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IT'S ALL GREEK

Greeks the world over treasure the independence of their country, which is credited as the birthplace of Western democracy. The Greek Independence Day Mid-Atlantic Parade celebrates the country's break from the Ottoman Empire in 1821, and the contribution of Greeks to the U.S. Of course, you don't have to be Greek to enjoy the marching bands, traditional clothing, floats and Greek food.

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The parade marches off at 2 p.m. Sunday on Eastern Avenue at Haven Street. Call 410-563-4735 or go to greekparade.com.

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GOSPEL BY THE GREENES

Gospel performers since the '60s, the Greene Sisters of Baltimore aren't strangers to the stage. Singing gospel from childhood, the four went on to tour the world with the USO and become regulars at the Apollo Theater. After a well-deserved break, the Greene Sisters make a spirited return at Israel Baptist Church on Saturday.

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Doors open at 4:45 p.m. Saturday; concert is at 6 p.m. at Israel Baptist Church, 2000 E. Preston St. Call 410-732-3494 or go to israelbaptistchurch

baltimore.com.

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LET THEM ENTERTAIN

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Harborplace and the Gallery's Annual Street Performer Auditions attracts entertainers from all over Baltimore to the Harborplace Amphitheater. Musicians, comedians and everyone in between vie for a chance to become part of the official roster of entertainers. A panel of judges calls the shots, and audience members are encouraged to root for their favorites.

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Auditions begin at noon Saturday. This is not an open audition. The Harborplace Amphitheater is at the Inner Harbor at Pratt Street and Light Street. Call 410-332-4191 or go to harborplace.com.

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'PERSEPOLIS' AUTHOR

Graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi's work Persepolis has gotten a lot of praise lately, with its animated version being nominated for an Academy Award. Written and illustrated by Satrapi, the graphic novel depicts her youth during the Iranian Revolution. Satrapi lectures Tuesday at College of Notre Dame of Maryland, with a book signing afterward.

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The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in LeClerc Auditorium, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. Call 410-532-5516 or go to ndm.edu.

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MARYLAND DAY

WHAT / / Maryland Day

WHEN / / Noon Sunday

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WHERE / / Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis

WHY / / To celebrate Maryland's writers and artists with open studios, exhibits and book signings as part of Maryland Day

CONTACT / / Call 410-263-5544 or go to marylandhall.org.

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A MAGICAL EVENT

WHAT / / Magic show

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WHEN / / 7 p.m.-9 p.m. today

WHERE / / Illusions Magic Bar and Lounge, 1025 S. Charles St.

WHY / / To combine the magic issue of Guilt & Pleasure magazine with a magic show and discussion. Topics in the magic issue include the world's only military with an official magician, and illusionist David Blaine.

CONTACT / / Call 410-727-5811 or go to illusionsmagicbar.com.

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