If you've got a penchant for pooches, make your way to the Northeastern Maryland Kennel Club Dog Match in Churchville this weekend. More than 200 dogs will compete in breed and obedience matches at the Churchville Recreation Center. Categories are hounds, sporting, working, non-sporting, terriers, toys and herding groups. Obedience matches will features classes ranging from pre-novice to advanced-utility.
The breed matches run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and the obedience matches from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at the Churchville Recreation Center, Glenville Road and Route 155, Churchville. Call 410-836-1008 or go to www.nemkc.org.
Enjoy an evening of spoken rhyme and verse at "The Poet Experience" tomorrow in Annapolis. The coffee-house poetry event at Ahh Coffee presents original poetry from local poets Cliff Lynn and Rocky Jones, as well as Washington poet Carly Sachs. There will also be an open-mike portion for all poets to read from their own or others' works.
The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tomorrow at Ahh Coffee, 1015 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis. Call 410-990-9111.
Keys to a benefit
True, Santiago Rodriguez is a province in the Dominican Republic. But as music fans know, it also happens to be the name of an award-winning concert pianist who will be playing at the International Piano Archives at Maryland Benefit Concert Sunday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. The pianist, who's also interim chair and a professor with the division of piano at the university's School of Music, will perform Mozart's Sonata in C Minor, K. 457, Schumann's Carnaval, Op. 9, as well as pieces by Gibson, Granados and Scriabin. Tickets are limited and must be reserved.
The concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Dekelboum Concert Hall, University Boulevard, College Park. Call 301-405-ARTS for reservations.
Devoted to art
What --The symposium "Art & Neighborhood"
When --8 a.m. to noon Saturday
Where --Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive
Why --Because the public can learn about the role the arts play in their neighborhoods. Community activist/choreographer Liz Lerman and author/community advocate Mindy Thompson Fullilove will speak, and arts-organization representatives will present case studies. There will also be breakfast and lunch munchies and time for networking. Registration is required.
Contact --410-230-0200 or baltimoreculture.org/gbcanews.html to register
A TALK BY PAUL ROBESON JR.
Son of actor, singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, and a noted author and civil rights activist himself, Paul Robeson Jr. delivers a lecture at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Central Library tonight. Speaking bluntly on the state of race in America, Robeson offers bold solutions for change at the lecture, just as he does in his new book A Black Way of Seeing: From "Liberty" to Freedom. After the talk, Robeson will sign copies of his book.
Paul Robeson Jr. speaks at 7 p.m. today at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. Book-signing at 8 p.m. Call 410-396-5430.
Strike up the band
What --Spring Chamber Music Series featuring the U.S. Army Field Band
When --3 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Tuesday
Where --Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia
Why --Because both programs will feature U.S. Army Field Band ensembles and soloists performing songs in an array of musical styles, including Renaissance, jazz and modern.
Contact --301-677-6586 or armyfieldband.com