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ART

ART POWER -- Times vary. Friday through April 6. Art Blooms 2008: All Mapped Out With Flowers at Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Free. thewalters.org or 410-547-9000.

Check out floral arrangements interpreting artworks at the Wal ters Art Museum at this annual event. About 30 garden clubs have created displays, which will be on view this weekend. Noon-3 p.m. Fri day, noon-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-2 p.m. April 6, docents will lead tours of the exhibit and explain the meanings behind the works that inspired the floral arrangements. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. April 6, there will be workshops and demonstrations on gardening and floral arranging. The event also includes a preview party Thursday night and lectures and demonstrations on Friday, but fees apply.

[KARLAYNE PARKER]

BOOK SIGNING

MARJANE SATRAPI -- 7 p.m. Tuesday. Graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi at LeClerc Auditorium, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. Free. 410-532-5516 or ndm.edu.

Writer-director Marjane Satrapi will talk about Persepolis, an Academy Award-nominated animated movie that is based on her book of the same name. Both depict her childhood during the Iranian Rev olution. She will also sign books after the discussion.

[KARLAYNE PARKER]

CLASSICAL

PEABODY CAMERATA -- 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Peabody Conservatory, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. Free. 410-659-8100, ext. 2

Founded and led by conductor/composer Gene Young, the Peabody Camerata devotes itself to music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The dynamic ensemble, featuring Peabody Conservatory students, will commemorate the centennial of the startlingly original Olivier Messiaen with a performance of his Oiseaux exotiques (Exotic Birds) on a program that also includes music by Young and the late, emi nent Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti.

[TIM SMITH]

WASHINGTON

NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL -- Through April 13. Various loca tions within Washington. Mostly free. 877-442-5666 or nationalcher ryblossomfestival.org. View the blooming cherry blossom trees in the nation's capital at this annual event, which draws countless spectators from all over the country.

In celebration of the horticultural event, Washington hosts nu merous events throughout the festival period. The program in cludes arts performances at the Jefferson Memorial, tours, timely exhibitions, the parade of the national cherry blossom festival - featuring marching bands, floats and colorful performances - and more.

[JENNIFER CHOI]

FILM

THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE -- 8 p.m. Thurday. Free. Balti more Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. 443-573-1700 or artbma.org.

Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film of 1972, direc tor Luis Bunuel's mockingly surreal film begins with four guests ar riving for dinner at their middle-class host's home, only to discov er they've arrived on the wrong date. The evening careens downhill from there, as the group's attempts to dine are consistently thwarted by increasingly bizarre circumstances.

Discreet Charm is April's entry in the BMA's First Thursday film series, with movies lovingly chosen by Maryland Film Festival programmer Eric Allen Hatch.

[CHRIS KALTENBACH]

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