The Big Three

July 20, 2006

EXHIBIT

WALTERS' PRECIOUS BOOKS

It's an odd name for an unusual exhibit. Schatzkammer: Henry Walters' German Manuscripts, an exhibit of 24 medieval German manuscripts, is on display Saturday through Oct. 29 at the Walters Art Museum. Henry Walters amassed the collection of high-quality, rare and illustrated ninth-through-16th-century Gospel books, prayer books, liturgical manuscripts and theological texts throughout his lifetime.

During the Middle Ages, precious books and possessions such as these were stored in the Schatzkammer, or treasury, of a church or palace for protection. This exhibit features books, including the Gospel book from Reichenau and the Mondsee Gospel Lectionary manuscript, that have rarely ever been on display.

The exhibit runs Saturday through Oct. 29 at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Admission is $2-$10; free for those younger than 6. Call 410-547-9000 or visit thewalters.org for hours.

[LORI SEARS]

THEATER

DOUBLE UP ON IBSEN

Think of it as an Ibsen identity crisis. On Saturday and Sunday at the Olney Theatre Center, Julie-Ann Elliott and Christopher Lane will be portraying Hedda Gabler and her husband, George Tesman, by day and Catherine Stockmann and her husband, Dr. Thomas Stockmann, by night. That's because this is the final weekend of Hedda Gabler, and the first in the run of An Enemy of the People.

The two plays constitute Olney's "Ibsen Experiment," honoring the centenary of the great Norwegian playwright's death. Ibsen is often regarded as the first modern playwright, and An Enemy of the People -- which focuses on Dr. Stockmann's crusade to clean up his town's polluted water supply -- is especially topical in these environmentally conscious times. Also doing double Ibsen duty are actor Jeffries Thaiss and designers James Kronzer (sets), Howard Vincent Kurta (costumes) and Daniel MacLean Wagner (lighting). Direction is by Jim Petosa.

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The Ibsen Experiment is performed in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab at Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. An Enemy of the People runs through Aug. 27. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $34-$44. Call 301-924-3400 or visit olneytheatre.org.

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

DINING

BALTIMORE RESTAURANT WEEK

As if you needed an excuse to go out to eat, Baltimore Restaurant Week takes place Monday through July 28 at numerous city restaurants. Diners can choose a restaurant from a list of more than 60 and have a three-course meal for $30. The price does not include liquor, tax or tip. The full list of participating restaurants, with menus -- including the Prime Rib, Matsuri Restaurant, Petit Louis Bistro, Da Mimmo Restaurant and Tir Na Nog Irish Bar and Grill -- is at baltimorerestaurantweek.com. Many of the restaurants will also offer a two-course lunch menu for $20. A reduced parking rate of $3 will be offered after 5 p.m. at many downtown garages.

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Baltimore Restaurant Week runs Monday to July 28 at downtown restaurants. Visit baltimorerestaurantweek.com for listing of all restaurants. Call 877-BALTIMORE. .

[LORI SEARS]

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