St. Patrick's Day Parade Celebrate the luck of the...

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March 14, 2002|By Karin Remesch

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Celebrate the luck of the Irish Sunday at the 46th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Baltimore. Beginning at 2 p.m., tip your hat to about 100 bands, marching units, leprechauns and floats, including the Baltimore Marching Ravens, the Monumental City Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, the Washington Scottish Pipe Band, the McKean Highlander Marching Band and the Chesapeake Caledonian Pipe Band. The parade steps off at Centre and Charles streets, proceeds south along Charles to Pratt Street, turns left and disbands at Market Place. Admission is free. Call 410-750-8617.

'Leprechaun Look-Alike Contest'

Here's your chance to look like a leprechaun, even if you don't have pointy ears. The 11th annual "St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Look-Alike Contest" starts at noon Saturday at Broadway Market Square in Fells Point. Prizes are awarded for best leprechaun in four categories -- adults, children ages 7-16, tots ages 6 and under, and pets. Music will be provided by the Irish Edge, and members of the Broesler School of Irish Dance will demonstrate the Irish jig. Admission is free. Call 410-342-1663.

'Dining Out for Life'

When you eat out today, you won't just be lunching or dining, you'll also be extending a helping fork to feed home-bound people with HIV / AIDS and their families. More than 120 Maryland restaurants will be participating in the 10th annual "Dining Out for Life" today, and a portion of your check will go directly to Moveable Feast, a project of the Maryland Community Kitchen. Last year alone, Moveable Feast delivered more than 450,000 meals to clients living with HIV / AIDS. To find out if your favorite eatery is taking part in this year's event, check the Web site at www.mdcommunitykitchen.org or call 410-327-3420, Ext. 30.

Peter Schickele as P.D.Q. Bach

Composer, musician, singer, songwriter, satirist -- there are few areas of musical entertainment that four-time Grammy Award-winner Peter Schickele has not touched. But he's best known for his outrageously funny compositions in the guise of P.D.Q. Bach, "the last and least" of the 20-odd children of J.S. Bach. Schickele will bring his bewigged alter ego to Baltimore Saturday for an evening of musical parodies with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.

The concert, titled Peter Schickele Meets P.D.Q. Bach, will feature the acclaimed parody Oedipus Tex, a cowboy / western-style version of the Greek tragedy. The program also includes sets of rounds and songs influenced by the Beatles, the Everly Brothers, Shakespeare and Zeno. Tickets are $15-$50. Call 410-523-7070.

BOC performs Verdi's 'Otello'

The Baltimore Opera Company continues its 51st season with Verdi's Otello Saturday through March 24 at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. The epic tale of love, lust and jealousy (based on Shakespeare's Othello) features Jon Fredric West and Antonia Barasorda in the title role, and Aprile Millo and Caroline Whisnant as Desdemona. All performances will be sung in Italian, with English surtitles projected above the stage. Curtain time is 8:15 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8:15 p.m. March 22 and 3 p.m. March 24. Tickets are $37-$130. Call 410-727-6000.

Jeff Dunham at the Improv

Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will breathe life into such lovable comedic characters as Peanut, Walter and Jose Jalepeno during performances today through Sunday at the Baltimore Improv, 6 Market Place. Dunham is the only person ever to win the prestigious "Ventriloquist of the Year" Award twice, and he has appeared on The Tonight Show more than any other ventriloquist. Show time is 8:30 p.m. today, 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. tomorrow, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22. Call 410-727-8500.

Remembering 'Our Sinatra'

On a nationwide tour after a successful off-Broadway run, the cabaret revue Our Sinatra: A Big Band Musical Celebration comes to Baltimore to pay tribute to singing legend Frank Sinatra. The show is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. A trio of singers -- Ronny Whyte, Christopher Gine and Hilary Kole -- will perform such Sinatra hits as "All the Way" and "The Way You Look Tonight" -- in a style reminiscent of Ol' Blue Eyes himself. Tickets are $22-$42. Call 410-783-8000.

Eliane Elias Trio at the BMA

Pianist, vocalist and composer Eliane Elias will blend the music of her Brazilian roots with the sounds of American jazz in a performance that concludes the Chamber Jazz Society of Baltimore's 11th season. The show is 5 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive at North Charles Street. The award-winning musician will be joined by Marc Johnson on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on drums. Tickets are $10-$25. Call 410-385-5888.

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