Granted, Opening Day is still months away. But you can get into the swing of baseball things at the 108th anniversary celebration of Babe Ruth's birth. At noon today, toast the Sultan of Swat with birthday cake and champagne at the Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St. Admission to the museum is free from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Festivities continue tonight from 6 to 10 at Big Bats Cafe, 216 St. Claire Place, Kent Island (410-604-1120). There'll be trivia contests, door prizes, drink specials and celebrity bartenders. Proceeds benefit the museum. The bash winds up from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Bambino's Pub in Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St. On tap: baseball fare, a silent auction, music and local celebrities. Admission is $25. Call 410-727-1539.
Shackleton on film
Polar explorer Ernest Shackleton's advertisement for a crew read something like this: "Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful." No wonder it was irresistible. From Saturday through May 4, the Maryland Science Center's Imax Theatre will show Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure, based on the true story of the star-crossed 1914 expedition. The film will be accompanied by an exhibit that includes artifacts from the voyage. The Science Center, at Light Street and Key Highway, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $15.50 general admission, $14.50 for seniors, $10.50 for youngsters aged 3 to 12. Children younger than 3 are admitted free. Call 410-685-5225 or visit www.mdsci.org.
Baltimore Bach Marathon
Perhaps no other musical instrument has a more majestic sound than the organ, and no composer has written more pieces for it than J.S. Bach. From 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday the different moods of the "king of instruments" will be explored during the 27th annual Baltimore Bach Marathon at St. David's Church, 4700 Roland Ave. Fifteen acclaimed organists will play more than 60 works by the 18th-century Baroque master. Concertgoers can come and go throughout the event. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 410-467-0476.
Henry Rollins tour
Hard-core punk rocker turned monologist Henry Rollins brings his "Spoken Word" tour to the Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall Sunday. The former singer with Black Flag and the Rollins Band will discourse on whatever's on his angry-man mind. Iraq, North Korea, J.Lo and Ben Affleck, perhaps? Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the show gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 410-481-SEAT.
For his next trick ...
Sure, it's all smoke and mirrors. That's what makes it fun. Magician David Copperfield -- the illusionist who made the Statue of Liberty "vanish," levitated over the Grand Canyon and walked through the Great Wall of China -- will materialize for five performances this weekend at the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, 25 Hopkins Plaza. Show times are 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday . Tickets are $33-$57. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com.
It's a Chocolate Affair
Chocoholic alert: From 6 to 9 tonight , 40 area restaurateurs and caterers will dish up decadent confections at the 12th annual Chocolate Affair in the north club level lounge at Ravens Stadium, 1101 Russell St. The event, chaired by Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, will include musical entertainment and a silent auction. Proceeds will go to the Center for Poverty Solutions. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door. Call 410-366-0600.
Car shows sure love the Baltimore Convention Center. Two weeks ago, it was the World of Wheels, this week it's the 2003 Motor Trend International Auto Show. The show, running today through Sunday, features hundreds of the latest cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs, as well as several preproduction models, specialty vehicles and concept cars. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4-$9. The Convention Center is located at 1 W. Pratt St. Call 410-649-7000 or visit www.autoshowusa.com.
Hey, motorheads: The Mid-Atlantic International Motorcycle Show will keep your engine revved up tomorrow through Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, York and Timonium and roads in Tirnonium. Harley-Davidsons, Yarnahas, Suzukis, BMWs, AMA racers, ATVs, trail bikes -- ogle all you want. Also, check out riding gear, safety and racing seminars, after-market and accessory products and much more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 (discounts available). Call 410-561-7323 or visit www.cycleshow.net.