Steeplechasing at Shawan Downs

Equestrian lovers, saddle up and make your way to Shawan Downs for the second annual Legacy Chase on Saturday. The horse race is the highlight of a day of steeplechase races on the 300-acre former farm, situated between Interstate 83 and Falls Road in Hunt Valley. Gates open at 10 a.m., opening ceremonies are at noon, and the first race is 1 p.m. Ticket prices begin at $50. Call 410-666-3676 or visit

Police Plane Pull

It's not your father's tug-of-war game. Oh no, this competition features teams of up to 25 people trying to pull a 72-ton plane 12 feet (to benefit Special Olympics Maryland). The teams have paid up to $1,000 to enter the MdTA Police Plane Pull, but you can watch the event for free this Saturday. The time is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the location is the Mid-Field Cargo Complex at Baltimore-Washington International Airport in Linthicum. In addition to plane-pulling, there'll be aircraft displays, fire-department demonstrations, antique cars, live music and kids' activities. Call 410-290-7611.

Homewood House turns 200

Bob Vila, eat your heart out. Maryland television viewers who have become addicted to This Old House can see the real thing on Saturday during the daylong 200th-birthday celebration of Homewood House, 3400 N. Charles Ave. Such traditional trades as brick-making, plaster-making and paint-making will be demonstrated at the free event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For a small fee, children ages 10 and older can be apprenticed to a master craftsman for 30 minutes. An exhibit called Building Homewood: Vision for a Villa will run through Dec. 29. Admission after opening day is $6; $5 for senior citizens and $3 for students. Regular hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Call 410-516-8639 or visit / historichouses.

Sesame Street at arena

Traveling all over the world is as easy as 1-2-3, the Sesame Street gang learns in its newest stage show. Sesame Street Live's 1-2-3-Imagine! is a 90-minute musical that teaches the furry creatures -- and audience members -- about other languages and cultures, and the power of imagination. The show is at the Baltimore Arena (201 W. Baltimore St.) today through Sunday. Hours vary. Tickets are $11-$20. Call 410-481-SEAT.

'The Jackie Wilson Story'

In the 1950s, Jackie Wilson set the standard for flamboyantly physical singers -- and influenced such diverse stars as Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson. Like so many musicians, this visceral performer led a tumultuous life, characterized by three failed marriages, alcohol abuse and pressure from the mob. You can learn all about it when the acclaimed production of The Jackie Wilson Story (My Heart Is Crying Crying) comes to the Lyric Opera House this weekend for five performances. Show times at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., are 8 p.m. tomorrow, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $17.50-$32.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

'42nd Street' at the Mechanic'

42nd Street opens the "Broadway in Baltimore" series at the Mechanic Theatre Tuesday. The Tony Award-winning musical, which tells the story of a dancer's rise to Broadway stardom, continues through Oct. 6. Show times vary. Tickets are $27.50-$70. The Mechanic is located at 25 Hopkins Plaza. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Bluegrass at the Gordon Center

It's a whole new season at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills. Starting things off is a performance by bluegrass singer-guitarists Peter Rowan (pictured) and Tony Rice. Rowan has played with a variety of bands for four decades. Rice is known for his innovations with the flat-picked guitar. Their show is tonight at 8. Tickets are $22. Call 410-356-7469.

Eric Alexander at BMA

The Chamber Jazz Society of Baltimore's first gig of the 2002-2003 season is a performance Sunday by the Eric Alexander Quartet, with guitarist Pat Martino. Alexander, an acclaimed tenor saxophonist, is a favorite with Baltimore jazz fans. The concert begins at 5 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Tickets are $10-$25. Call 410-385-5888.

Peabody performs Nielsen

The Peabody Symphony Orchestra opens its 2002-2003 season Saturday with a performance of Nielsen's Flute Concerto, featuring prize-winning flutist (and Peabody faculty member) Marina Piccinini (pictured) as soloist. Also on the program are Michael Torke's "Bright Blue" and Hindemith's Symphony in E flat. Hajime Teri Murai conducts. The concert takes place at Friedberg Hall, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $5-$16. Call 410-659-8100, Ext. 2.

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