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Bard on stage

The lowdown -- Now in its 14th season, the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival presents The Winter's Tale, a story of comedic disguises and a king's tragic, paranoia-fueled downfall. Kathleen Akerley, who has acted in several festival performances, makes her debut as a director with the festival.

If you go -- Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays tomorrow through April 27. Tickets are $20-$25. Shows are at Baltimore Shakespeare Festival at St. Mary's, 3900 Roland Ave. Call 410-366-8596 or go to balti


The lowdown -- The Stoop Storytelling Series combines people from all walks of life to share intimate stories on love, hate or other various topics. This time around, seven storytellers each tell a seven-minute story about coming, going and struggling to make a new life for themselves in Baltimore. Storytellers include a contractor, student nurse and public health researcher.

If you go -- The performance is at 8 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $12-$15. Shows are at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Call 410-332-0033 or go to stoopsto


Pacifica Quartet

The lowdown -- The Pacifica Quartet has received top honors in multiple international competitions. The group, which consists of three violinists and a cellist, released its fifth album, Elliott Carter: String Quartets Nos. 1 and 5, this year to commemorate the 100th birthday of the composer. The Illinois foursome heads to the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center on Saturday.

If you go -- The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. The center is at 10431 Twin Rivers Road, Columbia. $12-$29. Students 17 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult. Call 443-367-3122 or go to candle


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