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Hawaiian celebration

Chase away the winter blahs by joining the Hula School for a Valentine's "uniki" 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at the Columbian Center, 335 N. Ritchie Highway, Severna Park. Uniki means graduation, and members of the public are invited to watch as the school's latest batch of graduates performs ancient and modern dances of Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa. Audience members also will have the opportunity to dance to the music of Lava the DJ and to purchase food, island gifts and Valentine's items. Free. Call 410-437-1949.

Return of 'Riverdance'

The jig has returned. "Riverdance -- the Show" will once again bring Irish music, song and dance to the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. The show runs Tuesday through Feb. 27. The dance extravaganza was composed by Grammy Award-winner Bill Whelan and will be directed by John McColgan. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, with matinees 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Cost: $19-$62.50. Call 410-481-SEAT for tickets or 410-494-2712 for more information.

Black Heritage Art Expo 2000

Meet more than 30 artists, attend art lectures and groove to the Temptations (pictured) tomorrow through Sunday at the Black Heritage Art Expo 2000. Sponsored by the African-American Visual Arts Association, the weekend event at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., also will offer gospel-music performances, an auction and workshops. The Temptations concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Expo hours are 2 p.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the expo is free, but the Arts Association is requesting donations; tickets for the Temptations start at $27.50. Call 410-649-7144 for expo information; call 410-481-SEAT for Temptations tickets.

A jazzy Valentine's concert

Smooth-jazz tunes are in order when singer and bassist Slim Man, aka Tim Camponeschi (pictured), and contemporary jazz guitarist Ken Navarro take the stage for a Valentine's Day concert at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Recher Theatre, 512 York Road, Towson. Doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: $15. Call 410-337-7178.

At the Meyerhoff

As part of the Celebrity Series, cellist Natalia Gutman will join maestro Yuri Temirkanov (pictured) and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in performing Shostako-vich's Cello Concerto No. 1 and Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica," at 8 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The series is Temirkanov's last concert appearance until June. Also at the Meyerhoff: The Ballet d'Afrique Noire blends music and dance in the "Mandinka Epic," 7:30 p.m. Monday. The epic traces the history of the West African Mandinka tribe. Cost: $22-$57 for the BSO concert; $9-$40 for the ballet. Call 410-783-8000.

'Antiques on the Road'

The Hampden Family Center will play host to "Antiques on the Road" (not to be confused with the top-rated PBS program "Antiques Roadshow") 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Gomez Gallery, 3600 Clipper Mill Road. Receive two verbal appraisals on china, glassware, silver, jewelry, paintings, prints and small furniture from the Antique Exchange, C. H. O'Malley Antiques, Radcliffe Jewelers and more. Also, enjoy light fare and a cash bar. Cost: $25. Call 410-467-8710.


'Weddings on Ice'

Skate down the aisle for a Valentine's Day "Wedding on Ice" when WLIF Lite 102 presents its annual group marriage ceremony on Rash Field at noon Monday. WLIF will provide the flowers, cake and music. There is no cost to participate, but couples must have a valid Baltimore City marriage license and don skates. The nuptials will be legally binding. For more information, call 410-823-1570 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Backyard monsters

Did you know the black widow spider's venom is 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake's? Learn about spiders and other insects at "Backyard Monsters: The World of Insects," Saturday through May at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. The interactive exhibit of giant robotic insects and normal-size mounted bugs kicks off with an appearance by Spiderman and a Valentine's Day "Love Bug" activity for children, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $8.50; $7 seniors; $5.50 ages 4-12. Call 410-685-5225.

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