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August 11, 2005|By Erica Kritt

`Jimmy at Play'

The oddest things happen when Jimmy goes out to play. Witness his adventures at Caution: Jimmy at Play tomorrow and Aug. 19. This show teaches the importance of friendship, self-esteem and the power of choice, with the help of the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

James Brown-Orleans, who currently plays Banzai in the national tour of The Lion King at the Hippodrome, is the director and star of Caution: Jimmy at Play. An alum of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the actor lists among his credits The Princess Diaries as well as roles in two August Wilson plays at the Studio Theatre in Washington. Brown-Orleans will appear on stage with local actress Stephanie Lynn Williams. They will be accompanied by two musicians from The Lion King touring company.

Caution: Jimmy at Play will be at the Baltimore Children's Theatre, 410 Jasper St., at 1 p.m. tomorrow and Aug. 19. Tickets are $10 for everyone. Call 443-864-1470 or visit www.baltimoretheatre.org.

Science Days

Prep for this year's science fair at Backyard Science Days at the Maryland Science Center. Students and parents can explore fossils, gravity and slime to learn more about the world and its components. Students can make cars out of vegetables and race them, learning which vegetables are more aerodynamic than others. Participants will explore with experiments, demonstrations and props. Everyone can take home shadowgrams made by placing any natural object on photosensitive paper.

Backyard Science Days are Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The Maryland Science Center is at 601 Light St. Free with admission ($9-$18) to the Science Center. Visit www.marylandsciencecenter.org or 410-685-5225.

Trading-card event

Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! are by no means the only games in town. The only trading-card games in town, that is. Magic: The Gathering is the latest and hottest strategy card game sweeping the nation. And this weekend, the Magic: The Gathering U.S. National Championship is coming to Baltimore.

The championships will take place Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, but various events are planned today through Sunday. Tomorrow and Saturday, there will be a "Deckspert" on hand to assess and appraise attendees' card collections. And there will be a junior card tournament where the winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship toward college.

Want to get in on the action? Then vie for a chance to win one of the 24 open seats in the championship today at 9 a.m.

The championships are today through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Free to watch and $15 to play for one of the open seats. For more information, call 425-254-2941 or 800-324-6496 or visit www.magicthegathering.com.

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