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Exhibits, concerts, lectures and puppet shows

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"At Freedom's Door" -- The exhibit At Freedom's Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland, running through Oct. 28 at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St., and the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., explores the history of slavery in Maryland. On display are historical artifacts and contemporary artworks, presented in collaboration with the Maryland Institute College of Art. 443-263-1800, 410-685-3750 or www.mica.edu/atfreedomsdoor.

April 1

Rap concert -- Rappers Lil Wayne, Birdman, Jim Jones, Rich Boy and Young Jeezy will be part of the "Street Dream Tour" at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Show at 7 p.m. $25-$98. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

April 3

Ledisi concert -- The R&B; and jazz singer performs at 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $29.50. 410-268-4545 or ramshead tavern.com.

Nas performs -- The rapper brings his "Hip Hop Is Dead Tour 2007" to Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Doors open at 8 p.m. Concert at 9 p.m. $32.50 day of show; $29.50 in advance. VIP tickets available. 410-244-1131 or ramsheadlive.com.

April 5

Music and film -- Pianist Lafayette Gilchrist performs, the New Volcanoes present a jazz performance relating to the film Within Our Gates, and the silent film Birth of a Nation will be shown, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, second-floor theater, 830 E. Pratt St. Free admission. 443-263-1831 or africanamerican culture.org.

April 6

Ruby Glover -- The jazz matriarch performs and talks, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, second-floor theater, 830 E. Pratt St. $15; $12 members. 443-263-1875 or african americanculture.org.

April 6-15

"Debbie Allen's Alex in Wonderland" -- Original music-and-dance show created, choreographed and directed by Debbie Allen, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. Geared to ages 9 and older. Showtimes vary. $24. 800-444-1324 or kennedy-center.org.

April 9

James Cotton Band -- Blues harmonica player James Cotton and his band play at 7:30 p.m. at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $25. 410-268-4545 or ramshead tavern.com.

April 14

Pozativ Chainge performs -- The poetry group offers a workshop and presentation, 2 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Avenue Branch, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1531 W. North Ave. Free. 410-396-0399 to register or visit www.epfl.net.

April 17

Illustrator Bryan Collier -- The award-winning illustrator discusses his craft, 10:30 a.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. Free. 410-396-5430 or www.epfl.net.

April 18

Jackie Robinson book talk -- Author Jonathan Eig presents a lecture on his book Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season, 6:30 p.m. at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, Poe Room, 400 Cathedral St. Free. 410-396-5430 or www.epfl.net.

April 20

Jazz concert -- Contemporary jazz artists Brian Culbertson, Nick Colionne, Michael Lington and the Four Corners Band perform at 8 p.m. at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $47-$65. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

"An Evening With Ramsey Lewis" -- The jazz pianist performs with his trio at 7 p.m. at the annual President's Concert at Coppin State University, 2500 W. North Ave. $50-$75. 410-951-3847.

April 21

Schroeder Cherry and pupPets -- Dr. Schroeder Cherry presents the puppet show Underground Railroad, Not a Subway, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, second-floor theater, 830 E. Pratt St. Geared toward age 8 through adult. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1875 or africanamerican culture.org.

April 28

Comedian Steve Harvey -- Performance at 8 p.m. at DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and D streets Northwest, Washington. $55. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.

"At Freedom's Door" lecture -- Talk by Hari Jones, curator of Washington's African-American Civil War Museum, gallery tour and film screening in conjunction with the At Freedom's Door: Challenging Slavery in Maryland exhibit, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, second-floor theater, 830 E. Pratt St. Free. 443-263-1875 or africanamericanculture.org.

April 29

Average White Band performs -- Two concerts by the funk/soul/R&B; band, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $27.50. 410-268-4545 or ramsheadtavern.com.

May 4

Mark Mosley Quartet -- The jazz guitarist and his band perform, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, second-floor theater, 830 E. Pratt St. $15; $12 members. 443-263-1875 or africanamericanculture.org.

May 5

Family-photo program -- Ross J. Kelbaugh, author of Introduction to African American Photographs 1840-1850, leads a workshop on photo preservation, 10:30 a.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. Free with admission. 443-263-1875 or african americanculture.org.

May 10-12

Jazz festival -- The 12th annual Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival features pianist Lynne Arriale, violinist Karen Briggs and vocalist Flora Purim on May 10, pianist Mayuko Katakura, saxophonist Anat Cohen, vocalist/pianist Jeannie Cheatham and the Sweet Baby Blues Band on May 11, and pianist Hiromi, vocalist Stephanie Jordan and the band Ann Patterson's Maiden Voyage on May 12, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. Shows begin at 7 p.m. $30. 800-444-1324 or kennedy-center.org.

May 10-June 3

"The Oracle" -- Life-sized puppets are featured in a family-friendly theatrical show about an African princess, by the African Continuum Theatre, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sprenger Theatre, 1333 H St. N.E., Washington. $17-$37. 202-399-7993.

May 12

Film and talk -- Screening of the short documentary film Reshaping the Lens: How Society Views Young Black Males, and a question-and-answer session with the film's director, Tony Alleyne, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, second-floor theater, 830 E. Pratt St. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1875 or african americanculture.org.

May 13

Stephen Marley in concert -- The reggae artist (and son of Bob Marley) plays Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Also on the bill are Jr. Gong and K'Naan. Doors open at 7 p.m. Concert at 8:30 p.m. $24 day of show; $20 in advance. VIP tickets available. 410-244-1131 or ramshead live.com.

May 19

Book-signing and lecture -- Author Jabari Asim discusses and signs copies of his book The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, And Why, noon-1 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, first-floor classroom, 830 E. Pratt St. Free with museum admission. 443-263-1875 or africanamerican culture.org.

May 20

Jazz orchestra -- The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra performs "Such Sweet Thunder," Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn's Shakespeare-inspired pieces along with speeches and soliloquies from the Bard's works, 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. $20-$45. 800-444-1324 or kennedy-center.org.

Through May 31

Exhibit on surgeons -- The exhibit Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons, which celebrates the contributions of black surgeons and educators, is on view at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. Admission is $6-$8; free for ages 6 and younger. 443-263-1800 or africanamericanculture.org.

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