Andras Schiff with BSO Internationally acclaimed...


February 17, 2000|By Karin Remesch

Andras Schiff with BSO

Internationally acclaimed pianist Andras Schiff performs and conducts keyboard masterpieces with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, and 11 a.m. Saturday at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The program includes Bach's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D major and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major. A free pre-concert lecture starts at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Concert tickets are $22-$57. Call 410-783-8000.

Peking Acrobats at Meyerhoff

Witness daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; displays of contortions, flexibility and control; and acts of precision tumbling at a gravity-defying performance by the Peking Acrobats at 7: 30 p.m. Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral. The troupe of Chinese gymnasts, jugglers, cyclists and tumblers transforms 2,000-year-old traditions of strengths and concentration into modern-day entertainment. Tickets are $18-$40. Call 410-783-8000.

FOR THE RECORD - In Thursday's LIVE section, an incorrect time was given for the Black History Month program for children aboard the USS Constellation. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. today. The Sun regrets the errors.

RV show in Timonium

Discover the latest the RV industry has to offer at the 35th annual Maryland Recreational Vehicle Show at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Tomorrow through Sunday and Feb. 25-27, you can step aboard deluxe motor homes and travel trailers, take a look at truck inserts and examine tent campers. And you'll also get a chance to check out Dale Jarrett's NASCAR No. 88 Ford Taurus Saturday and Sunday, and Ricky Rudd's NASCAR No. 28 Ford Taurus Feb. 26-27. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6; free for children under 12. Call 410-687-6191.

`Hostage' drama at Center Stage

When Brendan Behan's satirical Irish drama "The Hostage" opens tomorrow at Center Stage's Head Theater, traditional theater seats will be replaced by pub-style tables and chairs and a fully operative bar. The play, about a hostage situation at an Irish lodging house, features traditional and original Irish music and dance and a cast of colorful characters, including IRA members, prostitutes and their clients, musicians and layabouts. The play continues through April 2 at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Most performances start at 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. and 7: 30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $24-$29. Call 410-332-0033.

Irish music and poetry

Join the Howard County Poetry and Literature Society for an "Evening of Irish Music and Poetry" at 8 p.m. tomorrow in the Jim Rouse Theatre, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia. Irish poet Paula Meehan reads from her work and the band Celtic Thunder performs traditional Irish music, including reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes and slow airs. Topping off the evening are step dancers from the O'Hare School of Irish Dance. Tickets are $22 at the door; $23 by phone order. Call 410-730-1802.

Cuban musician at the Senator

Cuban singer and guitarist Eliades Ochoa, who participated in the Buena Vista Social Club sessions, performs at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. The musician is also a member of Cuarteto Patria, a group dedicated to preserving a pure style of folkloric music. Concert proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter. Tickets are $33. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Around the Harbor

Zydeco dance lessons at AVAM

Take Zydeco dance lessons and learn to play the rub board with the Alligator Zydeco Band from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. The workshop is part of AVAM's Jambalaya Series, created to increase public awareness of Mardi Gras and Carnival traditions. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10. Call 410-244-1900.

Black history aboard the Constellation

Dr. W. Jeffrey Bolster, author of "Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail," discusses and signs his book at 2 p.m. Saturday on the USS Constellation. Also, beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday aboard the historic frigate, children can learn deck caulking as done by African-Americans in Baltimore in the 1800s and also try their hands at celestial navigation. The USS Constellation is docked at Pier 1 in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Admission is $6, $3.50 ages 6-14, and free ages 5 and younger. Call 410-539-1797.

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