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September 19, 1996|By John Coffren

Keep the beat

Treat your ears to the exotic sounds of percussion-based music at the Second Annual Baltimore Rhythm Festival on Saturday at St. John's Church, at St. Paul's and 27th streets, from 10: 30 a.m. to midnight. Enjoy drum-care workshops and live noon performances from Girls Just Wanna Have Drums and Live-It-Not-Diet Cafe Drummers. Move back inside for an evening of international music. Day tickets, which include all workshops and evening performances, cost $20. Evening tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Afternoon outside activities are free. For more information, call (410) 542-2804.

Wyeth exhibit

If you missed the Andrew Wyeth exhibit of 1966 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, don't wait another 30 years for a chance to see his "America's Painter" exhibition at the BMA. The show opens Wednesday and runs through Feb. 16. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for BMA members and children 6 and under; $1.50 for ages 7-18; $3.50 for students and seniors; $5.50 for 19 and over. For more information, call (410) 396-7100.

'Grease!'

Go together like Rama-Lama-Da-Digity-Ding-Dong to the Official Broadway Production of "Grease!" at the Mechanic Theatre from Wednesday through Oct. 6. Don Most (pictured) -- better known as Ralph Malph of "Happy Days" -- Tracey Nelson and Sally Struthers star in the classic rock musical. Tickets range from $47.50 to $57.50. Call (410) 752-1200.

A grape time

Raise a glass and taste the best that local winemakers have to offer at the Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum. Tours magazine labeled last year's event "one of the five best festivals of its kind in North America." Festivities run 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Daily admission is $13 for adults; free for children accompanied by a paying adult. For more information, call (410) 848-7775.

Yeeee-hah!

Tour the American Southwest for four days without ever leaving Maryland at the Southwest Fest at Fort Meade. Try Tex-Mex cooking at the Chili Cook-off, dance to Tejano music, visit the rodeo and sample the wares of Southwestern artisans and crafters at the carnival. Enjoy live concert action Saturday and Sunday with Collin Raye, Lisa Brokop, Lee Roy Parnell, Mark Chesnutt and others. Gates open at 5: 30 p.m. today, 5 p.m. tomorrow and 10: 30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The fun goes until 9 p.m. today, midnight tomorrow and Saturday and 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free today and tomorrow; for the weekend, tickets cost $20 a day or $30 for both days. Children 12 and under get in free. Call 1-800-277-2675.

Write stuff

Celebrate Baltimore's favorite curmudgeon and newspaperman during Mencken Day at the Pratt Library on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A dramatic reading at 9: 30 a.m. based on "In Defense of Marion: The Love of Marion Bloom and H.L. Mencken" by Edward Martin will precede a book signing with Martin. Lewis H. Lapham, editor of Harper's magazine, will speak at 2 p.m. on "If Only Mencken Were Still Alive." An informal conversation with Lapham at 3: 15 p.m. concludes the free event. For more information, call (410) 396-5494.

Around the harbor

Arresting humor

Get your copy of the book "Comic Relief" signed by comedian Richard Belzer, Detective John Munch from "Homicide: Life on the Street," this Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. on the second level of the Gallery at Harborplace. The $22 Avon hardcover ranks the best comedy routines, including Belzer's act, from the first 10 years of HBO's "Comic Relief," which benefits the homeless. For more information, call 1-800-HARBOR-1 or (410) 332-4191.

Patinkin plays benefit

Support the House of Ruth and see "Chicago Hope" and Broadway star Mandy Patinkin play piano and sing show tunes at the Benefit Concert For Shelter and Services at Pier Six tonight. Last year's event raised more than $160,000 for battered women and their children. The concert is at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $125. Call (410) 554-8443.

Big Bang redux

Will World Wrestling Federation champion and heartthrob Shawn Michaels (pictured) successfully defend his title from the monstrous Vader? Find out at the Big Bang Boom Tour at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Arena. Undercard matches include the zombified Undertaker vs. the insane Mankind in a "No Holds Barred Match." Tickets cost $12, $15 and $20. Call (410) 481-SEAT.

Pub Date: 9/19/96

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