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February 15, 2007|By Gena R. Chattin

Inflatable Theater

If you're off to see the "pneumatic wizard," you must be on your way to the Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater this weekend in Annapolis. Garbo brings his air-filled menagerie to Maryland Hall for a show that promises "artistic imagery and creative foolishness."

Garbo's theater boasts inflatable props that interact with performers and sometimes venture out into the audience. Brazilian ballerina Daielma Santos, formerly of the Brazilian Studio de Dancas and the Opera Paulista II dance company, performs alongside Garbo and his toys.

Prior to taking his inflatable show on the road, Garbo performed as the acrobat inside Sesame Street's Barkley the dog and as chief juggler in the Broadway musical Barnum. He studied under the late mime Tony Montanaro, tumbled for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center and danced with MOMIX in Brazil.

The Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater inflates at 3 p.m. Sunday at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Tickets are $17-$24. Call 410-280-5640 or go to

Gena R. Chattin

Chefs and gourmets

Chefs, gourmets and gourmands can sample the best in local food and wine and take part in hands-on cooking sessions at this weekend's Great Tastes Culinary Expo.

Local restaurants, caterers and food manufacturers will offer a taste of their finest foods, so come hungry. A wine and spirit tasting room will offer guests tastes from around the world.

The Food Network's Sara Moulton (of Sara's Secrets) and Juan-Carlos Cruz (of Calorie Commando) will perform cooking demonstrations.

The Expo is a part of the Great Tastes Culinary Weekend, which will sponsor events at restaurants across Baltimore today through Sunday.

Great Tastes Culinary Expo will be noon-6 p.m. Saturday at the Tremont Grand Conference Center, 225 N. Charles St. Expo tickets are $55 in advance and $65 at the door. Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass, all tastings, all exhibits and main-stage demonstrations. Reserve seating for the Moulton and Cruz demonstrations is an additional $20. Other weekend events have separate admission fees. Call 800-830-3976 or go to

Gena R. Chattin

George's real false teeth

George Washington's famous dentures were ivory, but the myth that George wore wooden teeth has lasted for centuries. If you're still not convinced, see for yourself. The National Museum of Dentistry will have them on display as it celebrates Washington's 275th birthday this weekend.

In addition to seeing Washington's famous, not-wooden dentures, guests can learn more about the man's life and era. Visitors can play Colonial games, learn about 18th century food and nutrition and visit a replica of a Revolutionary War camp. The museum will be open for tours, and visitors can munch on birthday treats.

Celebrate Washington's birthday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry, 31 S. Greene St. Admission is $1 (George's own bill, naturally). Call 410-706-0600 or go to

Gena R. Chattin

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