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Hot Rod Monster Jam

Big, bad monster trucks invade the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Defying gravity, these motorized metal warriors, including the Grave Digger, Black Stallion, Bulldozer and Sudden Impact, will crunch everything in sight. Tickets for the U.S. Hot Rod Monster Jam's 20th anniversary show are $5 to $20. Be prepared to pay $2 more the day of the show. Call 410-481-SEAT.

'Proof' at the Mechanic

When the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof opens at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre Tuesday, the audience will meet Catherine, an enigmatic young woman who faces the challenges of having a genius father, a manipulative sister, an unexpected suitor and a mysterious mathematical proof to ponder. The play continues through March 3. Pictured at right are Chelsea Altman as Catherine and Robert Foxworth as her father. The Mechanic Theatre is at 25 Hopkins Plaza. Times vary. Tickets are $17.50 to $60. Call 410-752-1200.

Hunt Valley Antiques Show

Browse among period American and English furniture, decorative and fine arts, and collectibles at the Hunt Valley Antiques Show, tomorrow through Sunday at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, on Shawan Road off I-83. The 32nd annual event also features lectures, a loan exhibition of miniatures from the Baltimore Museum of Art, and dealer talks. Proceeds benefit Family and Children's Services of Central Maryland. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12. Call 410-961-5121.


Eighteenth-century sea captain Edward Alexander Thorne, portrayed by Cliff Long, will provide an insider's glimpse into the physical, emotional and spiritual benefits of the "liquor conviviality" at 7 p.m. today at Brice House, 42 East St. in Annapolis. As part of the Historic Annapolis Foundation's Third Thursday program, "Rum Running in Colonial America" will trace the history of rum from its birth in the West Indies in the 1600s through its rising popularity in 18th- and 19th-century America. After a discussion, Captain Thorne will invite guests to join him at a reception featuring a sampling of rums, rum punches and food with a Caribbean flair. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Reservations required. Call 410-267-7619.

Latin beat at Gordon Center

Groove to a Latin beat with Viva Quetzal at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills. Playing an eclectic mix of nearly 40 ancient and modern instruments, the group of Chilean, Peruvian and North American musicians will perform traditional, folkloric and popular Latin music fused with rock and jazz tunes. Tickets are $17. Call 410-356-SHOW.

'Evening in the Stacks'

Spend an "Evening in the Stacks" with area authors and poets, business and civic leaders, and local government officials from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday at East Columbia Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way in Columbia. The fifth annual event features readings, discussions, music by the swing band Blue Sky 5 and food. Among the authors and poets scheduled to participate are Melvin Goodman, Allegra Bennett, John Eisenberg, Donna Andrews, Chris Conlon and Barbara DeCesare (pictured). Proceeds benefit Howard County Library and the Maryland Center for the Book. Tickets are $50. Call 410-313-7750.

'The Winter's Tale'

Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., continues its 39th season with a production Wednesday through March 31 of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, a masterpiece about the price of jealousy and the power of love. The play, which centers on a rash king, a wronged wife and a long-lost daughter, is directed by Irene Lewis. Most performances are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays (no matinee this Sunday). Tickets are $10 to $53. Call 410-332-0033.

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