The Big Three

September 29, 2005

`Stomp' at Lyric

Everyday sounds transform into intriguing music as Stomp returns to the Lyric Opera House. Performers must be rhythmically talented and physically fit as they crash, bang, clatter and clang ordinary household objects to create an innovative musical sound. Audience members will be shocked by the amount of effort and number of props that go into each production. Typically ignored noises - the shutting of a garbage can, the sweeping of a broom or the igniting of a match - will be heard with a unique musicality.

Tuesday through Oct. 9,'Stomp' will be performed at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tuesday through Oct. 7, the show starts at 8 p.m. Showtimes are 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Oct. 8 and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 9. Ticket prices range from $38 to $52.50 and can be purchased at the Lyric box office, Ticketmaster locations or by calling 410-547-SEAT. For more information, call 410-494-2712.

Anna Eisenberg

Go back to the `Prom'

If you yearn to experience your high school prom all over again, you'll get that chance starting tonight when The Awesome 80s Prom, an interactive Tony n' Tina's Wedding-type show, begins performances at the Hippodrome's M&T Bank Pavilion. The year is 1989 and the place is the gymnasium of fictitious Wanaget High.

Audience and cast (portraying such archetypal characters as the captain of the football team, a foreign exchange student and the head cheerleader) share the dance floor, bopping to retro hits. The evening culminates with the crowning of the prom king and queen.

Showtimes at the M&T Pavilion, 12 N. Eutaw St., are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through Nov. 19. (Doors open at 7:30 p.m.) Tickets range from $37.50 (including a prom favor and admission to the after-prom party) to $70 (including a reserved seat, photo and open bar at the prom and after-prom party). For more information, call 410-547-SEAT.

J. Wynn Rousuck

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

One of the biggest arts and crafts celebrations in the nation is back for the 27th year in a row, as the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival comes to Timonium tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Baskets, pottery, painted silk and more will be on view, as more than 350 artists and designers display their work. Some will hold demonstrations, where visitors can learn first-hand how to spin metal, forge iron and more.

Also, there will be live entertainment, including music from Stan & LeeAnne, a puppet show for the younger set.

The 27th Annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium, takes place tomorrow and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free. Call 800-210-9900 or visit sugarloafcrafts.com.

Nick Brown

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