CRAFTY BUYSOriental, American Indian and African motifs...


February 26, 1993|By Karen Zeiler


Oriental, American Indian and African motifs will abound at the popular, annual American Craft Council Craft Fair, opening today at the Baltimore Convention Center and Festival Hall. More than 600 artists and designers will be selling ceramic and wood sculpture, clothes, furniture, toys and dolls.

The fair is the first major event of the Year of American Craft -- a nationwide theme signed into law on Dec. 21 by then-President Bush. Hours today: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tomorrow: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $6; children under 12 admitted free. Information: 962-1122. Among the Lowest Dogs, the Revenge of the Carpetbaggers, Bonin the USA, and Team Chess Palace will compete tomorrow and Sunday for the 1993 title of U.S. Amateur Chess Team Champion in the Commodore Club at the HarborView Marina and Yacht Club, 1225 Key Highway.

Don't be fooled by the teams' names -- these guys are serious chess players, many with professional careers. A judge, a doctor and an economics professor are among the competitors. The tournament is the culmination of nationwide competition over the past month. Competition begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow with a final match at 10 a.m. Sunday. An awards ceremony is at 3 p.m. Sunday. All free and open to the public. Information: 655-3180.


Go on a safari through the National Aquarium's Tropical Rain Forest. Besides the lizards, toads, frogs and two-toed sloths, be on the lookout for Maggie and Clyde -- two golden lion tamarins. The endangered monkeys, native to coastal Brazil, are the exhibit's newest inhabitants. You can spot them by their long golden manes and pink-gray faces.


In honor of Black History Month, former Negro leagues general manager Dick Powell and Negro league historians John Holloway, Bob Leffler and Dr. Robert Hieronimus will conduct a symposium on the history of the leagues from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St. A slide show, discussion and question-and-answer period are planned. Admission: $4.50 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children 5 to 16. Information: 727-1539.

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