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The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream opens tomorrow 6.3 at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park in Ellicott City. It will be performed outside on weekends through June 26 in the ruins of an antebellum boarding school. Director Ian Gallanar has set his production in the 1920s as opposed to its traditional setting in 16th-century Greece. Before the play, audience members are invited to picnic on the grounds and view "The Show Before the Show," featuring live entertainment ranging from stage combat demonstrations to juggling. Sunday performances feature storytelling, dress-up parades and face panting.

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" begins tomorrow 6.3 at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane in Ellicott City. Show starts 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for ages 65 and older and ages 11-18 and free for children under 11. To purchase tickets, call 866-811-4111 or visit Call 410-752-3994 for more information.


The First Thursdays on Charles Street performances kick off today 6.2 with three concerts. The Pepsi Lunchtime Concert in Hopkins Plaza features Mambo Combo, a samba band, from noon to 2 p.m. Visitors can eat lunch at an outdoor table while listening to the band. The Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore will perform at Mount Vernon Place from noon to 1 p.m. as part of the "Opera in the Park" series. From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at "Concerts in the Park," also in Mount Vernon Place, New Orleans blues guitar player Sonny Landreth will play. He is currently on tour in support of his new album, Grant Street. The Rude Dog Rhythm Review will open.


The Columbia Festival of the Arts ... Catching up with Swing Out Sister in advance of a local show.

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