The Big Three

November 15, 2007

Pulling their strings

Experience Mozart like you never have before when the Salzburg Marionettes perform The Magic Flute. The troupe of puppeteers is from the famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre in Austria, and they stand above the stage, controlling near-life-size puppets with a variety of strings as the puppets perform operas, ballets and other interpretive dance. The troupe will also perform a one-hour abbreviated version of Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel.

The Salzburg Marionettes will perform 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday at Shriver Hall, 3400 Charles St. Admission is $19-$39. Tickets and information: Call 410-516-7164 or go to shriverconcerts.org.

BRAD SCHLEICHER

Arthur and friends

Join Arthur the Aardvark and his friends from Elwood City as they explore issues that kids must face in Arthur LIVE! In the musical, D.W. is jealous when her big brother Arthur is visited by the tooth fairy after losing a tooth. After D.W.'s many unsuccessful attempts at tricking the tooth fairy to come, Arthur takes matters into his own hands. Based on the book series by Marc Brown and the PBS television series, the show features a dozen original songs, including "Good and Ready," "The Loose Tooth Wiggle" and "T-Rex Rocks."

"Arthur LIVE!" is at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, Bethesda. Admission is $10-$32. Tickets: Visit the Strathmore ticket office or call 301-581-5100. Information: go to strathmore.org.

BRAD SCHLEICHER

Holiday parade

It isn't quite Macy's, but Baltimore's annual Thanksgiving parade features big balloons, bands and Santa Claus, who arrives from the North Pole in a sleigh pulled by horses. After the parade, children can stop by Santa's Place, near the Inner Harbor amphitheater, to give him their wishes for the year.

The parade is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday and runs along Pratt Street from Howard Street to Market Place. Information: go to bop.org.

LIZ ATWOOD

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