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Maestro Mahler, Meet Dr. Freud Here's one of those meetings where you just wish you could have been a fly on the wall: In 1910, the great conductor and composer Gustav Mahler met with the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. What was said wasn't recorded; the media was nowhere around. But Mahler, who was suffering from severe depression at the time, later praised their "interesting discussion." Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by Marin Alsop, presents a words-and-music re-creation of their meeting, through selections from Mahler's symphonies and songs. The program starts at 7 p.m. at the Meyerhoff, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $28-$61. Information: 410-783-8000 or

Greek Festival The glories of ancient Athens and Sparta may be the stuff of legend, but there's still plenty of Greece to go around these days. Want proof? Check out the Cathedral of the Annunciation's 39th annual Greek Heritage Festival, filled with enough food (courtesy of Aphrodite's restaurant), entertainment and goods to keep all of Baltimore's Zorba wannabes happy. Runs 11 a.m.-11 p.m. today and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the church, 24 W. Preston St. Admission is free. 410-727-1831 or The festivities include a Sunday concert by Greek singer Thanos Petrelis, set for 7:30 p.m. at the Preston Ballroom, 25 W. Preston St. Tickets are $95-$155; 443-621-0587 or for tickets and information.

Black Crowes Once hailed as "the most rock 'n' roll rock 'n' roll band in the world" (which means, one supposes, that these guys do what they do about as well as it can be done), the Atlanta-based Crowes have been churning out albums for two decades. In fact, their current "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys Tour" is something of a 20th-anniversary celebration for the group's first effort, 1990's "Shake Your Money Maker." True, band members may come and go (there are more ex-Black Crowes than there are Black Crowes), but the music stays true. Area fans can judge just how true when they appear onstage Wednesday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $55. Information: 410-244-1131 or

Baltimore Charm The scantily clad safeties and revealing running backs of Baltimore's rookie entry in the Lingerie Football League, the Charm, will try to improve on their 0-2 start when they take on the Orlando Fantasy tonight. Things haven't exactly gone the Charm's way so far, with the team scoring only six points in their first game and being shut out (ouch!) in the second. Game time is 9 p.m. at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $21-$52. Information:

Gems & Jewels More than 150 exhibitors will be on hand for this weekend's International Gem & Jewelry Show, offering everything from cheap (but attractive) earrings to obscenely expensive pins and broaches (organizers promise a price range from "$2 to $2,000,000," which certainly should cover everything). Look for show specials, opportunities to trade in your old jewelry for new and — of course — plenty of holiday gift ideas. Runs noon-6 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Tickets are $8 for all three days. Information: 301-294-1640 or

Hendrix tribute Anchored by bassist Billy Cox, who played as part of the legendary Band of Gypsys, Experience Hendrix features a host of musicians paying tribute to the man who, even four decades after his death, remains the standard by which everyone to pick up a guitar since has been measured. Featured performers include Steve Vai, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, Ernie Isley, Living Colour, Chris Layton, the Slide Brothers and Aerosmith's Brad Whitford. Songs on the bill include "Purple Haze," "Crosstown Traffic," "Little Wing," "Fire" and plenty of others. The show begins at 8 p.m. Thursday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Centre at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. Tickets at $50-$125 are available through 410-547-7328, or the Hippodrome box office. Information:

The Wiggles This four-man band from Australia has been entertaining children and their families since 1991, thanks to their decidedly kid-friendly songs, the peppy atmosphere of their performances and the everything-for-the-kids spirit of their shows. As if it isn't enough to have the Wiggles themselves perform, you also get appearances by such good friends as Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus and Wags the Dog. Showtimes are 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets run $17-$77. Information:

'For Colored Girls' Janet Jackson, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington and Whoopi Goldberg play women struggling with emotional and physical turmoil in Tyler Perry's adaptation of Ntozake Shange's Tony-winning stage play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf."

Chris Kaltenbach

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