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The next Pavarotti or Domingo might perform at the Annapolis Opera's 20th Annual Vocal Competition Finals on Sunday at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Emerging opera singers will compete for study awards and cash prizes. The judging panel includes renowned sopranos Carmen Balthrop and Marianna Busching, as well as Annapolis Opera music director Ronald Gretz. The audience will pick the recipient of the Audience Choice Award.

The event starts at 2 p.m. The venue is at 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Donations are encouraged. Call 410-267-8135 or go to

MICA display

Two new Maryland Institute College of Art exhibits explore the dark side of art and the relationship between nature and architecture. Dark Poets features animated films, paintings and written works that provide glimpses into the motivations of six artists who incorporate life's unpleasant subjects - including death, insanity, cruelty, war and angst - into their works. Anxious Climate: Architecture at the Edge of Environment includes computer-generated drawings, photographs and 3-D prints that show eco-friendly building concepts proposed by three innovative European architectural firms. Both exhibits run today through March 9.

The exhibits are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays in the Fox Building, 1303 Mount Royal Ave. Call 410-225-2300 or go to

Life, captured

Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, a husband-and-wife photography team, didn't just take portraits of interesting communities. They lived in them, immersed themselves in their customs and rituals, interviewed their residents and tried to capture their unique identities and complexities with cameras. The University of Maryland, Baltimore County will feature eight of the photographers' series, including German Indians (1997-98) and The Oregon Vortex (1994), in the Andrea Robbins and Max Becher: Portraits exhibit today through March 15.

The exhibit is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays in the university's Fine Arts Building, 1000 Hilltop Circle. Call 410-455-3188 or go to

Pictorialist photography

Notre Dame Preparatory School hosts an exhibit of snapshots by world-renowned pictorialist photographer A. Aubrey Bodine through March 6 in the art gallery of the Henry J. Knott Performing Arts Building. Bodine spent decades at The Sun photographing a vast array of subjects. Many view his work as of the highest quality and far beyond the normal standard of newspaper photography.

The exhibit is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and weekends when the school is open for public events. The gallery is at 815 Hampton Lane, Towson. Call 410-825-6202 or go to

For coin collectors

What --Coin show

When --9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sunday

Where --Holiday Inn, 1100 Cromwell Bridge Road, Towson

Why --Because more than 20 dealers will have coins, paper money, tokens and medals on display and for sale at the Baltimore Area Numismatic Coalition's semiannual coin show.

Contact --410-233-1030 FREE

Innovative staging

What --Unconventional theater

When --5:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where --Laboratory Theatre, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive at University of Maryland, College Park

Why --Because Aaron Raz Link uses multimedia and physical theater in his biographical work What Becomes You, which focuses on his transition from female to male.

Contact --301-405-2787 FREE

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