'Best Little Whorehouse You've seen her hoofing it up...


May 02, 2002|By Mary Carole McCauley

'Best Little Whorehouse

You've seen her hoofing it up in movie theaters ever since Bye, Bye Birdie. Now, you can see Ann-Margret's debut in live theater. The actress is starring in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which comes to the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., on Tuesday for eight performances. Ann-Margret plays Mona Stangley, a tough but loving madam in the musical, which is based on a true story, the 1973 closing of The Chicken Ranch brothel. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $20-$63.50. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Enduring edifices

In this increasingly disposable society, it's nice to know some things were meant to last. That's the premise behind Built to Last, the Maryland Historical Society's large-format photographic exhibit of 10 buildings from Baltimore's central business district dating from 1814 to 1929. The exhibit opens today with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and runs through Jan. 5, 2003. The Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $4 general adults and $3 for seniors, students and teens ages 13-17. Free for children 12 and younger every day, and to the general public on Sundays. Call 410-685-3750 or visit www.mdhs.org.

'Contact' opens at the Mechanic

Contact raised a ruckus when it was nominated for a 2000 Tony Award for Best New Musical because it has neither live music nor an original score. (A more accurate description might be "a dance play that tells three short stories.") It won anyway -- owing in large part to the inspired choreography and direction by Susan Stroman, Broadway's current Golden Girl. Contact will play a six-day run at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, 25 Hopkins Plaza, starting Tuesday with Deborah Yates in the, umm, pivotal role of The Girl in the Yellow Dress. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $22.50-$70. Call 410-752-1200 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Towsontown Spring Festival

You can drool over spit-and-polished antique autos and take in a jazz ensemble this weekend at the 35th annual Towsontown Spring Festival. The two-day celebration will feature 70 performances on five stages, children's activities ranging from pony rides to magicians, more than 400 crafts vendors, and an antique auto display. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in the area bounded by Bosley, Allegheny, Washington and Susquehanna avenues. Parking will cost $3 at seven area garages. Call 410-825-1144 or visit www.towsontownspringfestival.com.

Golden days of the Dells

They're known as the Grandfathers of R&B harmony. Not only did they pave the road for groups as diverse as the Temptations and Boyz II Men, they inspired a movie: Robert Townsend's The Five Heartbeats. On Saturday, the Dells -- Marvin Junior, Johnny Carter, Verne Allison, Michael McGill and Chuck Barksdale -- will celebrate 50 years of playing together during a concert at 7 p.m. at Morgan State University's Gilliam Hall, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane. Tickets: $27.50-$50. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Boston Camerata in Bel Air

The Boston Camerata has been described as "what an illuminated text would sound like if it were heard instead of seen." Early-music fans can catch this acclaimed group's appearance tomorrow The Camerata, which performs on such traditional instruments as the lute and psaltery, will deliver a program of Elizabethan songs "highlighting England's golden age of poetry and song." The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Mission Center, 1716 Churchville Road, Bel Air. Tickets: $20 for adults; $15 for students and seniors age 62 and older. Call 410-893-0381, Ext. 136.

Women's Show at the fairgrounds

The eighth annual Baltimore Women's Show will be held this weekend at the Maryland State Fairgrounds at York and Timonium roads in Timonium. Events will include fashion shows, a cooking kitchen and seminars on money management. You can undo your new fiscal resolutions at the 400 booths stocked with goodies ranging from handbags to candles. Fair hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Admission: $7 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. Free child care provided for toilet-trained youngsters ages 3 to 9. Call 410-863-1180 or visit www.spoilyourself.com.

Fallen Heroes Day

Add these names to the honor roll: Baltimore County Police Sgt. Mark Parry and Bowie volunteer firefighter Clarence "Cuz" Kreitzer. They will be among those honored at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the 17th annual Fallen Heroes Day Ceremony, which salutes those who have died in the line of duty. Parry was fatally injured by an alleged drunken driver in December 2001, and Kreitzer died while responding to the tornado that struck the University of Maryland campus in College Park in September 2001. The ceremony at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, will include a procession of more than 25 honor guard units statewide, including motorcycles, mounted horses, bagpipers and drummers. Call 410-666-0490.

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