The Big Three

November 24, 2005|By LORI SEARS

ART

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AVAM!

It's the 10th birthday for the American Visionary Art Museum, and yes, there will be cake. And yes, you are invited. The quirky museum is actually turning 10 tomorrow, but the celebration will take place Saturday. There'll be cake at 10 a.m. in the Tall Sculpture Barn and tours of the museum's exhibits all day long with admission.

Also taking place at the museum Saturday is "Bazaart," an artsy shopping event on the third floor in the Jim Rouse Visionary Center. Visitors can attend "Bazaart" for free and enjoy browsing original creations by 50 regional artists and crafters. Several artisans will offer demonstrations of their craft, including Timmie Daugherty, who will show how she artfully arranges trash; textile artist Barbara Pietila, who will demonstrate how she tells tales with fabric; and Martha Gatewood, who will show how easy it is to make attractive holiday cards with tissue paper and sparkles. The folks from Beadazzled will lead a jewelry-making activity, and practitioners and students from Tai Sophia Institute will explain ancient healing traditions. Food and drink will be sold.

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Events take place Saturday at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. Cake at 10 a.m. in the Tall Sculpture Barn. Free with museum admission, which is $11; $7 students and seniors; free for ages 4 and under.. "Bazaart" takes place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Jim Rouse Visionary Center on the third floor. Free admission. Call 410-244-1900 or visit avam.org.

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[LORI SEARS]

HOLIDAY

TREES AND ALL THE TRIMMINGS

The 16th annual Festival of Trees tomorrow through Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium will be brimming with more than 300 themed trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses designed by local artists. There will be craft boutiques, miles of toy train tracks, holiday treats and other activities. Awards will be handed out to top designers of trees, wreaths and gingerbread creations, and all items will be for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Kids' musical group Milkshake will entertain at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Baltimore Ravens player Matt Stovera will hold a kicking clinic at 5:30 p.m. and will read a holiday tale, and NASCAR racer Dion Ciccarellia will be on hand all day Saturday for a meet-and-greet.

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The Festival of Trees runs 10 a.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. $10; $5 ages 5-12 and seniors; free for ages 4 and under. Call 443-923-7300 or visit kennedykrieger.org for schedule.

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[LORI SEARS]

THEATER

MYSTERY, MAGI AND NUNS

If you'd like a little humor in your holiday entertainment, you won't want to miss Sister's Christmas Catechism -- The Mystery of the Magi's Gold, at Theatre Project through Dec. 23. The very interactive show (shy audience members need not apply) features musical numbers, prizes and a mystery that only Sister can solve using techniques she gathered from her favorite show, Forensic Files.

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The shows are at 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 23 at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. Tickets $22.50-$35. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit ticketmaster.com.

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[LORI SEARS]

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