The Week's Best

THE WEEK'S BEST

May 13, 2004

Stage

Longtime Baltimore actor Tana Hicken returns to Center Stage for the first time in nearly two decades to play Helen Potts in Picnic. page 16

PICK OF THE WEEK

What: Cicada Madness

When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Carrie Murray Nature Center, 1901 Ridgetop Road

Why: Because this family-friendly event not only explains the bugs' high-pitched sounds and every-17-years cycle, it also offers the chance for kids to get their faces painted or take a picture with their favorite insect.

Admission: Free

Information: 410-396-0808

Music

Welsh-born singer-songwriter Jem finds herself living the American dream as her album Finally Woken, a bold mix of folk, pop, electronica and hip-hop, makes its mark. page 23

Art

Stunning handcrafted furniture, religious sculpture and objets d'art created by a Peruvian cooperative founded by an Italian missionary are on view at the Italian Cultural Center in Baltimore. page 15

Family

Dog fans have many options for canine celebration this weekend -- including a Greyhound Reunion, the Bark at Park and the Pet Parade. page 30

Eats

Zapata's, the new restaurant in Harper's Choice Village Center in Columbia, offers traditional Mexican fare with extremely tasty meat dishes. page 18

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