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April 15, 2004|By Lori Sears

Street performer auditions downtown

Since 1980, street performers have been wowing the Harborplace crowds with their juggling, magic, mime, music and comedy. It may come as a surprise to the many Inner Harbor visitors that these street performers fought hard for those downtown gigs. Performers audition each year to be part of the Harborplace Street Performers Program. Only a select few applicants earn performance slots at the Harborplace Amphitheatre.

This year's street performer auditions get under way at noon Saturday at the amphitheatre. More than 15 street performers will vie for a regular performance slot around Harborplace. Jugglers, unicyclists, comedians, magicians, mimes and others - some newcomers, some experienced showmen - will compete before a panel of judges. Performers will be allotted 15 minutes to show off their talent and creativity, professionalism and, most importantly, audience appeal.

The live auditions run from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Harborplace Amphitheatre, located between the Light and Pratt Street pavilions. Free. Call 800-HARBOR-1.

`The Magic Land of Peter Pan'

Step into "The Magic Land of Peter Pan" tomorrow at Harford Community College's Amoss Center in Bel Air. The Arnie Kolodner Magic Theater presents a comic adaptation of J.M. Barrie's classic tale about the boy who refuses to grow up.

Unlike the classic original, this show is interactive and features illusions including the magical appearance of Wendy (Alice Bergmann) from Captain Hook's Diamond Treasure Chest. Another illusion has Peter magically putting Wendy back together after Hook has divided her into three pieces. Also, children in the audience will be selected to play the roles of Michael and John, and the role of Tinkerbell, in which the participant will float through the air with Peter.

Arnie Kolodner, who grew up in Pikesville and graduated from Friends School in 1979, stars as both Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

"The Magic Land of Peter Pan" will be presented at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Harford Community College, Amoss Center, Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. $5-$9. Call 410-836-4211.

`Tom Crowl & the Mrs.'

What do you get when you mix magic, illusions and slapstick? An enjoyable family show. And if you add a pet pig into the mix? Well, then you have "Tom Crowl & the Mrs." the family show taking place Sunday at the Carroll Arts Center.

The show by the husband-and-wife team of Tom and Dierdre Crowl, who describe themselves as a "Magical Marital Misery Tour," includes lots of magic and plenty of comedy with their son, Cameron, a trained pet pig named Pam and lots of audience participation.

The show takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. $8; $6 ages under 12 and those 60 and over. Call 410-848-7272.

All-breed dog show

Call it a canine convention. A doggy extravaganza. A parade of pooches. More than 2,000 dogs will converge upon the Maryland State Fairgrounds Sunday for the 68th annual All-Breed Dog Show and Obedience Trial. The Baltimore County Kennel Club presents the show, which features more than 156 breeds of purebred dogs competing in conformation classes and obedience jumping. There will also be junior showmanship matches.

Visitors can browse the many vendor tables, purchase new products for their dogs and take behind-the-scenes tours of the show.

The dog show runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, Cow Palace, 2200 York Road, Timonium. $5; $3 seniors; free for ages under 12. Call 410-728-5462.

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