Ice Champs at the Arena Granted, 16-year-old "It Girl...


April 11, 2002|By Mary Carole McCauley

Ice Champs at the Arena

Granted, 16-year-old "It Girl" and recent gold-medalist Sarah Hughes won't be lacing up her skates tonight (she has school), but there still are plenty of reasons to see the John Hancock Champions on Ice 2002 Olympic Tour -- reasons like Michelle Kwan (pictured), Todd Eldredge, Evgeni Plushenko and Irina Slutskaya. The tour comes to the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., at 7 p.m. for one show only. Tickets cost $30, $45 and $65. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit

AVAM's Kinetic Sculpture Race

No, you aren't seeing things: A 15-foot green frog really will be racing a giant scorpion, a flying pig and the world's largest mobile wine-making cask in the fourth annual East Coast National Kinetic Sculpture Race on Saturday. The race begins at 10 a.m. (opening ceremonies, 9:30 a.m.) at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, and will end at Rash Field in the Inner Harbor, after the machines and their human operators have slugged their way through 15 miles of land, sea and mud. Competitors are vying for the coveted Mediocre Award (for the sculpture finishing in the middle of the pack) and the Next-to-Last Award (self-explanatory). Call 410-244-1900.

On top of the world again

Closed since the events of Sept. 11, Baltimore's World Trade Center reopened April 3. And now comes the grand reopening -- this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The celebratory event takes place at the Top of the World Observation Level (the 27th floor of the center, 401 E. Pratt St.) and includes free treats, entertainment and appearances by historical figures. Admission is $4 adults, $3 seniors and $2 children 12 and under (two-for-one admission is in effect from 10 a.m. to noon). Call 410-837-VIEW or visit

Ladew opens for the season

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz... If you wonder where the flowers is, check out Ladew Gardens (especially the restored iris garden), which opens for the season Monday. Guided tours of the 18th-century manor house at 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton, are available daily through Oct. 31. The estate is open weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The house tour costs $12 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, and $4 for children 12 and under. A 1.5-mile garden and nature walk through the 250-acre grounds costs $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students and $2 for children 12 and under. Call 410-557-9466 or visit

Taking it to the streets

Musicians, mimes, stilt-walkers and comedians will strut their stuff Saturday during the annual Harborplace Street Performer Auditions. Each act will be allotted 15 minutes to showcase its talent, creativity, professionalism and audience appeal between noon and 4 p.m. at the Harborplace Amphitheatre at the corner of Light and Pratt streets. The winners will receive regular performance slots at the amphitheater. While you won't be on the judging panel, you can vote with your hands at this free event. Call 410-332-4191 or visit

Volvo Ocean racers

We have a hunch that your ship will come in next Wednesday. To be precise, eight of them will. The competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race are scheduled to pull into the Chesapeake Bay en route from Miami sometime during the mid-afternoon. (The event, considered to be one of the world's premier sailing races, takes sailors around the world. A nine-day stopover here is in conjunction with the Baltimore Waterfront Festival.) Each vessel will be welcomed into the Inner Harbor to the sounds of its team music. They all later will be moved to docks in front of the Maryland Science Center, where they will remain until April 26. Up-to-date information can be obtained at or by calling 410-727-7223.

Ghostly doings at Center Stage

Blithe Spirit, Noel Coward's comedy of marriage, is a perfect theater piece for the spring -- as light and refreshing as an April shower. In perhaps the ultimate act of revenge, Elvira, a spiteful sprite, haunts her former husband, Charles Condomine, and his ever-so-witty wife, Ruth. Can the neighborhood medium, Madame Arcati, coax Elvira back into her crystal ball? Blithe Spirit opens tomorrow and runs through May 19 at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets cost $10-$48. Call 410-332-0033.

Walking for those who can't

You can make marathon strides this weekend by participating in one or both of the area's annual Multiple Sclerosis Society benefit walks. The five-mile events kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bohager's Bar & Grill, 701 S. Eden St., and 10 a.m. Sunday at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. Walkers collect money pledges to help fight multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system. To register as an individual or team, call 800 FIGHT MS, or go online at

Rockin' with the BSO

The lead singer of O'Malley's March is scheduled to play a gig Saturday with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The first-ever "Symphony Rocks" event will include food, cuisine, games, dancing and a musical program ranging from Manuel de Falla to Led Zeppelin. The concert will be conducted by BSO assistant conductor Lara Webber, accompanied by celebrity guests -- including Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley. Tickets to the 8 p.m. gala at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., cost $50. Advance sales only. Call 410-783-8000 or visit

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