`Tchotchkes!' at Jewish Museum They're knick-knacks and...

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March 16, 2000|By Karin Remesch

`Tchotchkes!' at Jewish Museum

They're knick-knacks and mementos that adorn homes, offices and cars, and yet they're much more than that. When "Tchotchkes! Treasures of the Family Museum" opens Sunday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., visitors to the exhibit will discover that seemingly trivial collectibles not only have important personal meaning but also can reflect ethnic identity. On view through Sept. 24, the exhibit includes almost 1,000 colorful items, ranging from Israeli olive wood camels and faux Jewish-themed Macca Beans to Ten Commandments salt and pepper shakers and Jerusalem snow globes. Admission is $4, children $2; and $5 on opening day. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday. Call 410-732-6400.

St. Patrick's Day parade

Celebrate the luck of the Irish, Baltimore style, at the 44th annual St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday. Beginning at 2 p.m., tip your hat to 26 bands and more than 60 other marching units, leprechauns and floats. The parade steps off at Mount Vernon Place, proceeds south along Charles Street to Pratt Street, turns left and disbands at Market Place. Grand marshal is Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley. Admission is free. Call 410-465-7022.

`Sizzlin' Broadway' at Meyerhoff

Cincinnati Pops conductor Erich Kunzel (pictured) and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra heat up the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., with a "Sizzlin' Broadway" program at 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Listen to tunes from such award-winning musicals as "Ragtime," "The Lion King," "Les Miserables," "Titanic," "Smokey Joe's Cafe" and more. The orchestra will be joined by soprano Kathleen Brett, tenor Kevin Anderson, baritone Daniel Narducci and the BSO Chorus. Tickets are $21-$59. Call 410-783-8000.

Christine Lavin; Brave Old World

For a musical revue of life, love and laughter, take in a performance by folk singer and songwriter Christine Lavin at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Expect to hear excerpts from her newest album, "One Wild Night in Concert." Tickets are $18. Return to the center at 7: 30 p.m. Tuesday for an evening of klezmer music by Brave Old World (pictured). Musicians Michael Alpert, Alan Bern, Kurt Bjorling and Stuart Brotman perform classical music and jazz influenced by East European Jewish traditions. Tickets are $15. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Wagner's `Tannhauser'

The Baltimore Opera Company's presentation of Richard Wagner's masterpiece "Tannhauser" opens today and runs through March 26 at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. The production, which is sung in German with English surtitles, is directed by film and stage director Werner Herzog. Heldentenors Jon Fredric West (pictured) and Louis Gentile share the title role of the minstrel-knight torn between his lust for the goddess Venus, sung by soprano Petra Lang, and his longing for the pure Elizabeth, portrayed by soprano Eva Johansson. Curtain time is 7: 30 p.m. today, Saturday, Wednesday and March 24; 3 p.m. Sunday and March 26. Tickets are $25-$112. Call 410-727-6000.

Joyce J. Scott at the BMA

Art comes off the walls and moves onto the stage when Joyce J. Scott debuts "Virtual Reality," her first new performance piece in five years, at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday in the Meyerhoff Auditorium at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Commissioned in conjunction with the Scott artwork currently on display at the museum, the hourlong performance explores the dehumanizing and isolating effects of "virtual reality" on technology. Tickets are $15, $13 for museum members, seniors and students. Call 410-396-6001.

Around the Harbor

Theatre Serenissima

Artist Rick Shelley brings his handcrafted miniature theater to the American Visionary Art Museum for three weekends beginning tomorrow at 7: 30 p.m. Saturday's performance is also 7: 30 p.m.; Sunday's is 4 p.m. The shows continue March 24-26 and March 31-April 1 with the same Friday, Saturday and Sunday hours. For each performance, Shelley narrates three stories he has written -- each complete with original music. Sets are created with permanent and recycled objects. Performances, geared to adults and sophisticated children, are limited to an audience of 28. Admission is $15. The museum is at 800 Key Highway. Call 410-244-1900.

Art exhibit at the Top of the World

Climb to the Top of the World Observation Level for a view of innovative works by female artists. "Artist/Woman/Image2" combines offerings by Deborah Shedrick, Dr. Camilla A. Blackwell, Betty Rosen (an example of her work is pictured) and Kim Cadmus Owens. The exhibit is open through March on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3, $2 seniors and children under 16. Call 410-837-VIEW.

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