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Three-ring fun

The 132nd edition of the Greatest Show on Earth opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Highlights of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey three-ring circus include performances by Sara, the Tiger Whisperer; David Larible, the Prince of Laughter; and T.M., the Gator Guy (a West Baltimore native). In all, there'll be more than 200 human and animal performers. The circus remains in town through March 23. Show times and ticket prices vary. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Hamlisch leads BSO

Award-winning composer and former Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Pops conductor Marvin Hamlisch returns to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall to wave the baton at four concerts of hit Broadway music, today through Sunday. Joining Hamlisch and the BSO will be Broadway star J. Mark McVey, best known for his role as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. Song selections include ballads from Hamlisch's The Way We Were, A Chorus Line and The Sweet Smell of Success. Show times are 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $28-$80. The Meyerhoff is at 1212 Cathedral St. Call 410-783-8000.

Chamber Jazz Society concert

The Chamber Jazz Society of Baltimore continues its 12th season with a concert featuring the Stefon Harris and Jacky Terrason Quartet at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Harris, left, who plays the marimba and vibes, and Terrason, a pianist, began playing together in 1999 and released their first album, Kindred, in 2001. Rounding out the quartet are Sean Conly on bass and Kim Thompson on drums. Tickets are $10-$25. Call 410-385-5888. (For a review of Harris' new CD, turn to Page 12.)

Cat show at the armory

If cozying up to hundreds of cats is your idea of a good time, head to the Fifth Regiment Armory Saturday and Sunday for the Crab & Mallet Club's annual cat show. More than 300 purebred felines are expected to compete. In addition, vendors will be selling lots of kitty-related items, and shelters and humane societies will be offering cats for adoption. The armory is on 29th Division Street, near the corner of Howard and Preston streets. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Tickets are $6 general admission and $3 for seniors and children ages 3-12. Call 410-744-8358.

Making music your way

So, you want to get into the music business? You play a mean acoustic guitar, if you do say so yourself. And all your friends keep telling you how good your singing voice is. For some help in breaking into the business on your own, check out the Baltimore Songwriters Association's free seminar titled "Taking the Independent Road to Success in the Music Industry." It takes place from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Wheeler Auditorium of the Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. The keynote speaker is Peter Spellman (pictured), director of career development at the Berklee College of Music, director of Music Business Solutions, a consulting firm, and author of several books aimed at independent musicians. Call 410-396-5490.

'The Vagina Monologues'

Laugh yourself silly, raise your consciousness and help a charity at the same time. A group of notable local women will present a reading of Eve Ensler's award-winning play The Vagina Monologues tonight at 8 at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. Pictured are J. Wynn Rousuck, Kelli Danaker, Catherine Pugh, Elaine Beardsley (director) and Neke. Also performing are Sade Baderinwa, Trezana Beverley, Sloane Brown, Donna Hamilton, Mary Anne Perry and Tina Turk. The evening also includes a silent auction. Tickets are $40 (show and auction) and $100 (show, auction and 7 p.m. cocktail reception). The event benefits the House of Ruth Maryland, a shelter for battered women. Call 410-472-4557.

Bill Cosby at the Lyric

At the Lyric Opera House on Saturday, veteran comedian Bill Cosby will hold forth on the little things in life that can elicit a big chuckle. Among his favorite topics are men, women, parents, children and the ordinary situations we find ourselves in every day. Show times are 3 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $45-$55. The Lyric is at 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Call 410-481-SEAT.

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