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March 11, 2004|By Lori Sears

New Shanghai Circus

If the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus just isn't enough for you, make your way to the other circus in town - Gurtman & Murtha's New Shanghai Circus at Harford Community College in Bel Air tomorrow.

For one night only, the New Shanghai Circus presents stunts, balancing acts, bicycling, magic, juggling, plate-spinning and more. Contortionists, acrobats and jugglers present seemingly impossible and spellbinding feats. The show, which has no animals, is for all ages.

The 20-member troupe performs Asian circus acts that originated more than 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty. The troupe, with an ever-changing lineup of fresh talent, has been touring the United States for 20 years.

The New Shanghai Circus performs at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Harford Community College, Amoss Center, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. Tickets are $17-$35. Call 410-836-4211.

Coins and currency

Just ask. They'll show you the money. More than 1,000 coin and currency dealers will have their money on display at the 32nd annual Baltimore Coin and Currency Convention at the Baltimore Convention Center tomorrow through Sunday.

Visitors can browse rare U.S. coins and paper money, foreign and ancient currency, medals, tokens and more. Or take part in coin and currency auctions, attend educational seminars, appraisal clinics and grading sessions, and learn about local and national numismatic organizations. Youngsters can learn about coin collecting and get a free handful of money.

The show runs 10 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, Hall E, 1 W. Pratt St. Free. Call 301-424-1876.

`Charlotte's Web'

E.B. White's Charlotte's Web is a touching story about friendship and sacrifice. The Children's Theatre of Annapolis brings the classic tale to life at Anne Arundel Community College Saturday and next weekend.

Annapolis-area youth, ages 8 to 14, present a musical version of the book about Wilbur, a pig who just wants to live; Fern, an animal-loving young girl; a gluttonous rat named Templeton; and a wise spider named Charlotte. Starring in the show will be Elizabeth Burdick as Charlotte, Alexa Elliott as Wilbur, Jonni Curtis as Templeton and Ryan Nicole Tucker as Fern.

"Charlotte's Web" will run at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. March 19, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 20 and 2 p.m. March 21 at Anne Arundel Community College, Pascal Center for Performing Arts, 101 College Parkway, Arnold. $8-$10. Call 410-757-2281.

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