Joel Virgel's CD Amour Amer is his first as a solo artist, after playing drums and singing background vocals for more than a decade. So he's still adjusting to the spotlight. page 23
A performance of Vagina Monologues -- written by Eve Ensler -- is headed to a stage near you as colleges and theater groups plan VDay events. page 15
Salisbury draws visitors with its zoo, turning 50 this year, and the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art. page 20
PICK OF THE WEEK
What: "The Curtain Is Up: Community Open House," a guided behind-the-scene tour of the Hippodrome Theatre
When: Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where: The Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St.
Why: Because now is your chance to see the renovated Hippodrome Theatre without paying to see The Producers.
Admission: Free and first come, first served.
-- Greg Romano
New Federal Hill restaurant Mad River -- named for Vermont's Mad River Valley -- has an adventurous look and a wide selection of bar-food standards. page 16
Millions of viewers were drawn in to the 1980s miniseries The Thorn Birds, and Warner Home Video hopes viewers liked it so much they'll want to buy it on disc. page 12