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Raphael Saadiq

Saadiq has written and produced hits for the likes of Mary J. Blige and Erykah Badu. In the '90s, the Grammy winner was a part of the hit urban group Tony! Toni! Tone! He just released his third solo effort, The Way I See It, which revisits vintage Motown and Chicago-style R&B;, circa the early '60s. See him at 8 p.m. Sunday at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $28. Call 410-547-7328 or go to

Rashod D. Ollison

The Blind Boys of Alabama

The Grammy-winning gospel ensemble predates Elvis and Little Richard with a deeply soulful, funky sound that could only spring from the South. In recent years, the group has married its harmonies with rock-suffused soul and New Orleans jazz. See them at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. Tickets are $20-$65. Call 800-444-1324 or go to

Rashod D. Ollison


Don Giovanni

Opera Vivente opens its season with Mozart's indelible Don Giovanni, or Lord Giovanni, as it is being called, since the company performs everything in English. This tale of the lecherous, if irresistible, nobleman whose conquest of European womanhood is thwarted by the one force even he can't outwit contains some of Mozart's most powerful music. John Bowen directs the new production, featuring Christopher Austin and Joy Greene. Jed Gaylin conducts. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, 3 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 4 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St. Tickets are $33-$55. Call 410-547-7997 or go to

. Tim Smith

Nathan Carter tribute

The legacy of the late Nathan Carter, who honed the Morgan State University Choir into one of the most dynamic ensembles in the field, will be honored with a performance by the GIA Singers (named for a publishing and recording company based in Chicago). The choristers, all former students of Carter's, will sing some of his works in this program, conducted by former Morgan faculty member James Abbingdon. The concert is at 6 p.m. Saturday at Morgan State's Murphy Center, 2201 Argonne Drive. Proceeds benefit the Nathan Carter Memorial Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $50. Call 410-532-5306.

Tim Smith


Duality + isms

This is the last weekend to see the colorful paintings of Baltimore native and Maryland Institute College of Art graduate Larry "Poncho" Brown, on display at the Sub-basement Artist Studios in the Atrium at Market Center, 118 N. Howard St. Duality + isms explores themes of family, community and spirituality and runs through Saturday. Call 410-659-6950 or go to

Ed Gunts



The Herring Run Watershed Center, a community resource center and showcase for environmentally sensitive building techniques, will hold its grand opening ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday inside the former Pelham Bakery, 3545 Belair Road, Belair-Edison. Ziger/Snead of Baltimore was the architect, and Baltimore Green Construction renovated the 1950s-era building to make it a model for others seeking ideas for energy-efficient design and construction. A community open house will be held from noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Call 410-254-1557 or go to

Ed Gunts


Street Beat

The festival in Baltimore's Federal Hill will feature more than a dozen bands playing everything from jazz and salsa to reggae and rock on three stages. There will be food vendors and arts-and-crafts dealers. Admission is free 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday at East Cross Street, along the south side of the Cross Street Market. Call 410-727-4500 or go to

Meredith Cohn

Italian car show

At the Concours D'Elegance Italian Car and Motorcycle Show, enthusiasts can marvel at fleets of Maseratis and Ferraris while enjoying family-friendly activities and shopping. The show is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at Harbor East. Admission is free. Call 410-444-3804 or go to

Raven Smith

Correction:In yesterday's You and Your Weekend section, information for the Herring Run Watershed Center's grand opening was incorrect. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. today at 3545 Belair Road. A community open house will be held from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow. The Baltimore Sun regrets the errors.
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