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English Beat

Formerly known as the Beat, the ska band English Beat has been around for 30 years. The multiracial group, led by vocalist-guitarist Dave Wakeling and rapper Ranking Roger, has long established a solid reputation for its sun-splashed mix of pop, reggae and hip-hop. Showtime is 7 p.m. tomorrow at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Tickets are $27.50-$30. Call 410-244-8854 or go to


Lombard flicks

No one else embodied the romantic side of screwball comedies with the effervescence of Carole Lombard, perhaps because she carried that anything-goes spirit into her real life: She was the kind of gal who'd give her husband, Clark Gable, two tickets on a sightseeing blimp for his birthday. When Lombard died in a plane crash while returning from a tour selling war bonds, President Franklin D. Roosevelt awarded her a medal and declared her "the first woman to be killed in action in the defense of her country in its war against the Axis powers." The memory of her can still make grown men cry - but she made her merriment immortal with beautiful comedic work in movies like Twentieth Century and Hands Across the Table. This weekend, these films kick off a monthlong Lombard Centennial tribute at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center. Twentieth Century plays at 5 p.m. tomorrow, 1 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday; Hands plays at 5:10 p.m. tomorrow. General admission is $10. The AFI Silver is at 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Call 301-495-6700 or go to


'Art of Collecting'

The Art of Collecting, an exhibit that examines how our possessions begin to define who we are, runs through March 6 in Gormley Gallery at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. Featuring the work of students from several area colleges in partnership with artist Denise Tassin, the exhibit is part of the "Everyone an Artist?" series coordinated by Art on Purpose, an organization that uses art to bring people together around issues and ideas. A reception will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5. Go to


Eastern European works

Colorful works by Eastern European composers of the 19th and 20th centuries will be the focus of the next program from the Concert Artists of Baltimore. Edward Polochick conducts Dvorak's Czech Suite and Kodaly's Dances of Galanta, along with two pieces for piano and orchestra featuring soloist Mark Markham: Chopin's Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise and Liszt's Totentanz. The performance is at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Tickets are $20-$28. Call 410-625-3525 or go to


Groundhog Day party

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation will hold its annual Groundhog Day party and fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gaslight Square, on Severn Street between Bayard and Bush streets in South Baltimore. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $30 for foundation members; $40 for nonmembers in advance; and $45 for nonmembers at the door. The theme is "Light and Shadow," and black-and-white cocktail-party attire is encouraged. Proceeds benefit the work of the foundation, a nonprofit center for Baltimoreans who care about architecture. Go to


'Eagle Has Landed'

Fool's Proof Theatre, a troupe based in Liverpool, England, is known for its highly physical performing style and striking visual elements. The troupe performs The Eagle Has Landed tonight through Feb. 8 at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. The play follows a BBC radio reporter on a surreal journey as he travels to the United States and Mexico to try to find his brother, who has been missing for two decades. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $10-$20. Call 410-539-3091 or go to


Unleashed! The Secret Lives of White House Pets, produced in co-operation with the White House Historical Association, is a journey back in time in which the first pets help a young girl and her Chihuahua settle into their new digs at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Appropriate for kids ages 7 and older. Runs tomorrow through Feb. 22 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. N.W., Washington. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $18. Call 800-444-1324 or go to


Maryland Masti

See traditional Indian dance performances at the Maryland Masti on Saturday at the Hippodrome Theatre. Teams from Boston University, Stanford University, Virginia Tech and other schools will face off for prize money in the event, which was started by former members of a University of Maryland, College Park dance team. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. Tickets are $15-$25. Call 410-547-7328 or go to For more information, go to

'Dancing with the Stars'

You've seen the celebrities learn to maneuver the dance floor on the small screen. Tonight, some of them will perform at Verizon Center as Dancing with the Stars: The Tour stops in D.C. Among those appearing are Season 7's Lance Bass, Toni Braxton and Maurice Green and Season 6's Marlee Matlin. In addition, Disney star Cody Linley, who is on the tour for a handful of dates, will perform tonight. Tickets are $52.50-$225. The Verizon Center is at 601 F St. N.W., Washington. Call 410-547-7328 or go to

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