A reading at Hopkins


May 10, 2007

The lowdown -- Former U.S. poet laureate and frequent A Prairie Home Companion guest Billy Collins will deliver the Joshua Ringel Memorial Reading on Mother's Day at the Johns Hopkins University. In addition to his 2001- 2003 stint as poet laureate, Collins has been named a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library Literary Lion.

If you go -- Collins' reading begins at 5 p.m. Sunday at Shriver Hall, the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. A reception will be held at 4:30 p.m., and Collins will autograph books after the reading. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Call 410-735-4103 or go to www.cty.jhu.edu/ringel.


The music of `Falsettos'

The lowdown -- Two one-act musicals March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland are combined into one in Falsettos, opening tomorrow at Fell's Point Corner Theatre. Using three dozen songs by composer William Finn and a script by Finn and James Lapine, the show charts two years in the life of a Jewish family, including the father's relationship with his male lover and the mother's with her ex's psychiatrist. Bill Kamberger directs a cast including Stuart Goldstone, David Gregory, Kendra Keiser, Susannah Hoffman, Benjamin Miller, Larry Munsey and Shelly Work. Musical direction is by Michael Tan.

If you go -- Show times at Fell's Point Corner, 251 S. Ann St., are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 10. Tickets are $20. Call 410-276-7837 or go to fpct.org.


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