Island festivalEnjoy a vacation to the islands without...

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June 18, 1998|By John Coffren

Island festival

Enjoy a vacation to the islands without ever leaving the country at the free Caribbean Festival on Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Swing and sway to calypso music as a parade of costumed dancers floats by, sample spicy island delicacies or listen to the rhythm of the steel drum band. Call 410-396-6314.

Funny bones

Take your medicine, a double dose of laughs administered by legendary comic greats Carl Reiner (below right) and Mel Brooks, "The Knights of Comedy," Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave . Reiner won seven Emmys as the creator of "The Dick Van Dyke Show," and Brooks directed such comedy classics as "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles." Ticket prices range from $25 to $250, and all proceeds benefit the Save-A-Heart charities. Call 410-653-3131. Or have Reiner and Brooks sign your copy of "2,000 Year Old Man in the Year 2,000: Including How To Not Die and Other Good Tips" at Bibelot, 1819 Reisterstown Road, Saturday from noon to 1:30 p.m. Call 410-653-6933.

Maryland Arts Festival

Miss Mona and the working girls of the Chicken Ranch will help kick off 37 days of Maryland artists and their works when "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas" opens the 17th annual Maryland Arts Festival at Towson University, 800 York Road, Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center Mainstage Theatre. The production runs through July 18. Tickets are $19-$21. For $7, film buffs can enjoy a critical study of "Opera On Film" at the Fine Arts Center Theatre Sunday at 1:30 p.m. with a viewing and discussion of "Porgy and Bess" by lecturer Dr. James M. Anthony. Or walk among the Washington Sculptors Group's creations at the Emerging Talent Sculpture Exhibition at the Fine Arts Center's Holtzman Gallery. The free exhibit runs through July 19; call for hours. The festival runs through July 26. Call 410-830-ARTS.

Take wing

Carroll County Regional Airport, 200 Airport Drive, Westminster, will be filled with more than 70 military aircraft, from vintage World War II-era planes to high-tech Persian Gulf war combatants, at the 1998 Jack B. Poage Airshow Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy demonstrations by an F-117 Stealth fighter and A-10 "Warthog" Thunderbolt II and inspect a C-130 Hercules, UH-1 Huey, T-44 Pegasus and more. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for ages 5-12; free for ages 4 and under. Call 410-876-7200 or 1-800-272-1933.

International Festival '98

Celebrate Baltimore's rich cultural diversity at the 1998 International Festival, noon to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at Market Place Plaza, next to the Brokerage. Enjoy ethnic foods and nonstop entertainment, including Roy Ayers (pictured), Chinese Dragon Dancers, Irish dancers, Latin American Folk Loric Group, Punjabi Bhangra Dance, Bobby Rush and more. For information on the free event, call 410-396-3151.

Around the Harbor

Sand kings

Teams of sand engineers will create sculpture with a Hollywood theme at the Inner Harbor on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. They'll work with 100 cubic feet of sand and buckets of water at "CitySand '98" at the Harborplace Amphitheatre, between the Light and Pratt Street pavilions. Judges will pick the winners. Children 4 to 12 can sculpt their own creations in a neighboring sandbox. Call 1-800-HARBOR-1.

Summertime blues

Catch a case of the blues at the fourth annual Baltimore Blues Festival on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Baltimore Yacht Basin, 2600 Insulator Drive. 25 national and local acts will take two stages, including Earl King, Big Jesse Yawn, John Mooney )) (pictured) and Bluesiana. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the gate. Call 410-494-9558 or 1-888-494-9558.

A little night music

Be swept backward in time to Old Vienna, carried by the dramatic strains of Johann Strauss' "Blue Danube Waltz" as performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra when it opens its Summer MusicFest 1998. "A Night in Old Vienna," 7:30 tonight at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., features conductor Daniel Hege and soprano Linda Mabbs. The fest continues Saturday at 7:30 p.m. when pianist Leon Fleisher and father and daughter Pinchas and Arianna Zukerman pay tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Fleisher will perform Piano Concerto No.12. And the BSO finishes its triptych with "An All-Schubert Evening," Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., with artistic director Pinchas Zukerman and soprano Janice Chandler. Put your ballroom dancing lessons to work at post-concert dances beneath the stars at Meyerhoff Plaza after all three performances. Concert tickets range from $15 to $36. Call 410-783-8000.

Pub Date: 6/18/98

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