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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 22, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 4
Baltimore Book Festival Happenings

The George Peabody and Arthur Friedheim libraries, and the Peabody Institute, are featured stops during the Baltimore Book Festival, which will be held in Mount Vernon Square this weekend, Sept. 26 to 28. There are four ways to enjoy these parts of Johns Hopkins.

Libraries of Mount Vernon, Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This walking tour of five cultural and arts libraries in the Mount Vernon Cultural District begins at the George Peabody Library, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place, and moves next to the Peabody Institute's Arthur Friedheim Library, which dates from the school's founding in 1857. For more information, stop by the Mount Vernon Cultural District tent near the Washington Monument. (George Peabody Library and Gallery hours during the festival are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.)

Literary Walking Tour of Mount Vernon, Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. Visit the haunts of Mount Vernon literary luminaries — the enigmatic Edgar Allan Poe, the curmudgeonly H.L. Mencken, hip-hop star Tupac Shakur and more — as you follow a lively map created for the tour by caricaturist Tom Chalkey of Homewood Art Workshops. Tours will gather at the George Peabody Library 15 minutes prior to the start.

Sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, guided tours are open for the first 30 guests; others can take self-guided tours. Visit the Maryland Humanities Council tent for more information.

Avant-garde, New and Contemporary Music at the George Peabody Library, Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Peabody graduate students Kyle Bennett and James Lowe are the featured performers in free concerts at the George Peabody Library. Bennett is studying computer music with Geoffrey Wright, and Lowe is studying guitar with Julian Gray.

The two will be joined by musicians from the Ligetisplit Ensemble, a group they founded this year that is dedicated to the pursuit of the avant-garde. The concerts will include a mixture of acoustical and amplified instruments and electronic media. The program features a work by Gyorge Ligeti for 100 metronomes and a John Cage work for 12 radios. Works by Paul Hindemith, Andrew Imbrie, Elliott Carter, and Bennett and Lowe will also be featured. For more information, call the Peabody Library Events office at 410-659-8197.

Peabody Institute tours, Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. Visitors can go behind the scenes at the Peabody Institute to experience the school's impressive architecture, learn about its 150-year history and get a sense of student life at a prestigious conservatory. The 1 p.m. tour will be led by Jeffrey Sharkey, Peabody director, and the 3 p.m. tour by Mellasenah Morris, dean of the conservatory.

The maximum number of participants is 20. Sign up at the Mount Vernon Cultural District booth and meet in Peabody's Rouse Visitors Center, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place.


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