The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

August 31, 2006|By LORI SEARS

MENCKEN EXHIBIT

Appreciate the wit and wisdom of writer H.L. Mencken at the new exhibit Yet Another One! H.L. Mencken, running tomorrow through Jan. 7 at the George Peabody Library. Visitors will see the writer's scrawled notes and inscriptions -- many humorous and personal -- inside books and on pamphlets and other gifts that he gave to his friends and members of his family. An opening reception with a lecture and book-signing by Marion Rodgers, author of Mencken: The American Iconoclast, will take place Sept. 10.

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The exhibit runs tomorrow through Jan. 7 at the Peabody Library, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. The reception, which will be held 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10, requires reservations. Call 410-516-7943 or visit george

peabodylibrary.jhu.edu.

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WILDLIFE PICTURES

Since it was first snapped in 1979, "The Mad Bluebird" photograph has captivated viewers. Wildlife photographer Michael L. Smith's famous picture of the "angry" bird, as well as photos of various other wild creatures, will be on view at the exhibit Michael L. Smith: Wildlife Photographer, through Oct. 15 at Taneytown History Museum. Visitors can meet Smith, who will be at the museum Sundays through September. And they can purchase his photos on Oct. 15.

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The exhibit runs through Oct. 15 at Taneytown History Museum, 24 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown. Meet Michael L. Smith 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, as well as Sept. 10, 17 and 24. Call 410-756-4234 or visit taneytownmuseum.org.

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BLOCK PARTY

WHAT / / Xterra Towson Block Party

WHEN / / 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m. tomorrow

WHERE / / Pennsylvania Avenue in Towson

WHY / / Because you can welcome all of the area college students back to Towson at this block party. And you can enjoy live music by modern reggae band Jah Works, alternative / funk band Layhill and rock band Half Nasty. And there will be informational tables from local businesses, discounts from food and beverage retailers and more.

CONTACT / / 410-825-1144 or towsonchamber.com

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REELING IN SHRIMP

Think you can down some shrimp? You've probably got nothing on the 10 finalists in the Old Bay Peel and Eat Shrimp Classic. They can eat some serious shrimp, and they'll be competing for $10,000 at the fifth annual event at the Inner Harbor tomorrow. The competitors, who are from around the country, will have 10 minutes to peel and eat as many shrimp as they can. And you're invited to cheer them on -- especially Pasadena resident Lisa Robinson -- who's trying to bring the national title to Maryland.

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The Shrimp Classic takes place tomorrow at the Harborplace Amphitheatre, 200 E. Pratt St. The contest starts at 12:30 p.m., but spectators are invited to arrive at noon. Call 410-332-4191.

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FRENCH FILMS

Foreign-film buffs will want to catch the "French Connection" film series at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Saturday. Visitors to the Central Library can watch screenings of several rare French film shorts throughout the afternoon. Included will be Georges Melies' 1904 silent film Voyage a Travers l'Impossible; Chris Marker's La Jetee, a futuristic film and the inspiration for Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys; Jean-Luc Godard's Tous Les Garcons S'Appellent Patrick; and Ousmane Sembene's Borom Sarat.

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The "French Connection" series begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium, 400 Cathedral St. Call 410-396-5430.

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BATTLE RE-ENACTMENT

WHAT / / Battle of North Point re-enactment

WHEN / / 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE / / Fort Howard Park, North Point Road, Edgemere

WHY / / Because you'll get to see two War of 1812 battle re-enactments, living-history displays and more, in honor of Defenders' Day.

CONTACT / / 410-686-8709 or battle northpoint.org

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