The Big Three

February 22, 2007

THE SONGS OF IRELAND

MUSIC

The Irish singing group Celtic Woman performs at the Hippodrome Theatre tomorrow and Saturday. Delivering solos and ensemble numbers, the women present classic Irish songs and standards such as "Danny Boy," contemporary pieces including Enya's "Orinoco Flow," other classical songs such as "Ave Maria," and original songs.

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Performances are at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. Tickets $40-$65. Call 410-547-SEAT or go to ticketmaster.com.

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[LORI SEARS]

AMERICAN CRAFT SHOW

CRAFTS

The time is now, craft lovers. The big one -- the American Craft Show -- takes over the Baltimore Convention Center tomorrow through Sunday. More than 850 craft artists will display and sell their handmade furniture and home decor, unique jewelry, clothing, toys and much more at the huge show, now in its 31st year. Visitors can also catch a sneak peek at the three-part PBS series Craft in America (scheduled to air in April) with a panel discussion led by the series' executive producer, Carol Sauvion, after the screening. Other events include art lectures, tours and even a musical performance, "Orchestral Apparatus for Knitting."

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The show runs 10 a.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. $14; $20 for a two-day pass; free for children 12 and younger. Call 800-836-3470 or go to craft council.org / baltimore.

[LORI SEARS]

'CARNIVAL' AT THE KENNEDY CENTER

MUSICAL

Love will make the world go 'round when the musical Carnival opens Saturday at Washington's Kennedy Center. Adapted from the 1953 movie Lili, about a young French woman who joins a traveling circus and falls in love with its magician, the show debuted on Broadway in 1961, starring Anna Maria Alberghetti in the role created on screen by Leslie Caron.

The score, by Bob Merrill, who went on to write Funny Girl, includes the romantic "Always Always You" as well as "Love Makes the World Go Round." The book is by the late Michael Stewart, whose credits include Bye Bye Birdie and Hello, Dolly! The Kennedy Center's script has been revised by Stewart's sister, Francine Pascal, best known for the Sweet Valley High series of teen novels. Ereni Sevasti, Jim Stanek and Sebastian La Cause head a cast directed by Robert Longbottom.

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Showtimes at the Kennedy Center, where the musical is currently in previews, are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, with matinees at 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through March 11. Tickets are $25-$90. Call 800-444-1324 or go to kennedy-center.org.

[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

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