Comedian of the operaThis opera isn't over until you laugh...

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November 07, 1996|By John Coffren

Comedian of the opera

This opera isn't over until you laugh at the comedic stylings of B.J. Ward's "Stand-Up Opera," 8 p.m. Saturday at Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Ward has fused opera and comedy with a voice capable of delivering four-octave notes and side-splitting jokes. Tickets cost $16. For more information, call (410) 516-7157.

Schuur thing

Soak up the velvety smooth sounds of two-time Grammy-winning jazz vocalist Diane Schuur on Saturday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills. Schuur has played the Monterey Jazz Festival, performed with Barry Manilow and appeared on "The Tonight Show." She'll perform songs from her latest CD, "Love Walked In." Tickets cost $35. Call (410) 481-SEAT.

Who's back

Who's next? The Who -- Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle -- that's who, for one performance of the rock opera "Quadrophenia" Monday at 7 p.m. at USAir Arena in Landover. The Who is joined by Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr's son, and singers Gary Glitter and Billy Idol during this live opus. Fans can enjoy such classics as "The Real Me," "Love, Reign O'er Me," "5: 15," "Drowned" and "My Generation." Tickets range from $45 to $65. Call (410) 481-SEAT.

Freestyling Moore

Spend this evening, starting at 7: 30, with filmmaker/social commentator/author Michael Moore for a screening of "Roger & Me," followed by a film discussion and book signing of "Downsize This! Random Threats from an Unarmed American" at the Baltimore Museum of Art during Freestyle, where admission is free from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Other First Thursday activities take place up and down the Charles Street corridor; call (410) 396-6314 for information. For details on BMA activities, call (410) 396-7100.

Unmasking Korean culture

Take in a performance art that dates back 1,500 years when 17 of Korea's top dancers do the Mask Dance of Korea on Saturday at 8: 15 p.m. in Stephens Hall Theatre at Towson State University, 7900 York Road. The dance illustrates the human condition and links between the cycle of seasons and human life from birth to death. Choreographer Young Sohn will lecture and show a video on the Korean Mask Dance before the night's performance. Tickets are $10; $8 for students, seniors and Asian Arts Culture Center members. Call (410) 830-ARTS.

Tiffany style

Shopping for Tiffany? Then get over to historic Evergreen House from Sunday through Nov. 12 for the 40th annual Carriage House Collection in the Tiffany Style. Peruse colorful floral arrangements and showcases of Tiffany objects or make holiday purchases from more than 50 exhibitors of items from jewelry to fly-fishing equipment. Saturday's gala opening at 7 p.m. costs $100 a person and includes cocktails, buffet dinner and an auction. Tickets after the opening are $8 and are available at the door of the mansion, 4545 N. Charles St. Call (410) 955-9341.

Around the harbor

Boarding party

Permission to board the Civil War survivor and last all-sail Navy warship, the sloop-of-war USS Constellation, will be granted for $1 Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pier One in the Inner Harbor. It's your last chance to walk the decks of the grand ship before she gets under way for Fort McHenry Shipyard and $9 million in restoration and repairs starting Nov. 17. Call (410) 837-4636 or (410) 539-1797 for details.

Sinking prices at Aquarium

Take advantage of "Fridays After 5" at the National Aquarium, where everyone's admitted for $5 every Friday after 5 p.m. during the cold season. You can tour "Jellies: Phantoms of the Deep," where you can get close to jellyfish and sea nettles without getting stung. The aquarium is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., on Fridays. For regular admission prices or other information, call (410) 576-3800.

Pasta-bilities

Watch Johns Hopkins School of Engineering students, area high school students and engineers from Whiting Turner Contracting Company test the tensile strength of pasta for a passing grade and $100 at the Spaghetti Bridge Building competition Sunday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. These culinary architects must construct their bridges using only spaghetti noodles, epoxy, glue or resin. The world-record holder withstood 388 pounds. Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for children 4 to 17, senior citizens and military personnel; free for ages 3 and under. For more information, call (410) 685-5225.

Pub Date: 11/07/96

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