Free arts festivals will be held today in Bel Air and Washington.
The 26th annual Bel Air Festival of the Arts will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. behind the Town Hall on Hickory Avenue. The city-sponsored event will feature 350 artists and craftspeople as well as children's activities and food booths. There will also be continuous live entertainment, ranging from the Dixieland jazz of the Bay City Seven to the bluegrass sound of Friendly Fire.
Festival-goers can park for free at the city's downtown garage and free shuttle buses will provide transportation from the Harford Mall. For more information, call (301) 836-2395 or (301) 879-5314.
In Washington, the seventh annual Kennedy Center Open House Arts Festival will be held from noon to 6 p.m. The event features dance, music, theater and children's workshops and activities.
Among those scheduled to perform are the folk group the Hard Travelers, classical pianist Jenny C. C. Lin and African dancer Paul Kengmo. Also slated are the reggae group Mama Jama, children's singer Barry Louis Polisar and the German brass band Die Alte Kameraden. For more information, call (202) 467-4600.
'Maryland on Screen'
"Maryland on Screen," a free one-day fair on the film and video industry geared to high school and college students, will be held Saturday at Western Maryland College.
Sponsored by the Maryland Film Commission, the event will include forums on how to get started in the business, funding a production and new technological developments.
Jay Schlossberg-Cohen, director of the commission, is scheduled to speak at the fair, along with representatives of cable television's Discovery Channel, WMAR-TV news and J.C.A. Film Partners, a company of recent Towson State University graduates that is currently in post-production on its first film, "Permanent Damage."
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the college's McDaniel Lounge and the fair begins at 9:45 a.m. For more information, call 333-6632.
Thai art seminar
A seminar on Thai art will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Walters Art Gallery. The museum's curator of Asian art will offer a slide lecture on distinctive characteristics of Thai art. Mattiebelle Gittinger, a research associate with the Textile Museum in Washington, will speak on Thai textiles used in secular and religious dress.
Admission is $8; $6 for Walters' members, students and seniors.
For more information, call 547-9000, Ext. 237.
Hopkins music groups
The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions' Chamber Orchestra and Choral Society are looking for musicians and vocalists. Auditions are not required, except for those interested in performing as soloists. For more information, call 955-3363.
Also looking for musicians is the Baltimore Symphonic Band, in residence at Essex Community College. For more information, call 522-1421.
The following auditions are coming up:
*The Kinetics Dance Theatre, next Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City. Call 461-9907.
*Goucher College Dance Department, Sept. 26 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lilian Welsh Hall, for a ballet by artist-in-residence John Clifford. Call 337-6390.
*The Covered Bridge Theatre, Oct. 7 and 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Elkton Center Theatre, 105 Railroad Ave., Elkton, for "A Christmas Carol: Scrooge and Marley." Call (301) 392-3780 or (301) 287-1037.