Aquarium plans a four-day party for 10th birthday
On Aug. 8, 1981, the future of the MX missile was a hot topic in Congress; workmen were putting the finishing touches on White Marsh Mall; and Cal Ripken Jr. was being called up from Rochester to finish out the baseball season with the Baltimore Orioles.
And the National Aquarium in Baltimore opened its doors to the public.
This week -- one decade, 14 million visitors and a Marine Mammal Pavilion later -- the aquarium will stage a four-day 10th anniversary celebration.
The festivities will begin Thursday with the annual dollar day of discounted admissions, with extended hours from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Several area bands will perform in a free concert outside the facility.
Activities Friday and Saturday will include a performance by a mime and comedy troupe and as well as hands-on conservation games.
Next Sunday will feature a daylong "Salute to Water," including windsurfing, sculling races and a sailboat regatta. New Age musician Paul Winter, who uses nature sounds in his performances and recordings and who appeared at the aquarium's opening 10 years ago, will give a free concert beginning at 6 p.m.
The aquarium is open Mondays to Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $11.50 for adults, $8.75 for students and seniors, $6.75 for children aged 3-11; free for children under 3. For more information, call 576-3810.
Films at the BMA
A four-film series, "10 Years of Japanese Fantasy Animation," will be held this week and next by the Baltimore Film Forum at the Baltimore Museum of Art's Meyerhoff Theatre.
The series begins Thursday with "Castle of Cagliostro," a full-length film by Hayao Miyazaki, who has been described as Japan's "most famous animator." That will be followed by "Lensman," a 1984 computer-animated tale of outer space.
On Aug. 15, the dark satire "Twilight of the Cockroaches" will be screened, followed by "Akira," a futuristic fantasy set in post-World War III Tokyo.
All screenings begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $5; $4 for seniors, students and BFF and BMA members. For more information, call 889-1993.
At the BMA on Wednesday at 7 p.m. is "Blood in the Face," a documentary on the white supremacist movement, sponsored by the Baltimore Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12.50 at the door, $8 for students, with proceeds to benefit the local NAACP branch. For information, call 366-3300.