Magicians, jugglers, circus clowns...

FEATS OF COMEDY

November 08, 2001|By Karin Remesch

FEATS OF COMEDY

Magicians, jugglers, circus clowns, mimes, dancers and actors from across the country and beyond are gathering for workshops in Baltimore this week. You can admire their feats of comedy at a public performance at 8 p.m. Saturday at Boston Street Theatre, Best Western Hotel and Conference Center on O'Donnell Street, off Interstate 95. Among those featured are juggler Michael Rosman (pictured), comedian Bob Berky, visual artist Tony Montanaro, San Francisco vaudevillian Jef Raz, and Kenny Raskin, a former featured clown with the Cirque du Soleil. Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. Call 410-833-6777.

Singing the blues

Paul Rishell and Annie Raines will be singing the blues from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday a concert sponsored by the Baltimore Blues Society and the Baltimore Folk Society at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, 2200 St. Paul St. Expect to hear songs from the duo's latest album, Moving to the Country, which won the 2000 W.C. Handy Award for "Acoustic Blues Album of the Year." Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 at the door. Call 410-569-2112.

Benjamin Banneker's birthday

Celebrate the 270th anniversary of the birth of African-American scientist Benjamin Banneker at a living-history program and reception Saturday at the Banneker-Douglass Museum, 84 Franklin St. in Annapolis. Historic interpreters Dale Guy and Katie Pohlmann will portray Banneker and his grandmother, Molly Welsh Banneky. Banneker, who was an astronomer, abolitionist and publisher of several scientific almanacs, helped survey and lay out the land for the nation's capital in 1791. Festivities start at 2 p.m. Admission is free. Call 410-216-6180.

Comedy Soul Fest

Mo'Nique left Baltimore to conquer Hollywood, but she'll return to Charm City Saturday to keep you laughing at the Comedy Soul Fest at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. The "queen of comedy," who stars in the cable television show The Parkers, will share the stage with Bernie Mac, one of the original members of the "kings of comedy." Also part of the evening are the urban contemporary music group Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly, and R&B balladeer Gerald Levert. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $49.50 in advance; $42 and $51.50 at the door. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Veterans' Day ceremony

Master Sgt. Albert J. Bland, U.S. Army Air Corps (retired), is a former prisoner of war and a survivor of the Bataan Death March. On Sunday, he'll share his World War II experiences during a Veterans' Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at the War Memorial Building, 101 N. Gay St. During the "celebration of freedom," all men and women who have served in the nation's military will be remembered. A reception will be held after the program. Admission is free. Call 800-463-6295, Ext. 7101.

AROUND THE HARBOR

Brazilian training ship

The Brasil, a 431-foot, gray-hulled vessel, will be docked at the Inner Harbor's west wall Monday through Nov. 18. The frigate, a training ship for Brazil's Escola Naval (Naval Academy), carries 357 midshipmen, officers and crew. Join in welcoming the Brasil at a ceremony at noon Monday. You can step aboard and tour the vessel from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Nov. 15-16. The ship's visit to Baltimore's harbor is sponsored by Sail Baltimore. Admission is free. Call 410-837-4636.

BOC presents 'Tosca'

Murder, intrigue and lust are woven through the plot of Giacomo Puccini's masterpiece Tosca, which will be presented by the Baltimore Opera Company Saturday through Nov. 18 at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Taking the stage will be the passionate diva Floria Tosca, who values love and art beyond life; Cavaradossi, the lover whom Tosca is determined to save at all costs; and the villainous Scarpia, who plots to kill Cavaradossi so he can have Tosca for himself. The opera is sung in Italian with English surtitles. Times vary. Tickets are $37-$130. Call 410-727-6000.

'Tribute to Artie Shaw'

Take a trip down memory lane at "A Tribute to Artie Shaw," beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Throughout the evening you can revel in such classic tunes as "Begin the Beguine," "Stardust," "Dancing in the Dark" and "What Is This Thing Called Love." The tribute to the bandleader's life and music will be performed by the 14-piece Brooks Tegler Band, featuring Joe Midiri (pictured) on clarinet as Artie Shaw, and vocalist Lynn McCune as Helen Forest. Tickets are $17. Call 410-356-SHOW.

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