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January 05, 2003|By Sarah Kickler Kelber | Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun Staff

If you eat three square meals every day, you're probably picking up a fork, spoon or knife about a thousand times a year. The company Gour-met Settings wants to make each of those thousand moments a little bit better.

They've designed flatware sets with a streamlined look and balanced proportions, as well as a reasonable price.

The company offers a variety of choices, from the Get Set Classic and Urban sets (four place settings, $20, available at Wal-Mart) to the Get Set Jet Settings (four place settings, $40, available at Target) to the Form and Function (shown below) lines (four place settings, about $50-$70, available at select Bed Bath & Beyond stores) to the Handmade line (four place settings, about $80, available at all Bed Bath & Beyond stores and Bloomingdale's).

All of the lines are crafted of heavyweight premium 18 / 10 stainless steel.

For more information, visit www.gourmetsettings.com.

Ready to play when you are

It's sometimes hard to figure out when to bring out the games when you're having a party. But Spinergy, a new game from GnuGames, takes care of that problem with an elegantly designed board (the "G," or random word generator) that you can leave out for display. And instead of depending on random bits of trivia, the game calls for an active imagination.

Players spin the wheels of the G, which generates three words, all of which must be used in a particular scenario. For example, a player might spin and get the words cactus, vanish and captain and draw a scenario card that says, "Create a tongue-twister." The player then has two minutes to compose his or her answer.

With two sets of word rings for the G and 200 scenario cards, there are more than 1.5 billion combinations possible, which means you won't need that second or third edition to keep the game interesting. (However, GnuGames is planning a number of Spinergy SpinOffs, which will include add-on word rings and scenario cards to create even more combinations.)

Spinergy costs $39.95 and is available at www.gnugames.com and specialty game stores or by calling 800-870-7811.

Hanging out with art

Starting Saturday, Baltimore Clayworks in Mount Washington opens Wall Works, a national juried exhibit of ceramic pieces intended for the wall. The work of five invited artists and 30 juried artists will be featured through Feb. 15.

"Though the wall is primarily the domain of the two-dimensional artist, why should they have all the fun?" asks juror Michael Sherrill. "Works on the wall have a way of being like a conversation between two people. The work and the viewer face each other."

Included in the opening weekend is a two-day hands-on workshop with Sherrill called "Thinking Big With Little Pieces," Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

To register for the workshop or to receive more information about the event, call 410-578-1919 or visit www.baltimoreclayworks. org.

Event

The 48th annual Washington Antiques Show gets a stately boost from honorary chairmen Placido and Marta Domingo. Forty-five antiques dealers from the United States and Canada will participate in the sale at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Thursday-Sunday, with the kickoff on Wednesday at the Gala Patrons' Preview. The Preview ($200), as all of the events of the show, is open to the public. Reservations for special events must be made in advance. Hours: Thursday through Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tickets are $12 and include a catalog about the theme of a loan exhibition, "Inside and Outside the Box." For more information, call 202-965-0640 or visit www.washingtonantiques.org.

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