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October 24, 2002|By David M. Graves and Jess Blumberg

A regal exhibit at the Walters

The Middle Ages will be front and center when the Walters Art Museum opens The Book of Kings: Art, War, and the Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible. The exhibit, on display from Sunday through Dec. 29, highlights New York's Morgan Library's Picture Bible, which may have been commissioned by France's King Louis IX in the 13th century and which recounts great events of the Old Testament through vivid illustrations. Accompanying the Bible will be arms, armor, religious items and more from the Gothic period. The Walters is located at 600 N. Charles St. Admission is $8; 17 and under free. Call 410-547-9000 or visit www.thewalters.org.

Keeping up with Shirley Jones

C'mon, get happy! Shirley Jones tapped her tambourine on the wildly popular TV show The Partridge Family. Now, the Oscar-winning star of stage, screen and TV is being tapped to help raise money at the fifth annual GEDCO Senator Theatre Classic, benefiting the Govans Ecumenical Development Corp. Jones will be on hand at Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Road, at 5:30 p.m. today for a dinner, and at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, at 7 p.m. for a reception, which includes a silent auction of her memorabilia, a sidewalk-block unveiling and a screening of her 1962 film The Music Man. Dinner and reception are $200; reception only is $40. Call 410-433-2442.

Disney's princesses on ice

They're coming to Baltimore from lands near and far: Arabia, France, China -- even from under the sea. And you can catch all of your favorite Disney princesses -- Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and Snow White -- as they skate into the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., for Disney on Ice: Princess Classics, next Wednesday-Nov. 3. Tickets are $11-$35. Times vary. Call 410-481-SEAT or log on to www.DisneyOnIce.com.

'Lord of the Dance' and 'Spider-Man Live'

Two highly touted shows are coming to the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. First is Lord of the Dance, stomping around on stage tomorrow through Sunday. The Irish-dance sensation by Michael Flatley is in town for five performances. Times vary. Tickets are $35.50-$64. Next up is the web-slinging Spider-Man, whose tricks in Spider-Man Live! A Stunt Spectacular are sure to dazzle and astound you. The show, running from Tuesday through Nov. 3, will feature flying illusions, trapeze stunts and pyrotechnics as Spidey tries to rescue his sweetheart from the villainous Green Goblin. Times vary. Tickets are $16.50-$30.50. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit www.spidermanlive.com.

A musical Martin Short

He might look a little bloated -- OK, extremely bloated -- as the hilarious Jiminy Glick on Comedy Central's Primetime Glick. But a more toned-down Martin Short -- one hopes -- will show off his comic wit and singing talent (yes, singing talent) to help launch a new season of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's SuperPops series, at 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Short, the star of the movies The Three Amigos and Father of the Bride and a former star of TV's Saturday Night Live, joins the BSO at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., in a program of music from the Broadway hits The Producers, She Loves Me and others. The orchestra will be conducted by Lucas Richman. Tickets are $31-$84. Call 410-783-8000.

No Doubt at the Baltimore Arena

No Doubt has come a long way in 15 years. With recent hits such as "Just a Girl," "Don't Speak" and "Hey Baby" topping the charts, the group has found itself basking of late in superstardom. Now lead singer Gwen Stefani and the other members of the high-energy band are on the Rock Steady Tour, which comes to the Baltimore Arena tonight at 7:30. Pop rockers Garbage and the Distillers are the opening acts. Tickets are $35. The arena is located at 201 W. Baltimore St. Call 410-481-SEAT.

A Handel on Bach

It's a celebration of Bach. The serious Bach. The whimsical Bach. But always, the moving Bach. The Handel Choir of Baltimore opens its 2002-2003 season with an exploration of the choral works of the celebrated composer in The Glory of J.S. Bach, 4 p.m. Sunday at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 10 E. Mount Vernon Place. Choral selections will include Magnificat, the humorous Coffee Cantata (sung in English) and other Baroque pieces. The choir's music director is T. Herbert Dimmock III, pictured. Tickets are $15-$25. Call 410-366-6544.

Shot Tower reopens

One of Baltimore's most famous landmarks, the Phoenix Shot Tower, is reopening. After being closed for five years, the tower, built in 1828 and once the tallest building in the United States, will reopen tomorrow at 11 a.m. Following a brief ceremony, led by Mayor Martin O'Malley, attendees can browse a display of vintage Baltimore photos taken high atop the tower as far back as 1850. There will also be an audiovisual program that explains the tower's construction. Regular hours for the tower museum, 701 E. Fayette St., are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Donations welcome. Call 410-605-2964.

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