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September 18, 1997|By Jolan Baucum

Irish celebration

Bring the family out for a celebration of the life and culture of the Emerald Isle at the 1997 annual Showcase of Nations' Irish Festival. The celebration begins tomorrow evening, with a concert by Danny Doyle, who has been entertaining with Irish songs, history and ballads for more than 30 years, and music by the Dublin City Ramblers. The program continues Saturday and FTC Sunday, when you can take part in the activities of the Broesler School of Irish Dance, or take introductory classes in the Irish language or attend workshops on how to trace your Irish roots.

Children's activities include face painting, Irish step dancing and a Punch and Judy puppet show. A variety of Irish foods also will be available.

The festival begins on Friday at 7: 30 p.m. It continues Saturday from noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m., at the 5th Regiment Armory, Howard and Preston streets. Tickets for the concert Friday are $18. On Saturday and Sunday, admission is $5 for adults, $3 for young adults (12 to 18), and free for children. Call 410-837-0685 for tickets and information.

If you like all things Greek, you will enjoy Greek Fest '97. Taking place at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, the festival promises to tantalize all of the senses with Greek culture.

Formerly known as "Athenian Agora," the 26th annual Greek bazaar will feature Greek cuisine prepared at the festival and delicacies to take home from the Greek grocery store. The sights of Greece can be experienced in the cathedral as you step into a traditional Greek home in the Annunciation Orthodox Center. Specialty booths will offer arts and crafts and religious items. Live Greek music will accompany traditionally clad dancers.

The festival will take place Friday and Saturday indoors from 11 ++ a.m. to 9 p.m. and outdoors from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. On Sunday, events will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. The cathedral is at Maryland Avenue and Preston Street. Call 410-727-1831.

The aesthetic of African art has been appreciated worldwide for its ability to conjure strong emotion in the beholder. On Sunday, the Maryland Institute, College of Art will highlight the form at the kickoff of its African Textures festival.

A series of lectures and workshops, these events are being held in conjunction with the Walters Art Gallery's exhibition, "Art That Heals: The Image as Medicine in Ethiopia," which begins Oct. 12. The opening event on Sunday will be presented by Dr. Leslie King-Hammond and focus on body aesthetics and textiles within the sacred place of home, nature, ritual and the public arena. African music will be featured and light refreshments will be served.

Sunday's event is $20 to the general public and free to all enrollees of a festival course or workshop. It takes place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the college's Mount Royal Station Building. Advance registration is required. Other workshops in the festival are Music and Movement, Threads of Cultural Pride and Screen Tales from Africa. The program continues through Dec. 10. Workshop prices start at $70 noncredit and $215 credit. For details on dates and times of other workshops, call 410-225-2219.

Pub Date: 9/18/97

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