The Big Three

THE BIG THREE

May 03, 2007

FAMILY

Spring into Flower Mart

Tomorrow marks the beginning of Flower Mart, which includes live entertainment, arts and crafts, author appearances and, of course, flowers. Entertainers will perform on three stages, and singers can showcase their talent in "Flower Mart Idol." Puppet shows and face painting will be available for children, and vendors will offer products and services.

Flower Mart is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday around the Washington Monument, 609 Washington Place. Admission is free. Call 410-323-0022 or go to flowermart.org.

SHANISE WINTERS

DANCE

Theatre Project dance

Celebrate the art of motion as Dance Baltimore presents a "Weekend at the Project" tomorrow and Saturday at Theatre Project. Tomorrow's events include "The Men's Dance/Unique Voices," performances by male choreographers and dancers, including Damien Patterson, Matthew Heggen, Aaron Lewis and Kingdom Priest. Also, Full Circle Dance Company performs a work by Travis Gatling.

Saturday, the show "Ageless Grace" will include performances by area dancers older than 40. The program will feature Tapsicore, Maria Broom, belly-dancer Piper Hunt and others.

Dance shows are at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. Tickets are $12 at the door; $10 in advance. Call 410-370-8994 or go to dancebaltimore.org or missiontix.com.

LORI SEARS

FAMILY

The wacky race

It's all about ingenuity, art and mechanics. It's about the wacky, the brilliant and the creatively crafty. It's the Kinetic Sculpture Race. And if you haven't heard of it, you should consider a visit to the American Visionary Art Museum Saturday. The annual race includes some 40 unusual, bizarre and imaginative human-powered works of art - often made of old bicycles, recycled gears and parts - in a dash through a 15-mile course on Baltimore streets, into the harbor (yes, the vehicles must be able to float) and through mud and sand. Large and small, the art machines will be piloted by one, two or sometimes many people. The creators and their creations will compete for the Mediocre Award (finishing in the middle), the Next-to-Last Award and various other "serious" awards, such as for Art and Engineering.

The race is 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. It begins with a brake test and safety check at AVAM, 800 Key Highway, at 8 a.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. at AVAM. Race begins at 10 a.m. Free. For details on prime viewing spots for spectators, call 410-244-1900 or go to avam.org/kinetic or kineticbaltimore.com.

LORI SEARS

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