'State Fair'After creating the role on Broadway last year...

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March 26, 1998|By Karin Remesch

'State Fair'

After creating the role on Broadway last year, John Davidson will once again don his overalls and plaid shirt to play Iowa farmer Abel Frake in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "State Fair" Tuesday through April 5 at the Lyric Opera House, 1405 Maryland Ave. The musical, set during the 1946 Iowa State Fair, reflects the kinder and gentler post-World War II era as it tells the story of a family's adventures at the fair and how it changes their lives. Show time is 8 p.m. Tuesday through April 4; 2 p.m. April 4-5; and 7: 30 p.m. April 5. Tickets are $21-$42.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Best of the Bard

Some of the mid-Atlantic's most prestigious Shakespearean actors will speak some of the Bard's most endearing and enduring lines when the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival presents "The Best of the Bard: Scenes from Shakespeare" at p.m. Saturday at the Vagabond Theater, 806 S. Broadway, Fells Point. The fund-raising event supports the company's high school residency program and other theatrical activities. Tickets are $35, $20 for seniors and students and include a reception with the cast. Call 410-837-4143.

Big Apple, Big Easy

The Crescent City's French Quarter and Manhattan's Lower East Side are 1,500 miles apart, but they will intersect today when the exultant wail of Jewish klezmer music meets the audacious swing of traditional New Orleans jazz in "The Big Apple -- The Big Easy" at 8 p.m. at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Klezmer group Brave Old World joins New Orleans' trumpeter Kermit Ruffins and His Barbecue Swingers to create a surprising American musical celebration. Tickets are $27. Call 410-356-SHOW.

Temirkanov at the BSO

Music director designate Yuri Temirkanov, who succeeds David Zinman as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in the 1999-2000 season, conducts the BSO tomorrow through Sunday in a Favorites Concerts Series. The program will include Schumann's Piano Concerto with pianist Jonathan Gilad, Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2. The concerts start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $17-$53. Call 410-783-8000.

AH 'Fairy Tales on Ice'

Enjoy "Fairy Tales on Ice" this weekend when the Columbia Figure Skating Club presents its annual spring show at the Columbia Ice Rink, 5876 Thunder Hill Road. About 130 skaters will showcase their talents in short pieces inspired by Hans Christian Andersen. Performances are 2: 30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1: 30 p.m. and 4: 30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8.50. Call 410-730-0321.

'Art Blooms'

The Walters Art Gallery bursts into magnificent blooms this weekend when the Women's Committee presents the 9th annual "Art Blooms" at the gallery, 600 N. Charles St. Tomorrow through Sunday, members of more than 45 garden clubs and horticultural societies translate Walters masterpieces into masterful botanical inventions. Supplementing the floral interpretations are docent guided tours, lectures by nationally known horticulture experts and flower-arranging demonstrations by noted floral designers. The resplendent festival coincides with the kickoff of the major exhibition, "Monet: Paintings of Giverny from the Musee Marmottan," on view at the Walters Sunday through May 31. For a complete schedule of "Art Blooms" events and tickets prices, call 410-547-9000, Ext. 305. Hours for the Monet exhibition are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday and Saturday-Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday. Admission is $6-$12. Call 888-844-4242.

Around the Harbor

Top of the World exhibit

Climb to the "Top of the World" and view an art exhibit honoring the work of women. Coinciding with Women's History Month, the exhibit is on display through April and includes a variety of styles including black and white photography, Japanese wall art and handcrafted hats. The Top of the World Observation Level and Museum is on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5: 30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is $3, $2 for seniors and children. Call 410-837-4515.

Mount Everest Adventure

Howard P. Colhoun climbed Mount Everest in an attempt to evaluate the environmental damage caused by careless climbers and to help remove 25 years of accumulated garbage ranging from empty oxygen tanks to tons of metal cans. Join the photographer, adventurer and member of the National Aquarium in Baltimore's advisory board for an armchair journey to the harsh domain of Mount Everest at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St. Admission is $5 for members, $13 non-members. Call 410-727-FISH.

Pub Date: 3/26/98

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