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January 15, 2004|By Grant Huang

The bear necessities

Bear will be in the house -- that is, the Lyric Opera House -- Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in live performances of Bear in the Big Blue House: Surprise Party.

Based on the Emmy Award-winning children's TV series, Bear in the Big Blue House Live drew more than 350,000 fans in its 2002-2003 stage tour. The 90-minute show is a singing, dancing, Broadway-style interactive stage experience for children featuring numerous characters from the series' colorful cast. During the show, performers with live cameras will capture comments from children in the audience and instantly display them on video screens.

Tickets are $20-$30 and can be ordered at or by calling, toll-free, 866-597-4200. The Lyric Opera House is at 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. For more information, call 410-685-5086.

Aggressive driving OK

Dozens of motorcycles will tear it up on the floor of the 1st Mariner Arena during the National ArenaCross Series starting at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and noon Sunday.

The ArenaCross is among the world's largest indoor motorsport series, and the 2003-2004 series marks its 20th anniversary. The series will feature professional 125 cc and 250 cc motocross racing Friday and Saturday with amateur racing scheduled for Sunday. Free passes will be available for a track party Saturday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., when viewers can walk the track, meet the riders and get autographs.

Tickets are $16-$20 for adults and $5-$8 for children, depending on seating. Tickets may be purchased from all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 410-481-1328 or online at The 1st Mariner Arena is at 201 W. Baltimore St.

Kick the tires

The Motor Trend International Auto Show will bring hundreds of 2004-model cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs to the Baltimore Convention Center today through Monday.

This event is a hands-on opportunity to check out brand-new 2004 models from more than 30 automobile manufacturers, including several newly introduced concept cars and specialty vehicles. The show is an ideal event for auto enthusiasts, who can view the newest vehicles at one place in a non-selling environment. Jared Fogle, known for his appearances in Subway commercials, will appear at the show to share his weight-loss story.

Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $4 for children (ages 6 and under admitted free). Show hours are noon to 10 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday. The Baltimore Convention Center is at 1 W. Pratt St. Online tickets and additional show information are available on the Web at www.motortrendauto

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