The Big Three

September 21, 2006

CELEBRATION

VISIT WORLD OF HENSON

Celebrate the world of Muppet Man Jim Henson tomorrow at his alma mater, the University of Maryland, College Park. Festivities begin with the launch of Jim Henson: Performing Artist, a multimedia gallery exhibition featuring six Muppets, handwritten production notes and a newly digitized collection of selected Henson television and film footage. Events include a panel discussion with Jane Henson exploring her late husband's Maryland roots and a performance of The Ox-herder's Tale by Jim Henson Artist-in-Residence Blair Thomas & Company.

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All events take place at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Stadium Drive and University Boulevard. The exhibition begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library and runs through June 30. "Jane and Friends: The College Park Legacy" is at 3 p.m. in the Gildenhorn Recital Hall. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performance of "The Ox-herders Tale" in the Kay Theatre are $30 for adults, $7 for students. For more information, visit claricesmithcenter.umd.edu or call 301-405-ARTS.

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[BROOKE NEVILS]

FESTIVAL O.C.'S SECOND SEASON

Ocean City's "second season" begins with Sunfest, today through Sunday in the Inlet Parking Lot in South Ocean City. The festival offers four days of live entertainment, including performances by SHeDAISY tomorrow night and KC and the Sunshine Band on Saturday night. In addition to two stages of continuous live music, there will be Eastern Shore cuisine and local arts and crafts. Kids can try out inflatables and a rock-climbing wall while adults hunt for $10,000 worth of jewels in the Adeler Jewelers Treasure Hunt (tomorrow and Saturday at 11 a.m.).

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Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, tomorrow and Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. General admission is free. Tickets for the 8 p.m. performances by Beatlemania Again today, SHeDAISY tomorrow and KC and the Sunshine Band on Saturday can be purchased on site or online through Ticketmaster. Visitors are encouraged to use the Boardwalk Tram service or the West Ocean City Park & Ride. For a complete schedule of events, visit ococean.com or call 800-626-2326.

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[BROOKE NEVILS]

HOLLYWOOD, IRELAND

THEATER

Ah, the lure of Hollywood! In Marie Jones' comedy Stones in His Pockets, it stretches all the way to a small Irish town, where a pair of locals get jobs as extras in a period Irish epic being filmed in their village. Originally staged in Belfast in 1999 before moving on to the Edinburgh Festival, the West End and Broadway, this two-man play opens the 14th season at Rep Stage in Columbia tomorrow. Bruce Nelson and Michael Stebbins portray not only the two extras, but also more than a dozen other village and movie folk. Direction is by Lee Mikeska Gardner.

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Showtimes at Rep Stage, in residence at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Sundays and Oct. 5, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 8. Tickets are $12-$24. For more information, call 410-772-4900 or visit repstage.org.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

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