Tubman Book Discussion

Historian and author Kate Clifford Larson will be in Annapolis tomorrow to discuss and sign "Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero." Though few adult biographies have been written about the early life of Tubman, the Underground Railroad leader born in Dorchester County, Larson's book addresses that period. Larson, whose book came out in December, traces the lives ofslave owners and blended communities of free and enslaved people on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She discusses Tubman's role as a Civil War spy, the childhood accident that gave Tubman "sleeping spells, periods of semi-consciousness and temporal lobe epilepsy," and the passion for freedom that spurred her to leave her husband and children to run the Underground Railroad. 7-9 p.m. tomorrow. Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin St., Annapolis. Free. 410-216-6180 or banneker@dhcd.state.md.us.

'The Contrast'

Chip Lamb, director of Annapolis's Key School theater department, will perform an adaptation of "The Contrast," a comedy written by 18th-century playwright Royall Tyler. The farce features three New York City servants with differing takes on the importance of high style and high society. Lamb plays all three characters. 7 p.m. today. William Paca House and Garden, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. $15; members, volunteers, $10. 410-267-7619 or www.annapolis.org.

Chesapeake Bay Cook-Off

More than 30 barbecue teams from across the country and Canada will compete for the title of Smokin' on the Chesapeake cook-off champion during this weekend's Chesapeake Bay Cook-Off. The event will include live music by Howlin' Wolf Jr. and Roy Carrier and the Night Rockers. The winners will get the chance to compete in the American Royale cook-off and the Jack Daniels Invitational. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Chesapeake Bay Business Park, Route 8, Stevensville. $10; children 12 and younger, free; both days, $15. 877-742-7872.