The Week's Best

THE WEEK'S BEST

July 15, 2004

Family

Kids Fest 5 at Timonium Fairgrounds tries to be a youngster's dream birthday party with activities ranging from arts and crafts and karaoke to climbing walls and moon bounces. page 29

Scene

Mope-meister Neil Hamburger delivers his punchlines with a dose of ennui that's begun to attract a set of fans. page 30

Eats

Cafe 921, a cafeteria-style kosher restaurant, operates in the former Pikes movie theater and has a nice variety of food including brick oven-baked pizza and a sushi bar. page 15

Outside

It's a mix of skateboarding and music this weekend at Thrash and Jam at M&T Bank Stadium. Among the scheduled guest skateboarders are Tony Hawk and local skater Bucky Lasek. page 32

Trips

Charles Town, W.Va., is more than the sum of its slot machines -- visitors can also see six Washington family estates, the historic courthouse and go rafting. page 24

PICK OF THE WEEK

What: Air / Ice

When: Tonight through Aug. 1

Where: Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St.

Why: Because this is a prime example of a work by a writer who has been nurtured by the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Counting the two productions slated for this summer, Joe Dennison will have nearly a dozen festival shows to his credit. The latest, Air / Ice, is about a pulp novelist (Tom Blair) whose attempts to kill off his fictional protagonist (Keith Snipes) are thwarted when the character suddenly comes to life. Direction is by another festival veteran, Barry Feinstein. (A one-act, My Play About My Wife, will be produced by the Audrey Herman Spotlighters next month.)

Tickets: $12

Information: 410-276-7837

-- J. Wynn Rousuck

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