be on view from Jan. 27-Aug. 18. At the opening of the exhibit on Jan. 27 Batman will make an appearance from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is free for members, $8 for non-members, $6 for seniors, $4 for students and $3 for children under 12. For more information visit

or call 410-732-6400.

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

has received a two year old reticulated giraffe named Kesi and a two year old African lioness named Badu. Kesi will be on view daily inside the Giraffe House and Badu will be on view on a shifting schedule.

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival

is hosting a play-reading marathon at 11 a.m. Dec. 15 at Vagabond Players, 806 South Broadway, Baltimore. They will read "Dulce Lumen" by Robin Cuddy at 11 a.m., "Devils in Jersey" by Jack Wibbe at 1 p.m., and "Rapture" by Gerard Marconi at 3:15 p.m. For more information visit

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The Moving Company Dance Center

is performing the "Great Russian Nutcracker" at the Hippodrome Theater at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. The performance will feature Baltimore student dancers alongside 40 Moscow Ballet professionals. For tickets or more information visit

. For groups of 10 or more call 800-320-1733 x15.

The Baltimore Playwrights Festival

is hosting its monthly public meeting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Fells Point Corner Theater, 251 South Ann Street, Baltimore. After the meeting there will be a staged reading of the trilogy "Better Off Without You," followed by a discussion of the script with the playwright, director and actors. Both the meeting and the reading are free and the general public and all BPF members are encouraged to attend. For more information visit


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