February 23, 2012 at 10:05 am EDT | by Juliette Ebner
Baltimore arts briefs: Feb. 24

Club Hippo hosts two parties

Club Hippo (1 West Eager St.) has two large events going on this weekend.

On Friday, the Ladies of LURe present “Lust,” celebrating LGBT history with the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore.

DJ Rosie will be providing music and Dystruxion dancers will be there. There will also be a raffle for Club Skirts Dinah Shore tickets.

Admission is $5 before midnight and $7 after.

On Saturday, Bellezza Entertainment and Club Hippo present their first major event of the year with Winter Pride.

This event will feature drink specials, give-a-ways, live performances by the Charm City Cabaret and more.

Admission is $10 and doors open at 10 p.m.

Both events are for 21 and older only.

Joan Crooks plays Dr. Livingstone, a psychiatrist who puts Sister Agnes, played by Julie Milillo, under hypnosis after she has visions in ‘Agnes of God.’ (Photo by Ken Stanek)

‘Agnes of God’ production opens

Spotlighters Theatre (817 Saint Paul St.) presents “Agnes of God” starring Joan Crooks, Nancy Linden and Julie Milillo opening tonight at 8 p.m.

“Agnes” tells the story of Dr. Martha Livingstone and how she assesses the sanity of Sister Agnes after she’s accused of murdering her newborn.

The show will run through March 18 with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m. There will be a “talk back” session with the cast and director on March 11 following the show.

Tickets range from $16 to $20 and can be purchased online at spotlighters.org.

There will also be a special performance on March 14 at 8 p.m. Tickets for this performance are $10.

Oscar night fundraiser for homeless youth

The 11th annual AIRS Oscar Night to Benefit is tonight at Pazo Restaurant (1425 Aliceanna St.) starting at 6 p.m. with dinner, cocktails and a short program followed by the Oscars.

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased online at oscarnightbaltimore.ocharityhappenings.org. Proceeds benefit CitySteps, a supportive housing program for homeless and unstably housed youth from ages 14 to 24.

AIRS is an organization founded as the faith community’s response to the AIDS epidemic and has been helping individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS since 1987.

For more information on AIRS and CitySteps, visit airshome.org.

Two diverse groups set to play France-Merrick this weekend

The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center (12 North Eutaw Street) presents Darwin Atwater’s “Evolution of a People” on tonight at 8 p.m. and the Peking Acrobats on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

“Evolution” is a musical monument to the varied aspects of African-American life, including business, sports, politics, cowboys, religion, fashion and more. Atwater has taken an entire culture and set it to music accompanied by a photographic narrative by Ellis Marsalis III.

Tickets range from $30 to $65.

For more information, visit soulfulsymphony.org.

The Peking Acrobats are a troupe of China’s most gift tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists and gymnasts complemented by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments.

Tickets range from $20 to $55.

All tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.

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