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Singer Chrisette Michele, whose repertoire includes gospel and jazz, will perform at Rams Head Tavern.
Singer Chrisette Michele, whose repertoire includes gospel and jazz, will perform at Rams Head Tavern. (By Chris Goodney -- Bloomberg News)
Thursday, August 23, 2007

Chrisette Michele in Annapolis

Singer, songwriter and composer Chrisette Michele broke on to the music scene this year with original gospel, jazz and soulful sounds. The Long Island-bred musician has been featured on the albums of hit R&B artists Jay Z and Nas. Michele, 24, is promoting her debut album, "I Am." 8 p.m. tomorrow. Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St., Annapolis. $12.50. 410-268-4545 or

Artist Portraits and Self-Portraits

The Mitchell Gallery is hosting an exhibition on loan from the Syracuse University Art Collection. "The Artist Revealed" includes traditional, commissioned and experimental portraits and self-portraits of 51 individuals such as James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Eakins, Charlie Chaplin, C.S. Lewis and Pablo Casals. Works appear in media such as photography, lithographs, paintings, etchings, collages and sculptures. Artists include Milton Avery, Chuck Close, Leonard Baskin, Edward Steichen, Norman Rockwell, Anders Zorn, Winslow Homer and Paul Cezanne. Noon-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 7-8 p.m. Fridays, opens Saturday through Oct. 21. Curator's talk, 4 p.m. Sept. 14; opening reception and family program, 3:30-5 p.m. Sept. 16; seminar with Ebby Malmgren and Elliott Zuckerman, 7 p.m. Sept. 26 and Oct. 2, registration required; tour with art educator Lucinda Edinberg, 3 p.m. Sept. 30; lecture, 12:15 p.m. Oct. 10. Mitchell Gallery, St. Johns College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Free. 410-626-2556.

A Veritable 11-Day Smorgasbord

The 11-day Maryland State Fair dates to the late 19th century, when the four-day event was on four acres of farmland in Lutherville. Today, the fair, which promotes agriculture and livestock, occurs on more than 100 acres and includes home arts and agricultural exhibits, daily livestock and horse shows, rides, games, horse racing and live entertainment. During the final weekend, country rocker John Michael Montgomery, rock band INXS and jam bands Dark Star Orchestra and Tea Leaf Green will perform. A map of the fairgrounds, schedule of events, directions and ticket information are available online. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow through Sept. 3. Timonium Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd., Timonium. Entry fee, $6; ages 6-11, $3; age 5 and younger, free; ride and concert prices vary. 410-252-0200, Ext. 227, or

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