WEEKEND:If you're looking for fun...

DOWNTOWN, GO THIS

April 08, 1994|By Holton F. Brown and Nathan Pitts

DOWNTOWN, GO THIS WEEKEND:

If you're looking for fun, mostly free stuff to do this weekend -- and lots of it -- downtown is the place to be, all around the Inner Harbor (liberally defined). Here's what's happening:

* A new thing called the Downtown Baltimore Show will offer nearly 100 activities at various sites, including live music, an antiques auction, brewery tours, art exhibits and children's events.

"Dancin' in the Streets" will feature music and dance from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at six sites downtown. Among the performers: the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble at the Washington Monument, big band music at Hopkins Plaza, Caribbean sounds from the Mama Jama band at Harborplace, country and line dancing at Rash Field, Top-40 at Fells Point and Electric Slide at NationsBank Plaza (formerly The Brokerage on Market Place).

Other activities include eight illuminated hot-air balloons hovering over Rash Field from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow, bringing an eerie presence to the harbor.

Check today's Maryland Live section for more details and a schedule.

* And then, at the Baltimore Convention Center, drop by to see the annual Maryland on Display Tour and Travel Showcase today through Sunday.

More than 100 exhibitors representing all facets of Maryland's travel and leisure industry will present a one-stop shop for planning vacation getaways in Maryland. Resorts and other vacation sites from Garrett County to Ocean City will be featured.

The exhibits will be open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. tomorrow, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $4 for adults, with children under 12 admitted free.

REMEMBER:

The Baltimore Jewish Council will sponsor its annual Yom Hashoah Holocaust Day of Remembrance at 2:15 p.m. Sunday at the War Memorial Building, Lexington and Gay streets.

Harvey M. Meyerhoff, chairman emeritus and member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, will be honored. Mr. Meyerhoff led the effort to plan and build the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington,

The "Procession of Memory" from the War Memorial Building to the Holocaust Memorial, led by students from area religious schools, will take place immediately after the program. A candlelighting service, Kaddish and memorial prayer will take place at the memorial. Information: 235-9006.

BUSK FOR FUN:

While you're visiting the harbor area this weekend, drop by the Harborplace Amphitheatre for free entertainment.

The 14th annual Harborplace Street Performers auditions will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. More than 50 performers will showcase their creativity, professionalism, style and audience appeal during what has become one of Baltimore's rites of spring.

The most entertaining performers will be picked by judges from Baltimore's arts and entertainment world and given regular slots to perform in the amphitheatre throughout the year.

Harborplace's Street Performers is a daily showcase of the international art form known as busking. The program began in 1980 and the street performers have dazzled audiences with their comedy, juggling, magic, music and mime skills.

Information: 332-4191. Auditions will be moved into the Light Street Pavilion in case of inclement weather.

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