The Big Three

April 03, 2008|By NICHOLAS TESTA

FIGURE SKATING

BLADES OF GLORY

Welcome in the spring with a little ice. Produced by Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton, Smucker's Stars on Ice stops at the 1st Mariner Arena today. This event stars Olympian Sasha Cohen and more than a dozen other national and world champions, including Marylander Kimmie Meissner and Evan Lysacek. A portion of the ticket sales benefits Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

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The show is at 7 tonight. Tickets are $23-$108. The arena is at 201 W. Baltimore St. Call 410-547-7328 or go to starsonice.com.

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FESTIVAL

HOT TIME AHEAD

On Saturday, the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival will celebrate America's unique liquor and food. More than 60 beers, 40 bourbons and five barbecue stands will be available for tasting. Throughout the day, there will be tasting classes, musical performances, kids' activities and more. A portion of ticket sales benefits Sister Slippers, a charity that provides shoes to children in need.

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The festival is 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds' 4-H building. Tickets are $15-$40. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. Donate a new pair of shoes to Sister Slippers for $2 off admission. The fairgrounds are at 2200 York Road, Timonium. Call 800-830-3976 or go to beerandbourbon.com.

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CONCERT

HARMONIOUS DUO

Scottish composer James MacMillan and English pianist Rolf Hind join talents for "The British Isles." MacMillan conducts two of his own Scottish-influenced pieces and Beethoven's Symphony No. 2, accompanied by Hind on piano. The performance is part of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Year of the Composer.

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Performances are 8 p.m. today at the Music Center at Strathmore , and 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Tickets are $18-$84. The Strathmore is at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. The Meyerhoff is at 1212 Cathedral St. Call 410-783-8000 or go to bsomusic.org

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