'The Pajama Game' Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St...


October 11, 2001|By Karin Remesch

'The Pajama Game'

Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., opens its 39th season at 8 p.m. tomorrow with The Pajama Game, a Tony Award-winning vintage musical about love and labor relations at the Sleep Tite Pajama Factory. Based on Richard Bissell's novel 7 1/2 Cents, the musical puts workplace sweethearts Sid Sorokin and Babe Williams on opposite sides of a dispute over a hotly contested 7 1/2 -cent raise. The show, which runs through Dec. 2, includes such hit-parade standards as "Hey There," "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway." Most shows are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays (no matinee Oct. 14). Tickets are $30-$50. Call 410-332-0033.

MHS Antiques Show

From glassware, folk art and silver to paintings, political memorabilia and furniture, this weekend's Maryland Historical Society Antiques Show features items that will appeal to the connoisseur and the beginning collector alike. Lectures are also scheduled during the three-day event, which is being held at the society's headquarters, 201 W. Monument St. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10. Call 410-685-3750.

FOR THE RECORD - A story in Thursday's LIVE section incorrectly stated that there is an admission fee to Sunday's Wine and Jazz Festival in Mount Washington. The festival is free; a ticket to taste the wines is $15. The Sun regrets the error.

Alice Cooper at Merriweather

Halloween comes a bit early to the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia this year. If you dare to be among the first 2,500 fans coming through the gates for Tuesday's concert by shock rocker Alice Cooper, you'll get the full Halloween experience -- a 3-D clown asylum, a haunted farmhouse, an amusement midway and more. Gates open at 6 p.m. Starting at 9 p.m., Cooper will rock the stage with his hits, including "Poison" and "No More Mr. Nice Guy." Also, expect to hear tracks from his recently released album, Dragontown. Tickets are $28.50 and $38.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Chocolate Festival

Today through Saturday, immerse yourself in chocolate. From chocolate cookies, chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolate fudge to chocolate pies and chocolate-flavored coffees, the 19th annual Chocolate Festival at Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St., offers every type of chocolate imaginable. You can also enter a chocolate-eating contest, attend a cooking-with-chocolate class and listen to live music. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Call 410-685-6169.

Maryland Million

Fall horse racing peaks Saturday with the 16th running of the Maryland Million. And this year, the event, dubbed "Maryland's Day at the Races," returns to Pimlico, Baltimore's 130-year-old race course off Northern Parkway. Only thoroughbreds sired by Maryland-based stallions run in this event. Post time for the first of the 11 races -- worth a total of $1 million -- is 12:35 p.m. Pimlico's infield, which opens at 10:30 a.m., will be the site of a variety of family entertainment, including pony rides. A trick-riding exhibition, jumping demonstration and Jack Russell terrier races are scheduled between races. Admission is $3-$10. Call 410-542-9400.

'The Barber of Seville

Figaro, Count Almaviva, Rosina and Dr. Bartolo take the stage tonight when the Baltimore Opera Company opens its 51st season with Rossini's comic masterpiece The Barber of Seville. The cunning barber Figaro masterminds a series of schemes to help Count Almaviva woo and win the lovely Rosina (Vivica Genaux, pictured). But her guardian, Dr. Bartolo, is determined to keep her and her fortune to himself. The tale is sung in Italian, with English surtitles. Performances are 7:30 p.m. today, 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, 8:15 p.m. Oct. 19 and 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $37-$137. Call 410-727-6000.

Racing, kayaking, jazz and wine

Three rescheduled events can pack your Saturday and Sunday with fun activities. Start by joining the Race for the Cure at 8 a.m. Saturday at PSINet Stadium and help raise money for breast-cancer research, education, screening and treatment. Registration fee for the 5K run / walk is $25 in advance; $35 on race day. Call 410-433 RACE. After the race, "Get to Know Your Watershed" from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the free Gwynns Falls Watershed Festival along the Gwynns Falls Trail on Franklintown Road. Activities include nature walks, fly-fishing demonstrations and picnicking. Call 410-277-0900. On Sunday, for the Jones Falls Valley Celebration. Run the Jones Falls Expressway in an 8K race that starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Poly-Western high school complex. Stroll, bike, skate or push a baby carriage along the closed-to-traffic northbound lanes of the highway from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Canoe and kayak the Jones Falls from noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy food, exhibits, nature walks, children's activities and more at the Festival on the Falls, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1901 Falls Road. Finish the day at the Mount Washington Wine Jazz Festival, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the heart of the Mount Washington business district. Jones Falls activities are free; the wine festival is $15. Call 410-528-8706.

Festival on the Hill

Homemade delicacies and musical entertainment take center stage Saturday 01NME:+REDLINE:kremesch:10 / 13 -REDLINEat the 47th annual Festival on the Hill, a celebration of the historic Baltimore neighborhood of Bolton Hill -- known for its early brick cottages, Queen-Anne-style mansions, alley houses and row homes along tree-lined streets. Music will be provided by neighborhood choirs and local bands, and the food served will come from residents' kitchens. The event also includes guided walking tours. The festival takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the 1300 block of Bolton Street. Admission is free. Call 410-669-0220.

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