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September 19, 1996

Art for the young

Parents trying to nurture art appreciation among their children may want to take advantage of programs being offered at two art museums this Sunday.

The Walters Art Gallery, North Charles and Centre streets, will be host to an Ethiopian Family Festival featuring music, activities and an interactive tour of the newly acquired Ethiopian art collection. Musician Seleshe Damassae will demonstrate the krar, an ancient lyre from the Nile River basin.

At the Baltimore Museum of Art, the "Tours for Tots" program will be offered for children ages 4-5 who are accompanied by an adult. The interactive program allows preschool children and their adult friends to play games as they explore the BMA.

The Ethiopian Family Festival at the Walters takes place 12: 30 p.m.-4: 30 p.m. Admission is free. Call (410) 547-9000, Ext. 300 or 237.

The "Tours for Tots" program takes place at the BMA, Art Museum Drive, 11 a.m.-11: 45 a.m. and then again at 3: 30 p.m.-4: 15 p.m. The program is free with museum admission, which is $5.50; $3.50 for seniors and full-time students with ID; $1.50 for ages 7-18; free for museum members and children age 6 and under. Call (410) 396-6320. You don't have to be able to do an Irish jig to visit the Baltimore Irish Festival this weekend. Tommy Makem will open the festivities by performing traditional Irish music at a concert tomorrow at 7: 30 p.m. Tommy Makem's sons, the Makem Brothers, also will perform contemporary tunes.

The festival will continue Saturday and Sunday and will feature movies, workshops, cultural discussions, clothing, crafts, food and Ceili dance lessons. The top raffle prize at the festival will be a tour of Ireland and tickets to the Navy/Notre Dame football game in Dublin.

The Irish Festival and concert, sponsored by Irish Charities of Maryland Inc., takes place at the Fifth Regiment Armory, Preston and Howard streets. Admission to the festival is $5. Concert tickets are $18. Festival hours are noon-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information and concert tickets, call (410) 837-0685.

Pub Date: 9/19/96

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