LUGE IS HUGE
Armchair winter sports fans can get into the action at Liberty Mountain this weekend with the Verizon Luge Challenge. Would-be lugers (ages 10 and older) will learn luge basics and make practice runs before racing on a simulated track. Scouts may even pick out talented participants to attend screening camps at USA Luge training facilities.
The event will be Saturday and Sunday at Liberty Mountain, 78 Country Club Trail, Carroll Valley, Pa. Registration will be 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. both days with practice runs 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and races at 1 p.m. Call 717-642-8282 or go to skiliberty.com / vluge.htm.
A CLOWN'S LIFE
How does a clown with no identity, home or language make a place in the world? Towson University MFA candidate Stephanie Shade explores that question in her solo performance "Clown With Ladder (A Still Life)." Her answer? "Create a language, discover an identify, find your way home." This is an MFA Theatre Thesis Performance for Shade, who also performs with chamber-reading projects and as a classical singer.
Shade performs nightly at 8 today through Saturday at the Dreyer MFA Lab, Center for the Arts, Towson University, at the corner of Osler and Cross Campus drives. The production is not recommended for young children. Call 410-704-2787.
WHAT / / The Baltimore Area Numismatic Coalition's semiannual coin show
WHEN / / 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
WHERE / / Holiday Inn, 1100 Cromwell Bridge Road, Towson
WHY / / Because hard-to-find coins will be on display and for sale, and you just might find a rare treasure.
CONTACT / / 410-284-8382 or 410-265-6462
'ON THE WIRE'
Fans of HBO's The Wire can hear its creator speak Tuesday at Loyola College. David Simon, formerly of The Sun, presents "On the Wire: An Evening With David Simon" as part of the college's 2007 Humanities Symposium, "Urban Spaces, Urban Voices." The public can join Loyola students and faculty in comparing Simon's vision on urban issues with Jane Jacobs' urban planning book The Death and Life of Great American Cities.
The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Loyola College's McGuire Hall, 4501 N. Charles St. Call 410-617-2617 or go to loyola.edu / symposium
WHAT / / Classical guitar concert featuring Chris Anderson
WHEN / / 3 p.m. Sunday
WHERE / / First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3807 N. Charles St.
WHY / / Because Anderson, who has studied with guitarists Franco Platino and Ana Vidovic, will perform pieces by Bach, Villa-Lobos and Granados, among others.
CONTACT / / 410-235-2356 or ander sonsguitar.com
INSIDE BALTIMORE HOSTEL
The Baltimore Hostel is still closed to travelers, but you can sneak a peek at tonight's First Thursday Open House. Friends of Baltimore Hostel want the public to see their renovations, so they're offering brief tours of the historic 1857 mansion. Guitarist and ukulele player Victoria Vox joins the band Gretchen and Joe to entertain guests, and works by artist Tommy Brown will be on display.
The Baltimore Hostel's First Thursday Open House runs 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. today at 17 W. Mulberry St. Music begins at 7 p.m. Call 410-576-8880 or go to baltimorehostel.org and myspace.com / victoriavox.