'Big' doing in Essex
A musical and a Pulitzer Prize-winning drama close Cockpit in Court's summer theater season at the Essex Campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 7201 Rossville Blvd. Opening tomorrow in the Mainstage Theatre is "Big: The Musical," based on the Tom Hanks film, and in the Upstairs Cabaret Theatre, Edward Albee's "Three Tall Women." Both shows start at 8 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and July 29-31 and 2 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 1. Tickets are $12 for Upstairs and $13-$15 for the Mainstage. Call 410-780-6369.
Artrain USA, the nation's only traveling art museum on a train, stops in Union Station in Washington today through Sunday before rolling into Taneytown Aug. 5-8. Visitors are invited to step aboard in both places to view "Artistry of Space," an exhibition of artworks from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and National Air and Space Museum collections. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the first man on the moon, the exhibition reflects the energy and excitement of space exploration. Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today-tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Aug. 5-8. Call 800-278-1971 or visit the Web site at www.artrain.org.
Mentalist Marc Salem
Spend "A Night Out of Your Mind" when mentalist Marc Salem performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, Dulaney Valley Road. Tickets are $15, and proceeds benefit P'TACH, an education program for Jewish children with learning disabilities. Call 410-486-5323.
'Phenomenal Woman' tribute
Enjoy an evening of jazz, comedy and poetry and pay tribute to Dr. Rose-Marie Toussaint, author of "Never Question the Miracle: A Surgeon's Story," at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive and North Charles Street. "Phenomenal Woman: A Jazz and Comedy Salute" features the jazz group Just Us (pictured) and comedian Jay Phillips. Tickets are $25. Call 410-902-7645.
BMX Festival at Six Flags
The parking lot at Six Flags America in Largo is transformed into an "extreme" bike course, complete with half-pipe ramps, box jumps and rails, and you can ride with the pros Wednesday through July 30. Professional freestyle riders on the Specialized Mountain Dew 415 Tour perform back flips and 720-degree spins during scheduled shows, and they also teach techniques in riding clinics -- bikes and helmets are provided. Show hours are 2 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Wednesday and 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. July 29-30. Sign-up sessions for riding clinics begin 30 minutes before show time. Event is included in park admission of $29.99, $14.99 for those 48 inches and under, free for ages 3 and under. Call 301-249-1500.
AROUND THE HARBOR
More than 80 professional offshore power boats will race at thunderous speeds under the Key Bridge near Fort Carroll this weekend, competing in the 1999 Chesapeake Challenge. Spectators are invited to a festival at Race Village at the Baltimore Marine Center at Lighthouse Point, in the 2700 block of Boston Street. The race can also be viewed from Fort Armistead Park and on TV at selected establishments along the Inner Harbor. The Race Village and festival are open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Join drivers and crew at a pool party at the Baltimore Marine Center at 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. The festivities are free except for the pool party, which is $15. Call 410-675-8888.
Pageantry at Fort McHenry
Listen to fifes and drums and watch drill teams perform their routines during a tattoo at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, East Fort Avenue. The ceremony features the Fife and Drum Corps, Continental Color Guard and Drill Team of the U.S. Army's "Old Guard" in Washington. The Fort McHenry Guard, a group of volunteers uniformed as the War of 1812 defenders of Baltimore, also joins the military pageantry. Admission is free. Call 410-962-4290.
Sports Day at Port Discovery
Meet professional athletes and learn a few techniques during sports clinics from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Port Discovery, the kid-powered museum on Market Street. Clinics, which include soccer, fencing, karate and lacrosse, take place at the NationsBank Plaza, the Atrium and the museum's Activity Center. All Sports Day activities are free; admission to tour the museum, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, is $10, $7.50 ages 3-12; free for kids under 3. Call 410-727-8120.