Shakespeare's womenSpend the evening with some interesting...


Shakespeare's women

Spend the evening with some interesting women -- Ophelia, Catherine of Aragon, Juliet and Desdemona, to name a few. The women of William Shakespeare's plays were more than just sweet faces -- they were strong characters with hearts, and minds and passions, not to mention a lot of problems. British actress Claire Bloom brings the women of Shakespeare's plays to life with her one-woman show, "Then Let Men Know -- A Portrait of Shakespeare's Women," this Saturday at Johns Hopkins University. Ms. Bloom presents her audience with living, breathing women who struggle with life, love and relationships while trying to hold on to their own identities. Hmmm. Sound like anyone you know?

"Then Let Men Know -- A Portrait of Shakespeare's Women," March 12, 8 p.m., Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall. Tickets are $18 and $17. Call (410) 516-7157.

Monstrous trucks

Tired of art? Bored with the opera? Then check out the raw excitement of watching Monster Trucks with tires big enough to crush a Buick take to the mud pits and race for fabulous prizes. Today is the last day to check out the U.S. Hot Rod/Ford Grand Slam of Motorsports at the Baltimore Arena. Fans of this sport (yes, it is a legitimate sport) will be happy to know that crowd-favorites Bigfoot, Bearfoot and the Equalizer will be on hand for the mud-spraying fun. If you're sitting up front, I suggest you don't wear white.

The U.S. Hot Rod/Ford Grand Slam of Motorsports, today, 2 p.m., the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Tickets are $15, $8 for children 12 and under. Call (410) 481-SEAT.

Every St. Patrick's Day it's the same thing. You wind up in

some crowded bar where nobody is really Irish and get sick from drinking vile, green beer. Whose idea was that, anyway? It sure wasn't St. Patrick's. So, why not celebrate as the Irish really do. Celebrate the culture first and party later. Historian, archaeologist and anthropologist Conrad Jay Bladley will teach a one-day mini-course on Irish culture, music, folklore and history this Friday at Harford Community College. After class, it's off to J. Patrick's Irish Pub in Baltimore's Locust Point neighborhood for corned beef and cabbage, storytelling, music and a serious discussion on beer, wine and whiskey. (The latter will be accompanied by a few drinking games.) Now, that's more like it.

Celebration of Irish Culture class, Friday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Harford Community College in Bel Air. Dinner and other activities, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., J. Patrick's Pub, 1371 Andre St. Registration for the course is $18. Dinner is approximately $8, payable at the pub. Call (410) 836-4000 to register.

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