Evolution of an Artist

To honor Greenbelt artist Ted Kliman on his 75th birthday, his son Todd has put together a retrospective. Kliman began his artistic career 25 years ago. In recent years, his works have included huge, haunting oil paintings and smaller framed drawings based on religious themes. A sampling of Kliman's works will be on display from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the Greenbelt Community Center's multipurpose room. Included are works from his vibrant, colorful early period and more recent experimentations with form, shape and abstractions. Admission is free. The community center is at 15 Crescent Rd. in Greenbelt. 301-397-2208.

World Fusion

Percussion trio RebbeSoul performs world beat music with Hebrew roots at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center as part of the University of Maryland's "First Year Book" program. All first-year students this year were required to read "The Stakes" by Shibley Telhami, which examines U.S. policy in the Middle East. The music is a mix of rhythms from eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. What results is a progressive funk/ethnic rock sound made with the balalaika, darbouka, djembe, cajon and other instruments. The free show begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Ina and Jack Kay Theatre on Stadium Drive and University Boulevard in College Park. 301-405-2787.

Battle of Blues Bands

In a search for "undiscovered" local blues talent, bands from the District, Maryland and Virginia will compete to represent Washington at the 2005 International Blues Challenge in Memphis in February. The competing bands will be announced and will perform Saturday from 8:3o p.m. to midnight at Chick Hall's Surf Club, 4711 Kenilworth Ave., in Bladensburg. Winners from recent years include Richard Johnston, Delta Moon, Zac Harmon and the Mid-South Blues Revue. Admission is $10 and goes to the winning band to help cover travel expenses. 301-927-6310.