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TODAY'S SUN COLUMNISTS
What sort of fellow is Baltimore's new schools chief? Not the sort, it seems, to ask some really tough questions, such as: Why does school administration here cost so much?
The celebrity autograph is a strange thing, speaking from the personal experience of asking Tony Danza for one.
Glenn McNatt on new show at Grimaldis -- Today
Jay Hancock on a bad energy offer -- business
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Beyonce in Baltimore -- Grammy-winning recording artist Beyonce at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. 7:30 p.m. $57.75-$198.75. 410-547-SEAT or ticketmaster.com.
Rock cello, really -- Rasputina, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based trio that fuses classical instruments with rock music, plays the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. $15. missiontix.com. 410-662-0069 or theottobar.com
Single Carrot show -- The new group Single Carrot Theatre presents Adam Rapp's 2006 Pulitzer finalist play Red Light Winter at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. 8 p.m. $4-$9. 410-539-3091 or theatreproject.org.
Music history -- "Music Through the Ages" at Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul St. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Local singer-songwriter Woody Lissauer will discuss and play music from a variety of styles and eras. Free. 410-235-2210 or villagelearningplace.org.
Garden songs -- Conductor Daniel Abraham leads a program of vocal and instrumental music heard in 18th-century London gardens at the Strathmore's Gudelsky Outdoor Concert Gazebo, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Free. 7 p.m. 301-581-5100 or strathmore.org.
Jonathan Butler, performing at this weekend's PAETEC Jazz Festival, adds tinges of gospel to his jazzy pop-soul sound.
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The City Council will hold a hearing this afternoon on a proposal to create a registry of gun offenders in Baltimore.baltimoresun.com/maryland
Board of Estimates meeting
Baltimore's Board of Estimates is set to meet this morning at City Hall to vote on a variety of city contracts.baltimoresun.com/maryland
Design Excellence awards
Sun architecture critic Edward Gunts reports on 12 Maryland homes that have been awarded Design Excellence honors.baltimoresun.com/criticalmass
Trawick prize finalists named
Sun art critic Glenn McNatt talks about contestants for the annual Trawick art prize. baltimoresun.com/criticalmass
Announcement at University of Maryland Dental School of agreement between the university and AmeriChoice to create new dental services for children. baltimoresun.com/maryland
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Campaign bumps -- Keiffer Mitchell's mayoral pursuit is in damage-control mode over revelations that his father spent $40,000 of the campaign's money. baltimoresun.com/electionsblog
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1. Gaither's big potential -- The Ravens have discovered a sleeping giant at training camp: 6-foot-9, 350-pound offensive tackle Jared Gaither.
2. Bedard extension -- While Orioles' 28-year-old ace Erik Bedard is signed through 2009, keeping him in Baltimore has emerged as a more urgent matter.
3. Lender crunch stings state -- American Home Mortgage filed for bankruptcy protection after laying off hundreds of employees in Maryland and thousands across the country in recent days, leaving consumers with fewer choices for home loans.
4. Mitchell's father defends spending -- Dr. Keiffer J. Mitchell Sr. said through attorneys Monday that the $14,000 he spent on a hotel was an appropriate expense for his son's mayoral campaign because the room was used for fundraising.
5. Sparrows Point buyer plans expansion -- The prospective owner of the steel mill said he will run the Baltimore County plant at full capacity and invest in new facilities, which could lead to more jobs and construction.