The Big Three

June 22, 2006

THEATER

PARADE OF PLAYS

The 25th anniversary Baltimore Playwrights Festival gets off to a weighty start this weekend with Turn Your Head and Kafka by Laura Ridgeway. Produced by Run of the Mill Theater and directed by its new artistic director, Jenny Tibbels, the play intermingles elements from Franz Kafka's novel The Trial with his correspondence with his mistress, journalist Milena Jesenska. Brian Oakes and Julia Brandeberry star.

The silver-anniversary season also features five other productions, including three bills of one-acts. Here's the full schedule: The Past Is the Present (four one-act plays -- Willie Baby by Joe Dennison, Carol Weinberg and Kimberley Lynne; Memory Garden and Wilderness, both by Mark Scharf; and Miss Alice Plays by Rich Espey), Fell's Point Corner Theatre, June 29-July 23; A Modern Pas de Deux by Susan Middaugh, Vagabond Players, July 28-Aug. 6; Two one-acts -- Return of the 5th Sister by Lynne and SOD by Mark Squirek, Mobtown Players at Meadow Mill, Aug. 4-20; Hope's Arbor by Espey, Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre, Aug. 11-27; and Split by Ira Gamerman, Uncommon Voices at Fell's Point Corner, Aug. 10-27.

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"Turn Your Head and Kafka" will be performed at the McManus Theater at Loyola College, 4501 N. Charles St. Showtimes are 8 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday and June 30 and July 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8, and 2 p.m. July 8. Tickets are $15 (except for tonight's free preview at 8.) For more information, call 410-796-1555 or visit runofthemilltheater.org. For information on the festival, visit baltimoreplaywrightsfestival.org.

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

FAMILY

BLINDED BY SCIENCE

Turning 30 should be a momentous occasion. And it will be for the Maryland Science Center. The attraction, which opened in June 1976 at the Inner Harbor, is celebrating its big 3-0 this weekend with a huge celebration. The Maryland Science Center's 30th Anniversary Weekend will feature a free outdoor showing of E.T. on the giant screen at dusk tomorrow. Visitors should bring a blanket or chair.

The celebration continues Saturday morning with breakfast, autographs, photos and music with area mascots, including the Oriole Bird, Louie from the Bowie Baysox and the center's Astro. The fun continues right after the breakfast with a birthday party, offering games and activities, music and plenty of birthday cake for all. And visitors who were born in the year 1976 will be admitted free to the birthday bash. On Saturday evening, the MSC presents its annual fundraising event -- this year dubbed "Solstice '06 -- The Science of Summer" -- with dinner, interactive entertainment, live music and more.

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The Anniversary Weekend kicks off at dusk tomorrow with the free film showing outside of the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. The mascot breakfast runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. Admission is $10-$15. The birthday party takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $11.75-$16.25. The fundraising event runs from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday throughout the center. Tickets are $100. Call 410-685-5225 or 410-545-5980 (breakfast only) or 410-545-5940 (fundraiser only) or visit marylandsciencecenter.org.

[LORI SEARS]

MUSEUM

A REASON TO SMILE

For a decade, the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry has been educating visitors about proper dental health, as well as sharing information on the history of dentistry in a most entertaining manner. And this weekend, as the museum celebrates its 10th anniversary, visitors can enjoy an array of fun-filled and informative programs and events. The Gala Weekend Celebration, beginning tomorrow, features the opening of three exhibits -- Forensics: Solving Mysteries, MouthPower: The Exhibition and Watch Your Mouth: Sports in Dentistry -- as well as $1 museum admission, a lecture, wine tasting and a grand gala.

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The celebration kicks off tomorrow with $1 admission to the new exhibits through Sunday at the National Museum of Dentistry, 31 S. Greene St. The lecture is at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the University of Maryland, Baltimore's Davidge Hall, 522 W. Lombard St. Free. The wine tasting is at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the museum. $75. The gala will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Harbor Court Hotel, 550 Light St. Call 410-706-8477 for ticket information or visit www.dentalmuseum.umaryland.edu.

[LORI SEARS]

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