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The Refugee All-Stars of Sierra Leone, a six-musician group, came together at the Kalia Refugee Camp in Sierra Leone, on the border of Guinea. When rebel forces attacked Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, thousands of civilians were forced to flee. The group will perform a free outdoor concert of original songs written in exile Sunday at the Kennedy Center in Washington. After the concert there will be a free screening of the documentary The Refugee All-Stars, which chronicles a three-year period in which the band left the refugee camp to go back to Sierra Leone. After the screening there will be a panel discussion with members of the band and the film's director.


The concert starts at 6 p.m. Sunday on the South Plaza Stage. The movie will follow in the family theater. The Kennedy Center is at 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. Call 202-467-4600 or visit



Go to Hair-itage: A Journey Through Time Sunday to learn some history of African-American hair care. The exhibit will include photographer Michael Cunningham's portraits of black women and their hair as well as unique hair-care artifacts. A cast-iron stove from 1892, antique pressing combs and crimpers and vintage tins of hair-care products will be on display.


"Hair-itage: A Journey Through Time" is on display from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Light St. Call 410-528-1234.



WHAT / / Ellicott City Idol contest

WHEN / / 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday for middle school pupils and 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday for high school students. Finals will be held 7 p.m.-9 p.m. June 29.

WHERE / / Miller Branch, Howard County Library, 9421 Frederick Road, Ellicott City

WHY / / Because you haven't had your fill of watching, cheering for and singing along with American Idol contestants. And because the winner receives $60 and an invitation to sing the national anthem at a Bowie Baysox game and two runners-up (one middle school and one high school student) will receive $45. Spectators are welcome.

CONTACT / / 410-313-1950 or visit / about /press_teenidol.php. Call or visit the branch to register. Or just show up and watch.



The University of Maryland School of Music's National Orchestral Institute will offer two free performances tomorrow at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park. Watch Eri Klas, the artistic director of the Tallinn Philharmonic in Estonia, lead the NOI orchestra in an open rehearsal in the morning. At night, mixed NOI ensembles will give a free concert of chamber music.


The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is at the University of Maryland, College Park. The open rehearsal is from 9:30 a.m.-noon in the Dekelboum Concert Hall. The chamber music concert is at 7 p.m. in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall. Call 301-405-ARTS or visit



Scythian, a group of 20-year-olds, turned street-corner performance into a full-time gig. Take the whole family to hear their traditional folk and rockin' Celtic music Wednesday at the Music Center at Strathmore. The band uses guitar, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, accordion, drums and percussion to build their sound.


The concert is at 7 p.m. in the Gudelsky Concert Pavilion Gazebo at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Call 301-581-5100 or visit



WHAT / / Family Campfire and Nature Center Tour

WHEN / / 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE / / Eden Mill Nature Center, 1617 Eden Mill Road, Pylesville

WHY / / Because your family can spend some quality time together making s'mores by the campfire. Eden Mill's resident expert will give a tour of the nature center, showcasing the various activities and hiking trails the place has to offer.

CONTACT / / 410-836-3050 or e-mail Pre-registration is required.


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