ARTS:Some 400 masters and other...

WORLD-CLASS MARTIAL

August 20, 1993|By Karen Zeiler

WORLD-CLASS MARTIAL ARTS:

Some 400 masters and other competitors from a dozen countries will spin-kick and dragon-punch their way through the 1993 North American Chinese Martial Arts Federation Tournament tomorrow and Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Teams from Russia, Poland, Mongolia, Estonia, Greece, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and India are booked.

Demonstrations of kung fu, wushu (an explosive form that involves acrobatics), and tai chi (a slower, more relaxed form) are on the agenda. On Sunday, teams of two will don lion costumes for a traditional lion-dancing competition. Other events include: sparring contests and full-contact routines, fights with staffs, spears or swords.

The 1993 U.S. national team , which will compete in the second World Wushu Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in November, will be selected here this weekend, as well. Each day's activities start at 9 a.m. Admission: $25 for the weekend, or $10 per session, morning and evening. Children under 12 half price. Information: 444-6666. Dine on homemade schnitzel and a side dish of sauerkraut at the 93rd annual German festival at Carroll Park, which admittedly is southwest of the Inner Harbor, but (if you look carefully) still has a surprising water view.

The festival at Washington Boulevard and Bush Street will have plenty of beer, oompah music and people in traditional German garb. Admission is free until 5 p.m. today. Saturday and Sunday, admission for adults will be $2, with children under 12 free. Hours: noon to 10 p.m. all three days. Information: 366-8905.

CELESTIAL SHOW:

Watch Mars rise against a backdrop of 8,500 stars on a 50-foot diameter domed screen at the Maryland Science Center's Davis Planetarium. "The Mysteries of Mars" explores the Red Planet, including the chance of colonization and the source of its crimson hue. The 27-minute show runs through Nov. 14 and is included in the admission price ($8.50 for adults, $6.50 for children 4 to 17, seniors and military). Times, other information: 685-5225.

MUSICAL JAMBOREE:

Mama Jama -- a six-member combo that plays Caribbean, New Orleans and African rhythms -- is the featured act at 5:30 p.m. today in the free Coors Cutter Concert Series at the $H Harborplace Amphitheater. More free music, same place: 4 p.m. Sunday when Harborplace and The Gallery host the U.S. Navy Commodores in the All-American Concert Series. The Commodores, who combine a mixture of jazz and popular music, have performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Stanley Turrentine and Eddie Daniels. Information: 332-4191.

PARTY FOR A CAUSE:

Two summer traditions -- baseball and a barbecue -- come together on Wednesday when the Orioles take on the California Angels at 7:30 p.m. Gear up for the game by attending a bull pen party complete with hot dogs and hamburgers. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. with proceeds benefiting the Group for the Independent Learning Disabled. The cost is $25. For tickets, call 321-6111.

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