The Big Threee

THE BIG THREE

September 20, 2007|By AARON CHESTER

Over the wall

FAMILY

Get into the competitive spirit by celebrating the Columbia Classic Grand Prix's 20th anniversary Sunday. The Howard Community College fundraiser features Olympic veteran equestrians competing. Family entertainment includes exhibitions, food, children's activities, pony rides and shopping. A raffle will be held with a grand prize of a 2008 Mercedes-Benz sport-utility vehicle or a roadster. Other prizes include certificates for 20 local restaurants, tickets for sporting events, a golf and spa resort package, 20 car washes, theater season subscriptions, Disney ice show tickets and a laser printer. Earnings benefit the HCC Educational Foundation.

Gates open at 10 a.m. at the Howard Community College Campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Tickets are $8 for lawn seating, $15 for grandstand seating, $100 for tailgate space and $200 for tent seats. Those younger than 8 are admitted free for lawn seating, or pay $5 for grandstand seating. Raffle tickets are $100, or three for $250. Call 410-772-4450 or go to www.howardcc.edu/grandprix.

Arsenic `Old Lace' at Center Stage

theater

Center Stage kicks off its 45th season with its first production of Arsenic & Old Lace. Joseph Kesselring's dark comedy is directed by veteran Irene Lewis and features a 12-person cast. Pamela Payton-Wright - an Obie, Clarence Derwent, and Drama Desk Award winner - leads the cast alongside Tana Hicken, a two-time Helen Hayes Award winner. This American comedy premiered on Broadway in 1941 and was the origin of Frank Capra's 1944 film, which tells the story of the dysfunctional Brewster family. On Mortimer Brewster's wedding day, he must face two aunts with a deadly recipe for wine, a brother who thinks he is digging the Panama Canal in the basement, and another brother who is a psychopath.

"Arsenic & Old Lace" is in the Pearlstone Theater at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., through Oct. 14. The play starts at 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. There is a 2 p.m. matinee Saturdays and Sundays, and a 1 p.m. matinee Oct. 3. There will be no matinee Sept. 29 and the show starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 11. Tickets are $10-$60. Call 410-332-0033 or go to centerstage.org.

Personal stories

STORYTELLING

On Monday, check out a past-meets-present storytelling experience. True to the Stoop Storytelling Series' form, the show will feature seven storytellers speaking for seven minutes each about their personal experiences under the same theme. This show, Corpus: Stories about the Body, will feature all Baltimore natives, including a forensic scientist and former city crime scene investigator, a professional boxer, a wrongfully convicted murderer, a mother who is a writer and serial surgery patient, a Mercedes-Benz salesman, a pin-up model photographer and a City Paper homicide beat writer. Before the show, there will be cocktails and live music by the Stoop House Band and Caleb Stine and the Brakemen.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Monday for cocktails and music, and the show starts at 8 p.m. at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 410-332-0033 or go to stoopstorytelling.com.

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