Ping-Pong players of various ages will be competing at the Maryland Circuit Table Tennis Tournament on Saturday and Sunday. The event, to be held at the Carrolltown Center, will feature singles and doubles games from novice to advanced levels. This competition is hosted by the Maryland Table Tennis Association.
The games start at 9 a.m. both days and will take place next to the Kmart, in a former retail store. Carrolltown Center is at 6400 Ridge Road, Eldersburg. Spectators are admitted free. A fee is required to play in the tournament. Deadline for entries is tomorrow. For more information, call 410-579-8462.
WHAT / / Baltimore Playwrights Festival readings
WHEN / / 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE / / Fells Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St.
WHY / / Because you can see readings of three new plays -- Finding Fossils by Ty de Martino at 11 a.m., Five Short Plays by Michael Cookson at 1 p.m. and The Ape on the Church Steps by JM Dinson at 3 p.m.
CONTACT / / 410-276-2153
TAKE TO THE SEAS
Find some post-holiday entertainment at the Calvert Marine Museum tomorrow, when it kicks off this year's First Free Friday program, which allows the public to enjoy the museum gratis on the first Friday of each month. The film Around Cape Horn, which documents Capt. Irving Johnson's 1929 voyage, will be shown and accompanied by live entertainment. The presentation will be followed by a concert of songs, poems and stories by Bob Zentz.
Admission to the museum is free 5 p.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow. The documentary will be shown at 7:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 8 p.m. The museum is at 14150 Solomons Island Road, Solomons. 410-326-2042 or calvert marinemuseum.com.
WHAT / / Sample classes for kids, young adults and families at Imagination Stage
WHEN / / 6 p.m.-8 p.m. today for "Teen Open House" for families with young adults grades 6-12; 10 a.m.-noon Saturday for "Just Imagine Sampler" for families with children ages 12-36 months
WHERE / / Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda
WHY / / Because children and families can test-drive drama, dance, film, musical theater and Early Childhood classes. Also, view presentations by The Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sanchez at the teen event and Arianna Ross at the "Just Imagine" event. (Admission to the Ross presentation is $5-$6.)
CONTACT / / 301-961-6060
ART AND MIND
Check out some socially conscious artwork while getting your caffeine fix at Peace and a Cup of Joe. The cafe is hosting RED, an exhibit of original artwork by local artists that focuses on the struggle with the HIV / AIDS epidemic in the United States and around the world.
A portion of the proceeds from artwork sales will benefit Care's I Am Powerful Campaign and HIV / AIDS Program and the Institute for Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
The exhibit runs through Jan. 11. The works can be viewed 7 a.m.-4 p.m. today, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, and 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Jan. 11. The coffee shop is at 713 W. Pratt St. For more information, call 443-869-4515.
Listen to some Bach and learn about his musical language and the meaning behind his lyrics Sunday at Christ Lutheran Church. The Bach Concert Series, directed by T. Herbert Dimmock, will perform Bach Cantata 22, with a choir, an orchestra and soloists.
The performance will begin with an illustrated lecture exploring Bach's musical language. The concert will also feature a performance by organist Michael Britt.
The concert starts at 4 p.m. The church is at 701 S. Charles St., Baltimore. For more information, call 410-752-7179.