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Mencken's opera

The lowdown -- Catch the world premiere of the rediscovered H.L. Mencken and Louis Cheslock opera The Artist: A Drama Without Words, Saturday at the Maryland Historical Society. The opera follows the unspoken thoughts of a German concert pianist and his audience during a recital. The restaging of the opera is part of the celebration commemorating Mencken's Sept. 12 birthday.

If you go -- The Artist is at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. Admission is free.

Happy feet

The lowdown -- Hear the beat of dancing feet from all over the world during the Community College of Baltimore County's World Dance Festival on Wednesday through Sept. 22. The festival, which includes four days of free dance performances such as tribal belly dancing and hip-hop beat box, will be held on the three main campuses of CCBC. On Sept. 22, there will be a closing gala featuring the Krump Kings, who were featured in the 2005 documentary RIZE. There will also be performances from Farafina Kan and Taikoza. Gala tickets are a $20 donation. For those interested in learning specific moves, there will also be small master classes for $10, and pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

If you go -- CCBC's World Dance Festival kicks off at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday. Performances will be held on CCBC's campuses in Catonsville, Dundalk and Essex. The gala is at 9 p.m. Sept. 22 in the B building theater at the Essex campus, 7201 Roseville Blvd. For tickets to the gala and classes call 410-780-6369. For more information on shows, go to

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