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January 11, 2001|By Karin Remesch

Orioles FanFest

Test your pitching arm, swing a bat and shake hands with Baltimore Orioles players, including Brook Fordyce, Jerry Hairston, Albert Belle, B. J. Ryan, Chuck McElroy, Greg Myers and Jay Spurgeon, at Orioles FanFest 2001 Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Coaches Terry Crowley, Elrod Hendricks, Sam Perlozzo and Mark Wiley and manager Mike Hargrove are also expected to participate in the daylong event that features a variety of activities -- children's clinics, interactive games, fan forums, tours of the Orioles' clubhouse and autograph and photo sessions with past and current big-league players. There also will be baseball-card and memorabilia displays and museum exhibits. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $5 and $10. Call 410-685-9800.

The Hilton Ruiz Quintet

Enjoy Afro-Caribbean rhythms mixed with jazz improvisations when Latin jazz pianist Hilton Ruiz and his band mates perform at 5 p.m. Sunday in the Meyerhoff Theater at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive at North Charles Street. The concert is presented by the Chamber Jazz Society. Tickets are $10-$20. Call 410-385-5888.

Fishing Expo & Boat Show

Talk angling with the experts and climb aboard more than 350 bass and saltwater fishing boats today through Sunday at the 17th Annual Fishing Expo & Boat Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Browse retail exhibits and discover a huge array of freshwater, saltwater and fly fishing tackle. Reel in a live bass from a 6,000-gallon aquarium during seminars. Test your casting skills at a pond stocked with trout. Show hours are noon to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 and $8. Call 410-838-8687.


Tomorrow and Saturday, you can join Franklin, everyone's favorite turtle, and his friends Fox, Beaver, Bear and Snail at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. During "Franklin's Big Adventure," the pals are off to visit a museum where "real dinosaurs" are waiting for them, and Franklin has a close encounter with a creature larger than himself. The full-length musical theater production is based on the Nickelodeon animated series. Show time is 7 p.m. tomorrow, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $18.50-$23.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

International Auto Show

Sit in the driver's seat, inspect engines and compare legroom in hundreds of the latest cars, trucks, minivans and sport-utility vehicles parked next Wednesday through Jan. 21 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Covering more than 320,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Motor Trend International Auto Show features 2001 and 2002 models from dozens of domestic and import manufacturers. Among the vehicles making their East Coast debuts are Lexus' new convertible, the 2002 SC 430, the 2002 Isuzu Axiom and the 2002 Ford Thunderbird. Other sneak-peeks include the Buick Rendezvous, Cadillac Escalade and Chevrolet Trailblazer. The show also offers futuristic concept cars, exotic vehicles and sport celebrity appearances. Hours vary. Admission is $4-$8. Call 410-649-7000 or 858-523-0001.

A show of 100 teapots

They've been thrown, pinched, extruded, coiled, carved, burnished, scraped and altered. The result? One hundred functional, sculptural and decorative teapots made by 71 clay artists from across the nation. View the creations Saturday through Feb. 24 at Baltimore Clayworks, 5706 Smith Ave. The teapots are made in a variety of materials, ranging from terra cotta to porcelain. The show, called "100 Teapots" and juried by clay artist, teacher, lecturer and writer Peter Pinnell, opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Regular show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Admission is free. Call 410-578-1919.

'Valley Song'

Seventeen-year-old Veronica longs to leave the farmlands to become a singer in Johannesburg, but her grandfather, a South African "colored," urges her to stay in the security of their family valley, where his love can protect her. Watch their story unfold in Athol Fugard's play "Valley Song," tomorrow through Feb. 11 at Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $10-$12. Call 410-276-7837.

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