The Big Three

March 08, 2007

PARADE

GOING GREEN

Put on your green and look out for leprechauns Sunday. It's time for the Baltimore St. Patrick Parade. Eleven local Irish organizations have put the event together, and they say it's the largest parade in the state.

Just before the parade, runners will take off in the Shamrock 5K Run to benefit the parade and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Everyone really is a winner in this race: Runners 21 and older get free beer at the finish line.

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The Shamrock 5K Run begins at 1:15 p.m. Sunday at Charles and Franklin streets and ends at Market Place with a post-race party at Power Plant Live, Market Place and Water Street. The Baltimore St. Patrick Parade starts at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mount Vernon Place, heads south on Charles Street and east on Pratt Street to President Street. For more details, go to irishparade.net.

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[GENA R. CHATTIN]

COMEDY

GAROFALO: STILL STANDING

Janeane Garofalo will bring the wit that made her shine in such films as Mystery Men and Reality Bites to her comedy show Monday at Rams Head Live.

It's hard to label Garofalo. Her work as an actress and radio host brought her into the mainstream, but she got her start doing stand-up comedy. The former Majority Report co-host's routines are full of her trademark cynicism and are likely to include a stab at political commentary.

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Doors will open at 7 p.m. Monday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place, Power Plant Live. Tickets are $20 standing, $25 bleachers, $29.50 floor and $40 VIP area. Call 410-244-1131 or go to ramshead live.com.

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[GENA R. CHATTIN]

THEATER

1 ACT, 2 PLAYS, 3 WEEKENDS

Performance Workshop Theatre is reviving two of its most thought-provoking works, Bertolt Brecht's one-act plays, The Jewish Wife and The Informer, for three weekends beginning tomorrow. Set in early 1930s Germany, the plays examine the lives of ordinary citizens in the years leading up to the Holocaust.

The theater company, which got its start in Bethlehem, Pa., initially staged the two short plays at Bethlehem's Lehigh University in 1980 for a class taught by a Holocaust scholar. It has subsequently toured the works throughout the mid-Atlantic area.

After each performance, the cast -- which includes Jamie DeMarco, Donna Fox, Alison Kerr, Tim King, Katherine Lyons and Wilson White -- remains in character and is interviewed by the audience.

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Show times at Performance Workshop Theatre, 28 E. Ostend St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays, through March 25. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students. Call 410-659-7830 or go to performanceworkshop theatre.org.

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[J. WYNN ROUSUCK]

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