Throughout the '70s, George Clinton was the spearhead of the huge Parliament-Funkadelic collective, which also spun off other groups, including the Brides of Funkenstein and Parlet. But Clinton, the eccentric chieftain, was the anchor of it all. His free-style funk infused elements of jazz and acid rock and helped set the stage for numerous hip-hop acts and bands such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers. George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic perform at 9 p.m. Saturday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place. Tickets are $40. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramsheadlive.com.
'Pierrot le Fou'
Jean-Luc Godard's Pierrot le Fou is for anyone who understands such lines as: "Why do you look so sad?" "Because you speak to me in words and I look at you with feelings." Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina star as lovers on the run from Paris to the south of France; the hardbitten American director Sam Fuller makes a famous cameo. It plays at noon Saturday ($6) and at 7 p.m. Monday ($8) at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Call 410-727-3456 or go to thecharles.com.
Before he made Wall-E, Pixar animation whiz Andrew Stanton conjured the intoxicatingly beautiful Finding Nemo, a comic parable of parenting revolving around a motherless clownfish and his overprotective father. As a blue tang with short-term memory loss who helps reunite the father and son, Ellen DeGeneres provides the uproarious Rube Goldberg psychology that keeps all of the Pixar computer animators' marvelous curlicues afloat. It screens for free at the Rotunda Cinematheque (711 W. 40th St.) at 10 a.m. Saturday. Call 410-235-4800 or go to senator.com.
The three sisters from Korea who comprise the Ahn Trio made People's "most beautiful" list in 2003. They also make beautiful music together, each year, playing a lot of works written expressly for them. The ensemble performs an all-contemporary program at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $18-$45. Call 301-581-5100 or go to strathmore.org.
Baltimore Chamber Orchestra concertmaster Madeline Adkins will play a benefit for the financially strapped organization, joined by violinist Elisabeth Adkins (her sister) and pianist Edward Newman (Elisabeth's husband) in a colorful program of Tchaikovsky, de Falla and more. The concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road. Tickets are $25 (tickets previously purchased for the BCO's canceled concert that date will be honored). Call 410-685-4050 or go to thebco.org.
Thirteen artists from the Chicago and Baltimore areas address issues of violence and hostility in Involving Violence, an exhibit that opens tomorrow and runs through April 11 at the School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St. in south Baltimore. An opening reception takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, with a gallery talk at 7 p.m. Go to school33.org.
Outsider art, surrealism and graphic novels are some of the influences of the art on display in Fantastical Imaginings, an exhibit opening today and running through March 28 at the Julio Fine Arts Gallery at Loyola College in Maryland, North Charles Street and Cold Spring Lane. Call 410-617-2799 or go to loyola.edu/gallery/upcoming.
'Dora the Explorer'
She's the rock star for the swing-set set, and she stars in Dora the Explorer Live! - a play based on the hit Nickelodeon cartoon that includes lots of audience interaction. The 7-year-old bilingual Latina and the audience must solve a series of problems and puzzles together to reach their final destination. Your rugrats might even leave the theater with a few new Spanish phrases to show off. Runs Wednesday through March 1 at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $15-$41. Call 410-547-7328 or go to france-merrickpac.com.
One of the country's best-loved and most prolific humorists, Calvin Trillin, will read selections of his essays on politics, storytelling, poetry and food, followed by a book signing and reception. The New York Times writes of Trillin: "It's hard to think of another author who delivers so much pleasure, sentence by sentence." Talk takes place at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, 201 E. Capitol St. S.E., Washington. Tickets are $15. Call 202-544-7077 or go to penfaulkner.org.
Art, Beats + Lyrics
The Jack Daniels' Art, Beats + Lyrics Tour is a mix of multimedia art and design, including everything from painting, sculpture and photography, to graffiti murals, DJs, live music and break dancing. The show explores the work of a diverse group of visual artists from hip-hop subcultures across the U.S. It also gives local urban artists a chance to showcase their work to a wider audience, and will feature live performances from Common Ground Collective, among others. The event runs 7 p.m.-midnight tomorrow at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. Tickets are complimentary; register at www.jackdaniels.com/abl. Must be 21 or older.
Hunt Valley Antiques Show
Head out to the 39th annual Hunt Valley Antiques Show to browse more than 10,000 antiques and fine art pieces. This year's show will feature 56 dealers showcasing formal and country furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, equestrian antiques, paintings and folk art up to four centuries old. The show will be held tomorrow through Sunday at the Crowne Plaza in Timonium, 2004 Greenspring Drive. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds benefit Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland. Call 410-366-1980 or go to fcsmd.org.
The History of Mayan Chocolate
This Saturday, visit the Walters Art Museum for a lecture on the history of chocolate among the ancient Maya. Dorie Reents-Budet, visiting curator for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and author of The Social Context of Kakaw Drinking Among the Ancient Maya, will explore the history of chocolate-drinking rituals, which were at the heart of classic Maya social politics as early as 1200 B.C. Admission is free, but registration is recommended by calling 410-547-9000, ext. 238, or going to thewalters.org and clicking on the events calendar. The event will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Graham Auditorium of the Walters, 600 N. Charles St.
Compiled by Edward Gunts, Mary Carole McCauley, Rashod D. Ollison, Tim Smith, Michael Sragow and Sophia Terbush.