Backstage at Center Stage
Take a peek behind the scenes, meet professional actors and learn how sets are created when Center Stage lifts the curtains on behind-the-scenes magic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. "Backstage at Center Stage" includes backstage tours, light and sound demonstrations, technical exhibitions and door prizes. Visitors to the historic 110,000 square-foot building at 700 N. Calvert St. can also have their picture taken in costume and participate in an auction of costumes and props from past productions. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 410-332-0033. When a passionate Pablo Picasso and a fiery Albert Einstein meet in 1904 in a bohemian Paris bistro, they engage in a witty battle of ideas about painting, probability, lust and the future of the world. You can witness the hypothetical battle when Steve Martin's "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" comes to the Morris A. Mechanic Tuesday through April 19. Show time for the winner of the 1996 Outer Critics' Circle award for Best Play and Best Playwright is 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $21.50-$47.50. Call 410-752-1200. Take the family to Washington Saturday and cheer on marchers in the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, beginning at 9: 30 a.m. along Constitution Avenue and 7th Street. Now in its 28th year, the event showcases entries from across the country and around the world, including lavish floats, gigantic helium balloons, exciting international performance groups and some of the country's finest marching bands. General admission is free; reserved grandstand seats are available for $12. Call 202-728-1137.
Hip-hop to the Baltimore Zoo this weekend and celebrate spring at the Bunny BonanZoo. Hoppy the Bunny will lead visiting "bunnies" through the zoo Saturday and Sunday to an egg hunt at the Waterfowl Pavilion. Also featured will be games, prizes, costumed characters, crafts and entertainment, including a performance by children's recording artist Dana (pictured). And don't miss the nursery in the Children's Zoo. Newborn piglets, baby goats, sheep and chicks will be looking for special attention from visitors. The "eggcitement" runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $8.50, $5 ages 2-15 and seniors. Call 410-366-LION. Listen to soft ballads, original honky-tonk, country and rockabilly tunes Saturday when Ruthie and the Wranglers rope in their fans beginning at 8 p.m. at the Roots Cafe in the Center at St. Johns, 27th and St. Paul streets. The group's repertoire also includes a rousing version of hits from the '60s. Admission is $6. Call 410-880-3883. Celebrate spring this weekend with free entertainment and a visit by the Easter Bunny at the Inner Harbor Easter Weekend Festival. The two-day event features the comedy and antics of street performers, the jazz group Tim Eyermann & East Coast Offering, and music of the Andes by Alborado (pictured). Festivities are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 410-837-4636 or 800-282-6632. The end is almost here for "The End is Near! Visions of Apocalypse, Millennium and Utopia," at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. Originally scheduled to run through Jan. 4, but held over by popular demand, the exhibition of 250 works will close Sunday. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $6, $4 for seniors, students, and children. Call 410-244-1900.
Federal Hill Walking Tour
Join members of the Architecture Foundation Saturday morning and discover the Inner Harbor and historic Federal Hill neighborhoods. The two-hour walking tour begins at 10 a.m. at Federal Hill Park -- rain or shine. The cost is $10, free for foundation members. Call 410-625-2585.
Pub Date: 4/09/98