The Big Three

November 09, 2006

MUSIC OF THE SPHERES

The Hubble Telescope, back in the news lately when a new repair mission for it was approved, will play an unusual role on Earth, thanks to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. For the opening of the BSO's Explorer Series, best-selling author Mario Livio, senior astrophysicist at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute at the Johns Hopkins University, will introduce images from Hubble's eyes on the galaxy. Those visuals will accompany a performance of Rainbow Body, a brilliant award-winning work by Peabody Institute faculty member Christopher Theofanidis. Mussorgsky's Night on Bald Mountain and Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony complete the color-rich program, conducted by Peter Oundjian.

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The BSO's Heavenly Body program will be performed at 8 p.m. today at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda; 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $25 to $80. Call 410-783-8000 or go to baltimoresymphony.org.

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[TIM SMITH]

THEATER

A CLASSIC 'SCANDAL'

Gossip and bad manners, it would seem, never go out of style, but they're getting a fresh airing at Everyman Theatre where a world premiere stage adaptation of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1777 satire, The School for Scandal, opens tomorrow. For Everyman's first stab at the classics, director Vincent M. Lancisi selected a teleplay adapted by playwright Michael Bawtree for a 1975 PBS telecast. When the director contacted Bawtree, however, the writer was unable to locate a script. Everyman then had a transcript made from the DVD.

The resulting production features the largest cast in Everyman's history, including company members Megan Anderson as Lady Teazle, Rosemary Knower as Mrs. Candour and Bruce Nelson as Snake. Other returning Everyman actors include McKenzie Bowling, Conrad Feininger, Helen Hedman, Wil Love, Stephen Patrick Martin and Carl Schurr. The period sets and costumes are by Daniel Ettinger and Gail Stewart Beach, respectively.

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Showtimes at Everyman, 1727 N. Charles St., are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 17. Tickets are $20-$30 (except tonight's final preview, which is $17). Call 410-752-2208 or go to everymantheatre.org.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

MOVIES ANNAPOLIS FILM FESTIVAL

Independent-film buffs are in for a treat tomorrow through Monday. The four-day Annapolis Film Festival of movies from all genres, including documentaries, short films and animation, takes place at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Crown Harbour 9 Theaters and Bowie State University. The films are from all around the globe, with some from local filmmakers.

The festival kicks off tomorrow with Daniel Mellitz's film The Naked Ape at Maryland Hall. A gala party follows. Also scheduled is Baltimore filmmakers Ryan and Jason Pattan's Love & Music. Many filmmakers will be at screenings and answer questions afterward.

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The Annapolis Film Festival begins at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Tickets $35 for film and party; $15 film only; $25 party only. The festival runs 12:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Maryland Hall, as well as Crown Harbour 9 theaters, 2474 Solomons Island Road, Annapolis, and Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie. Tickets are $10 per film; $8 seniors and students. A Saturday or Sunday day-pass is $25. A full festival pass is $75. Family-friendly films are free for age 15 and younger with a paying adult. Monday, there will be "Best of the Festival" screenings at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. at Crown Harbour 9. Tickets are buy-one-get-one-free. Go to annapolisfilmfestival. com for full schedule.

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[LORI SEARS]

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