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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 11/18/2009

JUST DANCE Traditional Indian and modern dance comes to Theatre Project (45 W. Preston St., [410] 539-3091) Nov. 20-21 courtesy of Washington-based Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company. This performance includes a Bharata Natyam, an ancient form of Indian dance with rhythmic footwork and angular lines, and Anna Sokolow's Dreams, a much lauded 1961 piece about the Holocaust.

HISTORY LESSON The Creative Alliance at the Patterson (3134 Eastern Ave., [410] 276-1651) hosts two staged readings of Howard Zinn's Voices of A People's History Nov. 21. The event, which is a benefit for the ACLU of Maryland, is also sponsored by Red Emma's. Zinn's alternative look at history will come from the mouths of local notables including Rafael Alvarez, Olu Butterfly, Joyce J. Scott, and Marc Steiner.

OPERA TIME It feels like opera fever has taken hold of Baltimore. Too bad the Baltimore Opera Company is missing it. The Baltimore Concert Opera does Don Pasquale Nov. 18 and 21 at the Engineers Club (11 W. Mount Vernon Place, [410] 539-6914). The Baltimore Opera Theatre brings Il Barbiere Di Siviglia, better known as The Barber of Seville, to the Hippodrome (12 N. Eutaw St., [410] 837-7400) Nov. 22. Towson University gets its aria on with The Flesh and Blood of Opera: Scenes of Sensuality, Passion, and Murder Nov 20-21 at the campus Center for the Arts (Kaplan Concert Hall, Center for the, Arts, Towson University, Osler and Cross Campus drives, Towson, [410] 704-2787). And if you want to stop just watching opera and start singing it, Opera Vivente holds auditions Nov. 20-22.

BEACH BUMMED The Vagabond Players (806 S. Broadway, [410] 563-9135) won't be putting on Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs as scheduled this year. There was a conflict with the show's Broadway run--because who would bother seeing a show on Broadway when they could see it at the Vagabond? Anyway, instead it performs David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. Auditions are Nov. 19 and 21. The show opens April 16, 2010.

OPENING Melissa James Gibson's [Sic], a play/language exercise, has a way with words at the Strand Theater (1823 N. Charles St., [443} 874-4719) starting Nov. 19. Around the World in 80 Days takes off at CenterStage (700 N. Calvert St., [410] 332-0033) Nov. 24. That same night Mamma Mia!, the musical built around ABBA tunes, opens at the Hippodrome.

LAST CHANCE Christmas Belles jingles to a close at the Vagabond Nov. 22. That's also your last chance to see Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow at the Merrick Barn (Johns Hopkins University, Homewood campus, 34th and Charles streets, [410] 516-5153). The play was written by Eric Kalman Levitz, a Hopkins sophomore who has won an impressive number of play writing awards—including top honors at festivals at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Mellon—for someone who is probably too young to drink. John Astin directs and son Mackenzie Astin stars.

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