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It's not easy being red, either. Kevin Clash should know. He's been the man behind the Sesame Street puppet Elmo for about two decades. The Baltimore native will discuss his autobiography, My Life as a Furry Red Monster, this weekend at the Catonsville Library. Clash will autograph copies of the book, which tells the tale of his life as a puppeteer, performer and producer. Elmo will also be on hand to set the record straight.


Clash's talk begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Catonsville Library branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 1100 Frederick Road, Catonsville. Call 410-887-0851 or go to



Cartoonist Bill Griffith's "Zippy the Pinhead" character is as relevant today it was as during the 1960s underground-comics movement. Griffith modeled Zippy, a microcephalic clown, after the "pinheads" in Tod Browning's 1932 film Freaks and sees Zippy's scrambled attention span as "a metaphor for the way we get our doses of reality these days." Griffith lectures today at the Johns Hopkins University on his 38 years in the underground-comics scene and on his art, which has appeared in National Lampoon and The New Yorker.


Griffith's presentation begins at 5:30 p.m. today in Room 101 of the F. Ross Jones Building, Mattin Center, the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles St. He will sign books at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Atomic Books, 1100 W. 36th St., Hampden. Call 410-516-6705 or go to / artwork.



Make a brief trip to a bygone era at the annual Annapolis Cup croquet match between St. John's College and the U.S. Naval Academy this weekend. Spectators often dress in period clothes hailing back to 1920s lawn parties. You can cut a rug to a swing tune courtesy of the Naval Academy's Trident Brass Band and join the locals in rooting for the St. John "Johnnies" or the Naval Academy "Mids." This 25th annual match pits the creatively uniformed liberal arts students of St. John's against the professional, white-clad Mids in a game of skill and strategy. St. John's has taken the cup for 20 of the past 25 years, but Navy is determined to pull off an upset.


The match begins at 1 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of St. John's College, 60 College Ave., Annapolis. Go to



WHAT / / Mount Washington Village Second Annual Flower and Garden Show WHEN / / 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE / / Baltimore Clayworks, 5700 Smith Ave.

WHY / / Because you can get tips from the Greater Baltimore Master Gardeners, buy beautiful and useful plants and pottery and enjoy a day in Mount Washington Village. CONTACT / / Call 410-561-0065.



WHAT / / Appraisal day and craft fair at the Star-Spangled Banner Museum WHEN / / 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE / / The Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum, 844 E. Pratt St.

WHY / / Because you can see the works of Maryland craftspeople and enjoy refreshments in the Flag House garden. (There is a fee to have items appraised by regional antiques experts.)

CONTACT / / Call 410-837-1793 or go to



Hear the latest on modern literature and the writing life from those who live it at this weekend's Bethesda Literary Festival. Local and national authors and journalists will share stories and lead discussions. Comedians and poets will entertain with standup performances and poetry slams. Writing contests and a children's book party round out the festival. Featured guests include radio personality Bob Edwards, ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts and Washington Post columnist Carolyn Hax.


Events run tomorrow through Sunday in locations across downtown Bethesda. Call 301-215-6660 or go to bethesda .org.


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