The Big Three

October 04, 2007|By [ANDREA GROSSMAN]

CRAFTS

SUGARLOAF RETURNS

Catch the 31st annual Sugarloaf Craft Festival at the Maryland State Fairgrounds tomorrow through Sunday. The festival will feature more than 350 artists with specialties from jewelry to clothing to pottery. Attendees can also watch craft demonstrations, including glassblowing, iron forging, wool spinning and metal spinning. There will be daily performances from Middle-earth Studios, a children's dress-up theater show; food from various vendors; and an area for purchasing prepackaged food such as soup and jams.

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The festival is at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 and good for all three days of the show. Children 12 and younger get in free. Call 800-210-9900 or go to sugarloafcrafts.com.

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[ANDREA GROSSMAN]

MUSIC

GRAND OPERA

When it comes to sweeping drama and intensely expressive melodies, it's hard to beat Giuseppe Verdi's grand opera, La forza del destino (The Force of Destiny). There is an almost-Shakespearean quantity of incidents and twists in the plot, which involves a doomed love affair, vengeance and repentance. The score contains some of Verdi's best-loved music, including the rousing overture and the exquisite soprano aria, Pace, pace mio Dio.

To launch its 2007-2008 season, the Baltimore Opera Company will offer a new production of Forza with scenic design by Paolo Micciche, noted for his imaginative use of projections. The cast includes Giovanna Casolla as Leonora and Antonello Palombi as Alvaro (he brought down the house in Puccini's Tosca last season). Christian Badea conducts.

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"La forza del destino" will be performed at 8:15 p.m. Saturday and Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Lyric Opera House, 110 W. Mount Royal Ave. Tickets are $46-$132. Call 410-727-6000 or go to baltimoreopera.com.

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[TIM SMITH]

ART

MASTER WORKS

See the artworks of 11 French masters, including Monet, Degas and Cezanne, when the traveling ticketed exhibition, Deja vu? Revealing Repetition in French Masterpieces, comes to the Walters Art Museum. The exhibit opens Sunday and includes 76 paintings, prints, photographs and drawings from the 19th and early 20th century. The exhibit, which examines how artists influenced one another, will also feature a computer-generated version of Monet's Grainstacks and three versions of Ingres' Oedipus and the Sphinx.

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The exhibit runs Sunday through Jan. 1 at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Tickets are available at ticketmaster .com or through the museum at 410-547-9000, ext. 265. Admission is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students / young adults (ages 18-25) and free for members and those younger than 17.

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[ANDREA GROSSMAN]

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