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February 26, 2004

Weilerstein at Shriver

Barely into her 20s, Alisa Weilerstein has already established a sterling reputation as one America's finest cellists today. Since her debut with the Cleveland Orchestra at age 13, she has steadily added to her resume, which lists appearances with the Baltimore, Houston and San Francisco symphonies, not to mention a New York Philharmonic concert for 80,000 people in Central Park.

Weilerstein has been equally successful on the solo recital circuit, from Paris to Tokyo. She'll give a recital for the Shriver Hall Concert Series with another young talent, pianist Adam Neiman, this weekend. Their program offers an early showpiece by Beethoven, powerful sonatas by Brahms and Prokofiev, and a colorful suite by Manuel de Falla.

The recital is at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Tickets are $33, $17 for students. Student rush tickets are $8, starting at 4:30 p.m. Call 410-516-7164.

-- Tim Smith

Center Stage auction

Where can you bid on a Simpsons poster autographed by producers, directors and artists for the show; a fishing trip for 49 people; a final-cut script of Seabiscuit; gym memberships; Orioles sky box suites, or a Paul Reed Smith guitar? More than 700 items will be on the auction block Sunday to benefit Center Stage.

The 27th annual auction, presented by WBAL Radio and The Sun, runs from 8 a.m. until midnight, with nonstop bidding taking place on the air.

Previous years' auctions have raised a total of $2.8 million for the nonprofit professional theater.

A list of items up for bid will appear in Sunday's Sun. Updated listings will also be available at www.centerstage.org. For more information, call 410-685- 3200.

`The Weir'

Men have probably told tall tales in bars for as long as men have been going to bars. And they've been trying to impress women there just as long. In Conor McPherson's The Weir, four men in a rural Irish pub share ghost stories in an effort to attract a young woman. The 1998 Olivier Award-winning play opens at the Vagabond Players tomorrow.

Under Patrick Martyn's direction, Steve Antonsen, Seamus Dockery, Scott Knox and Mike Papa play the storytelling gentlemen; Laura Malkus is the newcomer they hope to impress.

Show times at the Vagabond, 806 S. Broadway, are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 28. Tickets are $12. For more information, call 410-563- 9135.

-- J. Wynn Rousuck

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