The Big Three

February 09, 2006

THEATER

MALCOLM AND CAESAR

Julius X, a new play that uses text from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar to illuminate the political power struggle that led to the assassination of Malcolm X, opens tonight at the Theatre Project. The work was commissioned from writer Al Letson Jr. by the theater, which brought him together with Baltimore director and educator Troy Burton, managing director of the Eubie Blake Center. Burton's large cast includes returning Theatre Project artists Dana Bowles, Robert Lee Hardy, Joshua Dixon and Melvin T. Russell.

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Show times at the Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., are 8 p.m. tonight, Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays and 10:30 a.m. Feb. 16, through Feb. 19. Tickets are $16. Call 410-752-8558 or visit www.theatreproject.org.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

MAGIC

MAGIC NOW YOU SEE HIM ...

Master of magic and illusions David Copperfield will be at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center tomorrow and Saturday. The show, David Copperfield -- An Intimate Evening of Grand Illusion, features vanishing acts, sleights-of-hand and other illusions related to the wonder of dreams.

Highlights include "Reunion," which offers a member of the audience the chance to reunite with a lost loved one; "Killer," featuring the magician interacting with an African scorpion; "Shortschange," with Copperfield walking into a Victoria's Secret catalog; "Squeezebox," which has the 6-foot-1-inch illusionist squeezing into a tiny box; "The Lottery," which shows Copperfield's knack for predicting winning prize numbers; "Man Versus Steel," which sends the illusionist floating through a steel barrier; and "Thirteen, which" illustrates how dreams do come true, as 13 audience members, chosen at random, vanish, then magically appear in far-off places.

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David Copperfield performs at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. tomorrow and at 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. Tickets are $33.50-$68.50. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit ticketmaster.com.

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[LORI SEARS]

ART

BOURGEOIS' WOMEN

Women's bodies that morph into houses and trees, big scary spiders as symbols of maternal love, surrealist dreams in plaster and bronze with amazing anatomical unmentionables we could never show in print -- they're all on view in two exhibitions of Louise Bourgeois artworks that open Saturday at the Walters Art Museum and the Contemporary Museum.

Bourgeois, 94, was postmodern and feminist before either was cool, creating images of women that are angry, tender, funny and sometimes horrific.

The Walters is showing 39 of Bourgeois' sculptures ingeniously installed alongside familiar objects in its permanent collection and set off only by tell-tale pink labels; the Contemporary displays nine Bourgeois etchings and two recent sculptures, as well as a couple of classic documentary films about the artist. Both shows run through May 21.

Concurrent with the Walters and Contemporary shows, Goya Contemporary is showing Bourgeois prints and works on paper through April 14. The gallery is at 3000 Chestnut Ave. Call 410-366-2001.

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The Walters is at 600 N. Charles St. Call 410-547-9000. The Contemporary is at 100 W. Centre St. Call 410-783-5720.

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[GLENN MCNATT]

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