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February 14, 2002|By Karin Remesch

David Brenner at the Improv

Stand-up comedian and talk-show favorite David Brenner, who's made a record 158 appearances on The Tonight Show, will entertain audiences with his razor-sharp wit today through Sunday at the Baltimore Improv, 6 Market Place. Show time is 8:30 p.m. today and Sunday, 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets are $25. Call 410-727-8500.

'Mister Roger's Neighborhood'

Step into Mister Roger's Neighborhood tomorrow through May 5 at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. Fred Rogers no longer tapes new episodes of his popular PBS television series, but children and their families can now explore his home and neighborhood of make-believe in a 2,500-square-foot traveling exhibit. The Neighborhood Trolley will transport you to areas featuring various hands-on activities, including a closet where you can try on sweaters and sneakers (a la Mister Rogers) and King Friday XIII's castle, where you can dress up like the king, Queen Sara and Prince Tuesday. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $7-$16. Call 410-685-5225.

Impressionist works at the Walters

A collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings makes its American debut Sunday at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. The Age of Impressionism: European Masterpieces From Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen will be on view through May 26. The show includes more than 80 works by such artists as Corot, Rousseau, Courbet, Manet, Morisot, Monet, Sisley, Pissaro, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas, Matisse and Gauguin (whose Portrait of a Young Girl is pictured). Exhibition hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, with selected evening hours. Admission is $6-$12, free under age 6. Call 410-547-9000.

Two new shows at the BMA

Lush romantic landscapes and images of tall ships battered by waves will be on view Sunday through May 26 when the Baltimore Museum of Art presents Reflections of Sea and Light: Paintings and Watercolors by J.M.W. Turner From Tate. The exhibition, organized by London's Tate galleries, features more than 100 works by the 19th-century British artist --- many never before shown. (Pictured below is his Yacht Approaching the Coast.) Additionally, the BMA is presenting a rare exhibition of Japanese Woodblock Prints From the Cone Collection. Running Wednesday through May 12, the exhibit features 25 color prints and eight books illustrating popular life during Japan's Edo Period (1615-1868). The museum is at 10 Art Museum Drive. Hours vary. Admission is $5 and $7, free for age 18 and younger. Call 410-396-7100.

'Blast'

Big noise, big band, swirling flags and spinning sabers. The musical Blast! marches into the Lyric Opera House Tuesday for eight performances. The explosive production, inspired by the pageantry of marching bands, features a cast of 60 in three performing sections -- brass, percussion and visual ensembles. The show runs through Feb. 24. The Lyric is located at 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Times vary. Admission is $20-$63.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Jazz at the BMA

At age 30, saxophonist Chris Potter is the youngest musician ever to receive the annual Danish Jazzpar Prize, but when it comes to performing, he's an old pro --- he's been playing the saxophone since elementary school. Beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday, the Chris Potter Quartet, with Chris on saxophone, Kevin Hays on piano, Doug Weiss on bass and Bill Stewart on drums, will present traditional jazz with a few contemporary twists at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Frame Five, a quintet of high-school students, also will perform. The concert is sponsored by the Chamber Jazz Society. Tickets are $10-$25. Call 410-385-5888.

'Legends Meet Legends'

Join the Temptations, the Manhattans, Harold Melvin's Bluenotes, Baltimore's own Softones and comedian Howard Ghee for an evening of Motown sounds, R&B and comedy at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. At the third annual "Legends Meet Legends" Valentine Show, expect to hear a variety of great golden oldies. Remember "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "My Girl," "Am I Losing You" and "Kiss and Say Goodbye"? Tickets are $25-$50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

'Mount Vernon Love Stories'

Take your sweetie and stroll along the streets of Baltimore's Mount Vernon Baltimore neighborhood in search of more than 200 years of love stories. Meet at 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Sunday in front of the Brass Elephant restaurant, 924 N. Charles St., for the sixth annual "Mount Vernon Love Stories" tour. Led by Jamie Hunt, the romantically inclined walk will take you past the mansion of John Eager Howard, the 18th-century patriot and Mount Vernon landowner who married Margaret "Peggy" Chew, daughter of Maryland's chief justice. You'll also hear royal tales about Betsy Patterson Bonaparte, who died wealthy but bitter in Mount Vernon years after the annulment of her marriage to Napoleon's brother Jerome, and Bessie Wallis Warfield who was christened in the church across the street from Betsy's house and later became the duchess of Windsor. Tour admission is free. Call 603-863-7848.

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