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Unidle Idols keep on singing


At the end of May's two-hour American Idol finale, 25-year-old rocker David Cook of Blue Springs, Mo., was announced winner of Fox's reality-television juggernaut, with 17-year-old Utah native and ballad-crooner David Archuleta finishing as the runner-up. Much of America and Cook himself seemed to be surprised by the results (Cook won by 12 million votes), considering that Archuleta had such an enormous following of tween and teen girls, as well as the highest profile during the season.

Like Idol alumni before them, Archuleta and Cook are touring the country. They join fellow Season 7 finalists Chikezie Eze, Carly Smithson, Brooke White, Jason Castro, Kristy Lee Cook, Syesha Mercado, Michael Johns and Ramiele Malubay to perform as part of the Pop Tarts American Idols Live! Tour 2008 in more than 40 U.S. cities.

The production stops by 1st Mariner Arena on Tuesday. Judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson sit the road trip out.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. The arena is at 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets $37.50-$66.50. Call 410-547-7328 or go to ticketmaster .com.

Jennifer Choi

FestAfrica 2008 takes over Patterson Park


Celebrate all things African at Patterson Park on Saturday and Sunday at FestAfrica 2008.

Formerly called NaijaFest, the event features fashion shows, international and local African bands, dance lessons, storytelling, African food, games, face-painting and more.

Visitors can also check out the health, career and tourism fairs.

The event runs noon-8 p.m. both days. The park is at 200 S. Linwood Ave. $5. Free for children younger than 10. Call 410-608-0410 or go to

Jennifer Choi

A bit of a family affair


McDaniel College hosts Pete Seeger, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger and Guy Davis tomorrow at Alumni Hall in a family concert benefiting the Common Ground on the Hill Scholarship Fund. Octogenarian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award winner Seeger joins his grandson Rodriguez-Seeger and blues musician/composer Davis for this five-concert tour, which only stops in the Baltimore-Washington area once. Some ticket-holders may have the chance for a meet-and-greet with Seeger.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. The college is at 2 College Hill, Westminster. Tickets $40-$75, $10 for children 12 and younger. Call 410-857-2771 or go to

Jennifer Choi

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