Delightful dogsThe region's finest canines strut into...


Delightful dogs

The region's finest canines strut into the 5th Regiment Armory at Howard and Preston streets from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday to put on the dog at the Maryland Kennel Club's annual all-breed dog show and obedience trial. More than 2,000 dogs, representing 140 breeds, will vie for ribbons, kennel club points and the coveted title "Best of Show." And vendors will offer a variety of dog-related items. Tickets are $4, $2 children and seniors. Call 410-879-0862 or 410-747-5974.

'A Voice I Will Send'

Discover ancient West African religious traditions and examine African-American identity when "A Voice I Will Send: Sisters Talk About a New Millennium" is presented tomorrow through March 7 at the Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. The play -- written and performed by Denise Gantt, Lakia Green, Tanisha Brady Christie and Ieasha Prime -- is presented by the Medusa Theatre Company, the Artistic Connection and the Baltimore Theatre Project in partnership with Towson University, 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $8-$14. Call 410-752-8558.

Patti LaBelle and Gerald Levert

You still have a chance to enjoy an evening of rhythm and blues with Patti LaBelle and Gerald Levert. Though Saturday's concert is sold out, there are tickets available for an added show Sunday evening at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. "Groove On" with Levert, and when the "Queen of Rock and Soul" steps on stage, expect to hear such hits as "On My Own," "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Somebody Loves You Baby." The concerts start at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $60.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Sonia and disappear fear reunion

For an evening of folksy harmonies and acoustic guitar melodies, attend the reunion concert of Sonia (pictured), her sister Cindy Frank and their band disappear fear at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Tickets are $17. Call 410-356-SHOW.


"Let's Hear It For the Boy" when the high-energy musical "Footloose" comes to the Mechanic Theatre, Hopkins Plaza, for five days, Tuesday through Feb. 28. Watch the story of the free-spirited kid who reminds a local minister that it's no sin to be young. Also in the score are other hits from the movie, including "Holding Out For A Hero" and "Almost Paradise." To get into the spirit, you can kick up your heels from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at White Marsh Mall, where hundreds of area dancers will teach dance steps from the musical. Curtain times for the show are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. For tickets ($36-$64), call 410-752-1200. For information on the free dance lesson, call 410-931-7100.


Cooking, African-American style

Learn to prepare traditional African-American foods during a cooking demonstration with food historian Sue Latini from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the open hearth in the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House kitchen, 844 E. Pratt St. Fresh greens, chicken and dumplings and sweet potato pie will be prepared the old-fashioned way. Recipes will be provided. The program is free with museum admission of $4, $3 seniors, $2 children. Call 410-837-1793.

Dollar Day at the Science Center

On Tuesday, take advantage of the Maryland Science Center's three floors of hands-on exhibits, experience an IMAX movie about the mightiest river in the world, "Amazon," and gaze at the stars during a planetarium show -- all for just $1. The center is at 601 Light St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 410-685-5225.

Irish music and poetry

Join the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society in an "Evening of Irish Music and Poetry" at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the James Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Wilde Lake Village, Columbia. Colm Toibin reads from his work, and the band Celtic Thunder, with guest vocalist Cathie Ryan (pictured), presents a concert of traditional reels, jigs, hornpipes, polkas, ballads and slow airs. Current world champion step-dancer Paul Cusick also performs. For tickets -- $20 -- call 410-730-1802, Ext. 2. For other information, call 410-730-7524.

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