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It will be a mix of art and education when the Baltimore Museum of Art welcomes eight internationally renowned artists to lead "Conversations With Contemporary Photographers," a series of discussions about the changing role of photography in contemporary art, today, March 21, April 12 and April 26. Acclaimed for their work in contemporary photography, James Welling, Thomas Struth, Jeff Wall and several other artists whose work has been in exhibitions at the museum will address issues including the relationship of photography to painting and the impact of digital technology.


The discussions will take place at 7 p.m. today, March 21, April 12 and April 26 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Meyerhoff Auditorium, 10 Art Museum Drive. Call 443-573-1700 or go to art bma.org.



WHAT / / "Mixed Media," a program associated with the exhibit At Freedom's Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland

WHEN / / 5 p.m.-8 p.m. today

WHERE / / Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St.

WHY / / Because in addition to swing-dancing lessons, student-led tours and a reception, the Eubie Blake Legacy Band will help highlight Baltimore's Pennsylvania Avenue in the 1920s.

CONTACT / / 410-685-3750, ext. 321, or go to www.mdhs.org



Music director T. Herbert Dimmock will lead the concert "Beloved Bach" on Sunday with a choir of 40 and soloists Kim O'Brien, Jennifer Blades, Vijay Ghosh, William Clark, John Eisenhardt and David Dimmock, accompanied by the Bach Concert Series Orchestra. This concert includes a lecture demonstrating the musical language of Bach, a cantata performance and a guest lecturer. It is part of the Bach Concert Series sponsored by the Christ Lutheran Church on the first Sunday of every month.


"Beloved Bach" will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St. Call 410-752-7179 or go to christinner harbor.org.



Dress warmly for viewing the first total lunar eclipse in three years Saturday. The Howard Community College science department and office of student life and Howard Astronomical League's amateur astronomers will host a public viewing, assist in the observation, answer questions and point out winter constellations. During the viewing, participants will observe the moon's craters, highlands and maria. Venus also will be visible during the event, and telescopes will be provided for the viewing of Saturn and its rings, as well as major star clusters.


The observation takes place 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday on the upper level of the college's parking garage, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Call 410-772-4891 or go to howardastro.org / eclipse.htm.



Editor Ruth Andrew Ellenson will explore the subject of "Jewish guilt" and offer emotional, spiritual and cultural insight into what it means to be a Jewish woman, as she discusses the book The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt Monday at Baltimore Hebrew University. Ellenson will sign copies of the work, which won the 2005 National Jewish Book Award. There will also be a panel discussion on the book, which features personal essays by authors who reflect on the Jewish woman's culture and identity.


The program takes place 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday at Baltimore Hebrew University, 5800 Park Heights Ave. For reservations, call 410-578-6904 or e-mail cbrandwein@bhu.edu.



WHAT / / Mega Israeli Crafts Show and Sale

WHEN / / 10 a.m.-8 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE / / Weinberg Park Heights Jewish Community Center, Norman and Sarah Brown Art Gallery, 5700 Park Heights Ave.

WHY / / Because you can support Israel and its artists at the event. Browse or purchase from an array of fine art, paintings, sculptures, textiles, tapestries, toys, jewelry and more.

CONTACT / / 410-542-4900, ext. 239


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