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ART

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Maps ranging from the ancient to the imaginary are on display starting Sunday, when the Walters Art Museum exhibit Maps: Finding Our Place in the World opens. Some of the maps' creators include explorers such as Charles Lindbergh and Lewis and Clark, as well as such unlikely cartographers as da Vinci and Thomas Jefferson.

The maps are not all constrained to the physical realm. A 1982 map of ARPANET diagrams the 88 computers that were the start of the Internet. More abstract items include a globe of the Hindu cosmology and a map of the fictional Minas Tirith created by J.R.R. Tolkien.

This traveling exhibit is part of the Baltimore Festival of Maps, a program by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance that urges Baltimore residents to visit local cultural and educational centers.

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The museum hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays. "Maps: Finding Our Place in the World" runs Sunday through June 8. Tickets are $6-$12. Admission is free for people 17 and younger and Walters members. The Walters Art Museum is at 600 N. Charles St. Call 410-547-9000 or go to thewalters.org. The Baltimore Festival of Maps includes events at 35 institutions, running Sunday through June 30. Go to baltimorefestivalofmaps.com for more information.

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THEATER

LIGHT TOUCH TO 'NIGHT'

Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler collaborated on the grim Sweeney Todd, but theirs is a decidedly comic take in the operetta A Little Night Music. Center Stage's production of the show, which was inspired by Ingmar Bergman's film Smiles of a Summer Night and tells the story of Fredrik Egerman as he waltzes his way through mismatched love, opens today. Created in 1973, the show won three Tony Awards, including best musical. Mark Lamos, Broadway director and Tony nominee, directs Center Stage's production.

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The first performance is at 8 p.m. today, with shows continuing through April 13. Tickets are $10-$65. Center Stage is at 700 N. Calvert St. Call 410-332-0033 or go to centerstage.org.

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FAMILY

THE WORLD OF 'FLAT'

The globe-hopping Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley makes a stop in Baltimore for performances today and tomorrow. Based on the 1964 children's book by Jeff Brown, the musical tells the story of Stanley Lambchop who, after an accident with a bulletin board, becomes Flat Stanley. By mailing himself around the world, Flat Stanley makes the best of his situation. Flat Stanley's increasing popularity comes from a campaign that encourages students to mail their own Flat Stanley to pen pals around the world. The performance follows Flat Stanley as he fights crime in Paris, surfs in Hawaii and has a chat with the Declaration of Independence.

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Performances are at 6:30 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Hippodrome Theatre. Tickets are $15-$25. The Hippodrome Theatre is at 12 N. Eutaw St. Call 410-752-7444 or go to france-merrickpac.com.

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