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"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Weekend Events, March 12-14, 2010

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(March 12) ETHEL ENNIS The Montpelier Arts Center brings Baltimore-based balladeer Ethel Ennis to the stage tonight at 8 p.m. in Laurel, Maryland.

(March 14) FROG & TOAD Frog and Toad take the stage at The Music Center at Strathmore Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. This musical version explores a year on the road with two of literature's most enduring amphibians.

(March 13) FSO / BSO / ASO And symphonies come in threes this weekend as the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Alexandria Symphony Orchestra sound out their latest performances. Tomorrow night at 8 p.m. at George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the FSO transports audiences through music to the steppes of Central Asia and the legends of the Kalevala. Meanwhile, it's a real circus at the Myerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore tonight and Sunday as the BSO presents Cirque de la Symphonie with acrobats and instrumentalists. And if you want to go Gustav(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_Mahler), head out to Alexandria Saturday night at 8 p.m. or Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., as the ASO and friends sing selections from Mahler.

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