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February 03, 2005

NOW OR NEVER

Fells Point celebrates Mardi Gras on Tuesday. Starting at 6 p.m., a parade will wind around the area, ending in the central square. Expect stilt walkers, fire blowers, bands and more. The event culminates in a costume contest. Beware - the winner gets pushed out of an airplane as part of a tandem parachute jump. All are welcome to march in the parade.

The parade starts at One Eyed Mike's at 701 Bond St. About a dozen area bars will participate and host various live music that night. Visit www.fellspointbars.com.

- Annie Linskey

COMING UP

Carson McCullers' The Member of the Wedding begins a month-long run at Ford's Theatre in Washington tomorrow. Directed by Tony Award-winner Marshall W. Mason, the production stars Nathalie Nicole Paulding as lonely, 12-year-old Frankie Addams and Lynda Gravatt as her family's housekeeper. Gravatt won a 2004 Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Crowns at Arena Stage and is the former head of the theater department at Washington's Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

In conjunction with the production, Julie Harris, the five-time Tony winner who created the role of Frankie on stage and reprised it on film, will be interviewed by director Mason at the Hirshhorn Museum, Seventh Street at Independence Avenue S.W., Washington, at 7 p.m. Feb. 10 (For information, call the Smithsonian Resident Associates, 202-357-3030.)

Show times at Ford's, 511 10th St. N.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. selected Sundays and 1 p.m. selected Wednesdays and Thursdays, through Feb. 27. Tickets are $25-$48. Call 202-347-4833.

- J. Wynn Rousuck

NEXT WEEK IN LIVE

Pop-country-blues artist Neko Case, currently showcasing her range on the new CD The Tigers Have Spoken, stops by Rams Head Live ... A handful of Valentine's day-trips for the romantically inclined.

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