The Big Three

THE BIG THRES

November 23, 2006

HOLIDAY DISPLAY

FESTIVAL OF TREES

Get the holiday spirit at the Kennedy Krieger Institute's Festival of Trees tomorrow through Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Some 400 uniquely decorated trees, wreaths, stockings and gingerbread houses will be on view and for sale, and more than 100 craft boutiques and shops will be set up for holiday shopping. Live entertainment will include the kids' group Milkshake, puppet shows and comedy acts. There also will be salsa dance lessons and toy train gardens. Kids can enter Santa Land and ride the carousel, play carnival games and join in craft activities. Ravens kicker Matt Stover will conduct a kicking clinic tomorrow night, which will be followed by a reading of a holiday story by Stover and Ravens running back Jamal Lewis.

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The annual Festival of Trees runs 10 a.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. Tickets are $5 and $10; free for ages 4 and younger. Call 443-923-7300 or visit kennedykrieger.org.

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[LORI SEARS]

TRAINS

ON TRACK FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Whether you're a train fan, a history buff or just a big holiday softy, you're sure to enjoy the Holiday Festival of Trains at the B&O Railroad Museum tomorrow through Dec. 30. Visitors can watch Santa's arrival by locomotive at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, and then visit with him Saturdays and Sundays through December. Model trains and railroads, including an HO-model layout and an outdoor G-scale layout, as well as various toy trains, will be set up. Six visiting train-modeling groups will display their layouts on varying days through December.

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The Holiday Festival of Trains runs tomorrow through Dec. 30 at the B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday, then regular hours resume: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission $14; $12 seniors; $8 ages 2-12; free for those younger than 2. Call 410-752-2490 or visit borail.org.

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[LORI SEARS]

THEATER

'DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS'

"Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" opens at the Hippodrome Theatre on Tuesday.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels -- the Broadway musical based on the 1988 Michael Caine-Steve Martin con-artist movie -- will work its comic con on Baltimore audiences beginning Tuesday at the Hippodrome Theatre. Tom Hewitt, whose Broadway credits include Dracula and The Rocky Horror Show, plays the Caine role of debonair swindler Lawrence Jameson. Timothy Gulan is his oafish protege.

The show has a score by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane. Direction and choreography are by Jack O'Brien and Jerry Mitchell, respectively; the pair performed the same duties for Hairspray and The Full Monty. The French Riviera set is by another Hairspray alum, David Rockwell.

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Show times 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 Dec. 3. Tickets are $29-$74. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

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