After a four-year absence, the Ringling...

RINGLING RETURNS:

April 25, 1992

RINGLING RETURNS: After a four-year absence, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns this week to the Baltimore Arena. Shows are scheduled Thursday through Sunday, this week and next -- 21 performances in all.

But if you just can't wait for the opening performances at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday to see a little circus action, you can at least see a few of the animals and perhaps some clowns as the menagerie takes a stroll to the Arena about 6 p.m. Tuesday from a rail siding near Pratt and Arlington streets. A mayoral "welcoming ceremony" featuring a couple of elephants, clowns and showgirls is scheduled for noon Wednesday at City Hall Plaza. Show information: 347-2000.

LIFE'S CHAOTIC: Why does a tire vibrate unpredictably when it hits a pothole at 55 mph? Why do some structures fall during an earthquake and some remain standing?

If life sometimes seems chaotic, it is -- and scientists can prove it. You can get some ideas how at a new exhibit at the Maryland Science Center introducing the science of chaos.

The exhibit uses computer games and other hands-on activities to help visitors answer such questions. The exhibit will be at the ++ center through June 14. Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 685-2370.

HARBOR TAXIS: Water taxis serving the Inner Harbor expand their daily schedules May 1 to 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Information: 547-0090.

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