Center Stage presents Spalding Gray

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April 26, 2001|By David M. Graves

Great Baltimore Bike Tour

What better way to exercise, enjoy the spring air and raise money for disabled children than to ride in the Great Baltimore Bike Tour? The Saturday event features three courses for various skill levels -- 10-mile, 20-mile and 40-mile lengths. The rides will begin at Camden Yards Sports Complex Lot B and wind through Eutaw Street Plaza at Oriole Park and historic neighborhoods in the heart of the city. Refreshments and rest stops will be located along the courses. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Rides have staggered starts beginning at 7:30 a.m. Helmets are required. Cost is $20 adults, $12 children. All proceeds will benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute. Call 410-502-9460 or visit www.kennedykrieger.org.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

A fine weekend is in store at the 24th annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Tomorrow through Sunday, about 400 artists and craftspeople will converge at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium to showcase their pottery, clothing, jewelry, art and other goods. If you're looking for something creative for the home, or want to find some one-of-a-kind earrings or original garments, you'll want to make this show. There also will be demonstrations in glass blowing, wood turning, "sculptooning," wheel-thrown pottery, iron-forging and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Cost is $6 adults; children under 12 free. Call 800-210-9900.

Johns Hopkins Spring Fair

Take a stroll around the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus as the school celebrates the season with its free Spring Fair. Enjoy a carnival atmosphere with rides, food, games, kids' shows, contests and live bands from noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tonight at 8, Def Comedy Jam featuring comedian Sam I Am comes to the school's Shriver Hall. Tickets are $10, $5 for Hopkins students. Johns Hopkins is at 3400 N. Charles St. Call 410-516-7692 for tickets or more information about the fair, or visit www.jhu.edu / spfair / .

Center Stage presents Spalding Gray

As part of Center Stage's Off Center series, monologuist Spalding Gray hits the stage with his one-man performance "Morning, Noon and Night," at 8 tonight through Saturday. The comedic play takes a peek into a day in the life of a family in eastern Long Island, N.Y. Gray helped inaugurate Center Stage's first Off Center series in 1993 with his acclaimed monologue "Gray's Anatomy." He's been in such films as "The Killing Fields," "Clara's Heart" and "Beaches."

Center Stage is at 700 N. Calvert St. Tickets are $30. Call 410-332-0033.

Open-door studio tour

More than 75 Baltimore artists will open their studios during the 13th annual Open Studio Tour from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. This free event lets the public explore artists' workplaces. Downtown studios (south of North Avenue) will be open Saturday, and uptown studios (north of North Avenue) will be open Sunday. Maps with the names, studio addresses and media of participating artists are available at School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St. Tour-takers can get around on their own or join one of the bus tours of the studios sponsored by School 33. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 children under 12. Call 410-396-4641.

AROUND THE HARBOR

WalkAmerica 2001

For the first time in 18 years, WalkAmerica 2001 will take place at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. So put on your walking shoes and help raise money for the March of Dimes on Sunday morning. In addition to the Inner Harbor start / finish point (Legg Mason Building, 100 Light St.), participants can walk in four counties: Anne Arundel (Navy / Marine Corps Stadium), Carroll County (Carroll County Farm Museum), Harford County (Forest Hill Recreation Center), and Howard County (Merriweather Post Pavilion). Participants should collect money beforehand and turn it in before starting the walk. Registration begins at 7 a.m. and the walks at 8 a.m., except in Howard County (8 a.m. and 9 a.m.) No walk is more than seven miles. Call 410-752-7990 or 800-927-WALK to sign up.

Lorna Luft at the Meyerhoff

Evoke fond thoughts of yesteryear -- that's what Lorna Luft hopes to do at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall today through Sunday when she sings the classics songs of her mother, Judy Garland. "The Songs My Mother Taught Me" is Luft's approach to Garland's songbook. A highlight of the show is a film and video tribute to Garland. Show times are 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $23 to $64. The Meyerhoff is at 1212 Cathedral St. Call 410-783-8000.

First up, the Irish Festival

Explore the rich history and culture of the Irish as Baltimore kicks off its Showcase of Nations tomorrow. Enjoy the Irish Festival at the Fifth Regiment Armory on 29th Division Street (at Howard and Preston streets). Ethnic foods, Irish dance and music, workshops and more are in store. The festivities run from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow, from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Cost is $8 general admission, $15 three-day pass, $5 seniors. Children are free. Call 410-747-6868 or visit www.irishfestival.com.

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