Out&about

Out of Africa: Come out to Berkeley Springs Saturday to see authentic African dance and drumming combined with colorful costumes. The internationally acclaimed, Baltimore-based Sankofa Dance Theater will perform outdoors at the Berkeley Springs State Park downtown starting at 5:30 p.m. In case of rain, the performance moves to the nearby Ice House art center. The event is part of the Morgan Arts Council’s free Summer Concerts in the Park. The series continues every Saturday through late August. For more on this week’s performers, go to www.sankofadancetheater.org. Major sponsors for the concert series include the restaurant Lot 12, Best Western Berkeley Springs Inn and the Star Theatre in downtown Berkeley Springs. The National Endowment for the Arts and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts also contribute.

World-class theater: Arts lovers from across the East Coast flock to Shepherdstown each July to see the latest modern plays at the Contemporary American Theater Festival – and locals who love theater won’t want to miss the experience either. Equity actors perform five riveting plays in a rotating repertory that continues Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. West Virginia residents can get a discount on tickets for any of the Thursday shows on the lineup. The festival continues through July 29. For details or to reserve seats, call 800-999-2283 or go to www.catf.org.

Photography lesson: Connect with award-winning photographer Mary Jo Bennett in Charles Town Saturday as the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative’s free “Making Art” series continues.

Anyone’s welcome to stop by the gallery at 108 N. George St. between 1 to 5 p.m.

Organizers say the monthly “Making Art” sessions are an informal time when gallery visitors may sit and watch each artist and ask questions about materials or technique or how an artist makes decisions as he or she works.

The gallery’s regular hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, contact Washington Street at 304-724-2090.

Market madness: Besides the Saturday morning farmers market in downtown Charles Town and the Sunday market behind Shepherdstown Public Library, fans of fresh vegetables and other homegrown fare can come to Morgan’s Grove Market on W.Va. 480 just outside Shepherdstown Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. MGM is a fun way to shop, catch up with friends (and meet new ones), with free activities for the kids. You can have breakfast there, too, complete with java from Black Dog Coffee and delicious, nutritious teas from Kristen Dorsey’s Divine Journeys. There’s more after the market wraps up. Starting at 1 p.m., another in the summer-long concert series to benefit Jefferson County non-profits kicks off. Tickets cost $8 in advance (and are on sale at Morgan’s Grove Market and the Blue Moon eatery in Shepherdstown) or $10 at the door. Anyone 21 or younger gets in free. For details on the market itself or this week’s concert, visit www.morgansgrovemarket.com.

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