The Big Three

October 06, 2005

A NEW STAGE OF ACTIVISM

Theater

Peaches -- a show that examines stereotypes of African-American women -- will be performed at the Theatre Project this weekend by ProgressTheatre, a New York-based touring company, which describes the piece as, in part, "a staged essay, a dream sequence, a theatrical hodge-podge." Inspired by Nina Simone's song "Four Women," Peaches was written and directed by Cristal Chanelle Truscott, with an original score by Maiesha McQueen. The ensemble cast features the playwright and composer, along with Baltimore native Dana Bowles, Rashida Bumbray and Aaron Goodson. ProgressTheatre, making its Baltimore debut, is dedicated to using art as activism and connecting with the communities in which the company performs. Each Theatre Project performance will include an Open Stage, showcasing an area artist.

--J. WYNN ROUSUCK

Showtimes at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., are 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, with matinees at 3 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20. For more information, call 877-378-8687.

FRIGHT FEST

Festival

Be very afraid. Six Flags America's Fright Fest 2005 takes place tomorrow through Oct. 30 at the Largo theme park. The Halloween-themed celebration features creepy, spooky and downright scary attractions and adventures at the park, including thrill rides, a haunted train, Halloween shows, two haunted houses, a trick-or-treat trail for kids and more. New this year is "Houdini's Great Escape Show," an entertaining and baffling illusion-filled show. Other highlights include the stunt show "The Curse of Jacob Grism," the Midnight Express Haunted Train, the Hall Manor House of Horrors haunted house and Brutal Planet, a theatrical haunted house with modern dance and rock music.

--LORI SEARS

Fright Fest 2005 runs 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays and noon-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, beginning tomorrow and through Oct. 30, at Six Flags America, 13710 Central Ave., Largo. $28.99-$39.99; free for ages 3 and under. 301-249-1500 or sixflags.com / america.

TAKE A MUSICAL TOUR OF ROMANCE

Classical Music

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is shaking, not stirring, things up again for another season. The popular Symphony With a Twist series returns this week to take audiences on a "Romantic Journey" that includes stops in the Austrian cities of Vienna and Linz, ancient Celtic lands and even the underworld. Carlos Kalmar, music director of the Oregon Symphony, will be on the podium to conduct the BSO in music by Mozart, Offenbach, Wagner and Strauss. Washington-based CityDance Ensemble will offer a dance interpretation of the opening and closing passages from the ultimate romantic journey, Wagner's Tristan and Isolde.

--TIM SMITH

Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda; and 8 p.m. Saturday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. At both venues, the lobby opens at 6:30 p.m. for live jazz, martini bars and light fare. For tickets, call 410-783-8000.

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