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"Art Beat" With Stephanie Kaye - Thursday, March 18, 2010

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(March 18) CIRCUS MAXIMUS It's a circus around town tonight, as the antics of the Ringling Brothers take over the Verizon Center in downtown D.C. while Circus Maximus hits The Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda tonight at 8 p.m. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra enlists its three-ring friends to bring audiences a musical portrayal of ancient Rome's outsized circus. If you miss tonight's presentation, the big top pitches its tent Friday through Sunday at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.

(March 19) JULIE HALL If you're looking to jazz-up your weekend, Julie Hall sings a few standards at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland. The Charm City chanteuse promises to enchant tomorrow night at 8 p.m.

(March 20-April 3) WE LOVE YOU, PORGY And the Washington National Opera welcomes spring with Porgy and Bess. The Washington Opera's acclaimed production comes home for a two-week stint at the Kennedy Center starting Saturday night at 7 p.m., regaling audiences with this 1935 Gershwin classic about life on Catfish Row.

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