'Beauty and the Beast' on iceEnjoy a magical presentation...

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January 29, 1998|By Karin Remesch

'Beauty and the Beast' on ice

Enjoy a magical presentation on ice when Walt Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" skates into the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., Wednesday through Feb. 8. A company of international figure skating champions presents a production of song, dance, comedy and romance set to the Academy Award-winning score of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken. Shows are at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Feb. 5; 10: 30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 6; noon, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 7; and 1: 30 p.m. Feb. 8. Tickets are $9.50-$28.50. Call 410-481-SEAT. Conductor Laureate Sergiu Comissiona returns this weekend to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., to lead the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a salute to the music of Eastern Europe along with pianist Eduardus Halim (pictured) and cimbalom player James Earl Barnes. The program includes music by Enesco, Liszt, Smetana and Kodaly. Hours for the "Favorites Series" concerts are 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $17-$38. Call 410-783-8000. Take a trip to the "West Side" when the musical theater classic "West Side Story" comes to the Lyric Opera House, 1404 Maryland Ave., for five performances tomorrow through Sunday. The musical that first electrified Broadway nearly 40 years ago is the collaboration of four theater legends -- director/choreographer Jerome Robbins, librettist Arthur Laurents, composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Based on Shakespeare's timeless love story, "Romeo and Juliet," the musical is set against the gritty backdrop of gang warfare on the streets of New York. Show time is 8 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $21-$49. Call 410-481-SEAT. "Chicago," the winner of six Tony Awards including 1997 Best Musical Revival, comes to the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Hopkins Plaza, for a two-week run Feb. 3-15. The musical tells the story of Roxie Hart, a nightclub dancer who kills her lover, then dupes the public and media by hiring Chicago's shrewdest lawyer, who ultimately twists her crime into celebrity headlines and gets her acquitted. Show time varies each week. Tickets are $30-$62.50. Call 410-752-1200. For songs ranging from pop/rock to folk ballad to cabaret, listen to Susan Werner when she presents a concert at 8: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Mays Chapel, 11911 Jenifer Road in Timonium. The classically trained and jazz-inspired singer and songwriter accompanies herself on the guitar or piano while belting out songs about changing social patterns. Local singer and songwriter Tom Vincent opens. The concert starts at 8: 30 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door. Call 410-922-5210. The Chesapeake Bay Boat Show returns to the Baltimore Convention Center Saturday through Feb. 8, providing area boating enthusiasts with exciting nautical products and prices. Hundreds of boats, engines and marine accessories are available for the public to see, board and buy. A sports-fishing simulator, a portable tank stocked with game fish for live casting demonstrations, is included, plus up-to-date information on Maryland's entry into the Whitbread Round the World Sailboat Race, and boat-building demonstrations. Hours are Saturdays 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $7 adults and $3 children. Call 212-922-1212.

AVAM counts down to Mardi Gras

Prepare for Mardi Gras at a mask-making workshop with artist Leo Rodriguez from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and a Cajun cooking class with chef Peter Zimmer from 10 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. Saturday at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. The cost of the mask-making workshop is $10 and includes all materials and refreshments. The cooking workshop is $25. Both programs are part of a pre-Lenten series of workshops on the country Cajun rituals of Mardi Gras. Call 410-244-1900.

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