The Big Three

July 06, 2006

THEATER AERIAL SHAKESPEARE

There will be spirits in the meadow at Evergreen House when the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival opens its high-flying production of A Midsummer Night's Dream tomorrow. To enhance the magic in Shakespeare's comic account of lovers (mortal and immortal), the festival brought in aerial expert Buffy Hornung, a Towson University alum who is a member of the Los Angeles-based Silk Sisters. Under Hornung's guidance, the actors playing fairies have been trained to perform aerial stunts using a hoop and hammock suspended from Evergreen's trees.

Laura Hackman directs this airy Dream, which stars Tim Marrone and Mindy Woodhead as both the earthbound king and queen, Theseus and Hippolyta, and their regal fairyland counterparts, Oberon and Titania; Jen Plants as mischievous Puck; and Bruce R. Nelson as Bottom, the weaver.

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Showtimes at Evergreen, 4545 N. Charles St., are 7 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays, through July 23. The grounds open for picnicking two hours before showtime; theatergoers are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. Tickets are $25. Call 410-366-8596 or visit www.baltimore shakespeare.org.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

SCI-FI CONVENTION

SHORE LEAVE 28

Sci-fi buffs: Beam yourself up to Hunt Valley this weekend for Shore Leave 28, the annual science fiction convention presented by the Star Trek Association of Towson. The fan-run event features appearances by actors from science fiction TV shows and movies, including Corin Nemec (Stargate SG-1), Kent McCord (Farscape), Amanda Tapping (Stargate SG-1), Spice Williams (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier), Gigi Edgley (Farscape), Jamie Bamber (Battlestar Galactica) and many others. There will be meetings, autograph signings and question-and-answer sessions with the actors, as well as workshops, demonstrations, panel discussions, live performances, costume contests, gaming tournaments, an art show, auction and lots more.

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Shore Leave 28 is tomorrow through Sunday at Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley. $65 for a weekend pass; $12-$40 for daily passes; free for ages younger than 5. Call 410-496-4456 or visit shore-leave.com for schedule.

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[LORI SEARS]

MUSIC

ALL THE WORLD'S MUSIC

This weekend, the Music and Arts Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster celebrates the commonality of music. Common Ground on the Hill presents the annual music, dance and arts festival of live blues, folk, Latino, African, Native American, gospel, Celtic, Appalachian and bluegrass music, as well as storytelling, dancing, juried art, crafts, food and lots more from cultures around the world. Performances will take place on four stages with headliners Richie Havens playing at 7 p.m. Saturday and Tom Chapin playing at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday.

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The festival runs 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster. Dance is 8:30 p.m.-midnight Saturday at the Carroll County Agricultural Center, 706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster. $5-$40; free for age 5 and younger with a paying adult. Call 410-857-2771.

[LORI SEARS]

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