Something to do every day until spring

There is no shortage of things to occupy your mind for the 29 days until this dreadful winter officially becomes a memory

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February 20, 2003|By Helen B. Jones | Helen B. Jones,SUN STAFF

Yes, after spending most of the week behind a shovel, you've had it up to here.

Still, one month and one day away: Spring! Can you make it, or do you feel you'll go bonkers if you have to spend one more hour in this ever-more-nasty winter?

Hang on. Seasonal sanity savers to the rescue.

First off, stop being a weather wuss. So, maybe your street still hasn't been plowed. Show some pluck! Call a friend with four-wheel-drive, put on some long johns, get out of the house and have some fun.

The season's bad rap is just that: a bad rap. There are so many cool events out there that you could find something exciting to do every day between now and March 21, the first day of spring. We guarantee it. We've found all of the events for you, in fact. And to show you what warm-hearted souls we are, most of them are indoors.

Today

Check out comic-hypnotist Flip Orley at the Baltimore Improv. We've been told he's side-splittingly funny. 8 p.m. $15. Call 410-727-8500.

Feb. 21

The Harlem Globetrotters will be showing off their full-comic press at Towson University's Towson Center. 7:30 p.m. $12-$75. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Feb. 22

Learn the history of Baltimore's Pennsylvania Avenue at a performance of Rosalyn M. Gaines' musical The Avenue, presented by the Kuumba Ensemble. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Woodlawn High School. $6-$15. Call 410-788-4365.

Feb. 23

More hoofers from the Emerald Isle. This time it's the Trinity Irish Dancers at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. 7:30 p.m. $22-$44. Call 410-783-8000.

Feb. 24

Step into The World of Jerry Pinkney at the Walters Art Museum. As part of the museum's Black History Month events, an exhibit of original watercolors and drawings by the acclaimed children's book illustrator (Sam and the Tigers, John Henry) is on view through April 27. According to museum director Gary Vikan, the show marks one of the few times that the Walters has exhibited the works of a living artist. Hours vary. $5-$8. Call 410-547-9000.

Feb. 25

Take a long lunch break and pop over to Towson University's University Union to see Munch'n Macbeth. It's a series of scenes excerpted from Shakespeare's classic tale of greed, power and damned spots combined with dance movements. Who knows, maybe you'll see the Three Weird Sisters doing the watusi. 11:30 a.m. Free; bring your lunch or buy food at the school's cafeteria. Call 410-704-2787.

Feb. 26

Off from work today? Take a short, medium-paced bike ride on a moderately hilly course with the Baltimore Bicycling Club. Starts at Oregon Ridge Park. 11 a.m. Free. Call 410-356-7088.

Feb. 27

The acclaimed all-woman a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock celebrates its 30th anniversary with a concert at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. 7:30 p.m. $22-$44. Call 410-783-8000.

Feb. 28

It's two, two, two shows in one: The Maryland Home & Garden Show and the Maryland Spring Craft Show open today for a two-weekend run at the State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Hours and ticket prices vary. Call 410-863-1180.

March 1

What do writers do when they aren't putting pen to paper (or fingers to word processor)? Why, they make music, of course. At least that's what Baltimore novelist Madison Smartt Bell, New York novelist Darcey Steinke and Alaskan poet Ken Waldman will do at Creative Alliance at 9 p.m. The musical event, called "Word Guitar," is a benefit for the arts journal Link. $10. Call 410-276-1651.

March 2

Want a wacky way to burn off those Krispy Kreme calories? Take part in the Bel Air Parking Garage Climb. Run one loop around the town's main garage and then up the stairs five times and down the ramps. We hear it takes the really fast folks 15 minutes to finish. 8 a.m. $2. Call 410-879-7679.

March 3

Skate against a backdrop of the Baltimore skyline at the Inner Harbor Ice Rink. This is your last week to do so (weather permitting). The outdoor rink closes for the season March 9. On your lunch break today, why not lace up for the Luncheon Blue Skate Special, a session from noon to 2 p.m. for only $2. The cost of other daily sessions ranges from $4 to $6. Call 410-385-0675.

March 4

Experience an explosive night at the theater as the Broadway musical tick, tick ... Boom! makes its Baltimore debut at the Morris Mechanic Theatre. It's all about facing a crossroads in life and holding onto your dreams. 8 p.m. $10-$47.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

March 5

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