The Big Three

October 19, 2006

THEATER

TRIAL BY JURY

Twelve Angry Men -- Reginald Rose's classic jury-room drama -- has taken several forms since it debuted on CBS' Studio One in 1954. Made into a motion picturing starring Henry Fonda in 1957, it subsequently became a three-act stage play. The version that opens at the Hippodrome Theatre on Tuesday is a taut, 90-minute, intermission-less session.

George Wendt plays the foreman, and Richard Thomas stars as the hold-out juror in a jury whose other 11 members are prepared to convict a teenage boy of murder. Direction is by Scott Ellis, who also staged the 2004 Broadway revival.

In conjunction with opening night, the University of Maryland School of Law is presenting a pre-theater dinner and discussion titled "The Jury as Truth Finder: Fact or Fiction?" Andy Levy, a partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy, will moderate a panel with Judge Deborah S. Eyler of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and D. Graham Burnett, an associate professor of history at Princeton University and the author of A Trial By Jury, one of the references used by the cast of the current production. (Tickets to the 6 p.m. dinner and discussion are $25. Call 410-706-2070 or go to law.umary land.edu.)

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Showtimes for Twelve Angry Men at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St., are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 5. Tickets are $27-$67. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to broadwayacrossamerica.com.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

MOVIES

WEINBERG 72 FILM FEST

The Weinberg Center's 72 Fest offers a spotlight for area filmmakers, editors and writers who enjoy making movie magic, as well as those who just like to see the finished product. The festival begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow with a showing of the acclaimed documentary War Tapes, footage shot by National Guard troops in Iraq, followed by Al Gore's documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, at 9:30 p.m.

Writer / director Andrew Bujalski's Mutual Appreciation will be screened at 2 p.m. Saturday, and Bujalski will answer questions afterward. At 7 p.m., festival attendees can see the results of a competition held the previous weekend, in which 16 teams each conceived of, wrote, directed and edited a short film in only 72 hours.

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The 72 Fest begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Weinberg Center for the Art on 20 W. Patrick St. in Frederick. Tickets are $10 per day or $15 for both days. Call 301-228-2828 or go to weinbergcenter.org. .......................

[KRISTIN GRAY]

EXPO HOME SWEET SHOW

As the weather turns colder, take a little time this weekend to revitalize your home, garden and lifestyle before it's too chilly. The Maryland Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show -- coupled with the Maryland Holiday Craft Show -- offers 600 exhibits on home improvement, remodeling, gardening, travel, health and beauty, and 130 juried craft booths.

Hosted by Clive Pearse and Lisa LaPorta from HGTV's Designed to Sell, the show is the largest in the mid-Atlantic. Taking the Home Depot Stage at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Pearse and LaPorta will share their top 10 tips on how to improve your home's value. They also will give the behind-the-scenes scoop on their popular TV show.

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The Maryland Home, Garden & Lifestyle Show and Maryland Holiday Craft Show is 10 a.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, 2200 York Road. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $3 for children 6-12 and free for those younger than 6. Parking is free. For more information, call 410-863-1180 or go to mdhomeand

garden.com.

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[BROOKE NEVILS]

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