The Big Three

June 29, 2006

MUSIC

JAZZ AND SCULPTURE

If you like your jazz with a little ambience, you'll want to attend one (or more) of the "Jazz in the Sculpture Garden" concerts on select Saturdays through August at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The outdoor music series kicks off this week with the Winard Harper Sextet. Harper is a Baltimore-born drummer. Coming up on July 15 will be the Rumba Club. On July 29, the Stryker / Slagle Band performs. Then on Aug. 12, it's the Don Braden Organic Trio featuring Vanessa Rubin. Closing out the series is saxophonist Eric Alexander with pianist Mike LeDonne on Aug. 26. Visitors can enjoy these casual concerts with picnic foods from the outdoor bar or purchase the "Jazz+Dinner" option for a three-course meal from Gertrude's on the terrace.

The concerts begin at 7 p.m. this Saturday, July 15, 29, Aug. 12 and 26 at the Baltimore Museum of Art Sculpture Garden, 10 Art Museum Drive. Concert tickets are $20 each ($15 for BMA members). Discounted price of $95 ($70 BMA members) for all five concerts; must purchase by tomorrow. "Jazz+Dinner" tickets are $65 ($60 BMA members). Call 443-573-1701 or 443-573-1832 or visit art bma.org.

[LORI SEARS]

MOVIES

SUMMER MATINEES

Escape the summer heat with a free family flick inside the new University of Baltimore Student Center. For eight Saturday mornings throughout the summer, film fans are invited to catch a family-friendly movie in the new center's Performing Arts Theater. The Summer Family Film Series begins Saturday with Back to the Future. The next showing will be The Karate Kid on July 8, then Who Framed Roger Rabbit on July 15. The next film screens two weeks later, on July 29, with Pee Wee's Big Adventure. The Aug. 5 film is Raiders of the Lost Ark, Aug. 12 is An American Tail, Aug. 19 is Superman, and the series wraps up on Aug. 26 with Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

The film series begins Saturday and continues July 8, 15, 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Screenings are 10 a.m.-noon at the University of Baltimore's Student Center, Performing Arts Theater, 1420 N. Charles St. Free. Call 410-837-5420 or visit ubalt.edu / calendar.

[LORI SEARS]

THEATER

POLITICAL STAGES

The Potomac Theatre Project -- the politically oriented theater company that has been in residence at Olney Theatre Center for 11 years -- launches this summer's repertory with Howard Barker's No End of Blame.

Opening tomorrow, the play spans five decades in the life of a Hungarian cartoonist, chronicling his journey from war and political oppression to London's Fleet Street. Paul Morella portrays the artist, with an ensemble of eight playing nearly 40 other roles. Direction is by Richard Romagnoli.

Beginning Wednesday, No End of Blame will be performed in rotating repertory with Shelagh Stephenson's An Experiment With an Air Pump, a play that looks at scientific breakthroughs and ethical quandaries in 1799 and 1999.

"No End of Blame" (which has a final preview performance tonight) and "An Experiment With an Air Pump" are performed on the Historic Stage at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney, through July 23. Tickets are $15. For show times, call 301-924-3400 or visit olneytheatre.org.

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

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