Bobcat Goldthwait

Best bets

at the Improv

January 02, 2003|By Helen B. Jones | Helen B. Jones,Sun Staff

The guy with the voice you love to hate has a date at the Baltimore Improv. That's right, comedian-actor Bobcat Goldthwait will be doing his stand-up thing at the city's premier comedy club, tomorrow through Sunday. A veteran of late-night talk shows, HBO specials and numerous Hollywood movies (Police Academy 2, 3 and 4 and Shakes the Clown), Goldthwait has been compared to "everyone from Lenny Bruce to a Warner Bros. cartoon character on the verge of a nervous breakdown" (according to his publicity bio). Show times are 8 and 10 tomorrow, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $17-$25. Call 410-727-8500.

Holiday trains still running

Not all holiday-train displays are derailed when the holidays end. The Baltimore Society of Model Engineers Inc. keeps its trains on track through January. The public is invited to see the group's two layouts at open houses from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 12, 19 and 26. One railroad is a 15-foot-by-70-foot HO scale that represents both city and country, industry and farm. The second, a 15-foot-by-70-foot O scale, shows Western Maryland and the Allegheny Mountains. Free; donations accepted. Call 410-837-2763.

FROM MAPMAKER TO PICTUREMAKER

Michelle Sanzi Kermes was a cartographer before she decided to become a painter. Those with a keen eye may detect touches of her mapmaking past in a show of her artwork opening today and continuing through Jan. 26 at Resurgam Gallery, 910 S. Charles St. The show, titled Back to Basics, includes pieces that incorporate organic and geometric shapes, as well as grids and free-form marks. Also showing works at the gallery today through Jan. 26 is artist-psychotherapist Alice Gail Dvoskin. Her show is titled Bold Strokes / Bright Colors. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. Receptions for both shows will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the gallery. In addition, both artists will give talks at the gallery -- Kermes at 2 p.m. on Jan. 12 and Dvoskin at 2 p.m. on Jan. 19. Call 410-962-0513.

First Thursday at the BMA

The Baltimore Museum of Art's first First Thursday event of the year is filled with activities relating to the museum's current photography exhibits. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, patrons can see a film called Photography as Art, create a piece of artwork inspired by the pictures in the exhibits and take a guided tour of the shows. Admission is free. The museum is located at 10 Art Museum Drive, off North Charles and 31st streets. Call 410-396-6314.

The cat's meow

See Kitty. See Kitty win a prize at the International Cat Association's big cat show Saturday and Sunday at the Best Western Hotel and Conference Center, 5625 O'Donnell St. In addition to cat-judging (in six rings), the show will feature cat adoptions, cat-care products, gifts and toys for cats, and the raffling of a cat tree. In the judging area, kids can vote for their favorite cat to win the Spectator's Choice Award. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Admission is $3-$6. Call 703-243-5787.

Kirk Franklin's 'Hopeville'

When three gospel-music greats share one stage, you expect more than the average spirit-filled songfest, and you get it with Hopeville. Superstar gospel-choir director Kirk Franklin directs himself, Yolanda Adams and Donnie McClurkin (all Grammy winners) in a show that is more musical theater than concert. It even has an urban-street setting and a supporting cast of singer-actors. Catch the spirit at 7:30 tonight at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $35. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Performing for Picasso

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra paints A Musical Portrait of Picasso at a family concert at 11 a.m. Saturday. Joining the orchestra and conductor Lara Webber in paying tribute to the famed Spanish painter will be dancers Marija Temo and Anna Menendez (pictured). In addition, slides of Picasso's works will be projected on the screen during the performance. The concert, at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, is aimed at children ages 7 to 12 and their families. Tickets are $12. The Meyerhoff is located at 1212 Cathedral St. Call 410-783-8000.

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