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July 16, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Michael Crawford

Enjoy an evening with Michael Crawford beginning at 8 p.m. tomorrow at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., and at 8 p.m. Saturday at the MCI Center, 601 F St., Washington. Expect to hear medleys from his Tony Award-winning role as the "Phantom of the Opera," the film "Hello Dolly" and songs inspired by his Irish heritage and school-choir days. Tickets are $30-$75 for tomorrow's concert, $40-$75 for Saturday. Call 410-481-SEAT or 410-347-2010.

Lilith Fair

Listen to rock, folk, country and jazz tunes this weekend at the Lilith Fair at Merriweather Post Pavilion, off Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Headlining the roving women's music festival on the main stage are Sarah McLachlan (pictured), Natalie Merchant, Indigo Girls, Missy Elliott and Liz Phair. The fair also features a secondary stage and a "village" of shops and information booths with its own third stage. The festival starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sunday seats are still available for $51; $28.75 for lawn. Call 410-481-6500.

Tales of Africa

Storyteller Jamal Koram will captivate his audience with songs and stories on values that are traditionally African from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at NationsBank Plaza, 34 Market Place, the future site of the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Known as the StoryMan, Koram has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian and Lincoln Center. Admission is free. Call 410-837-4636 or 800-282-6632.

Gumbo Jam

Celebrate New Orleans culture with Cajun, zydeco and bluegrass music, Creole cuisine, crafts, storytelling and dance workshops tomorrow through Sunday at the Gumbo Jam at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. The three-day festival, relocated to the Annapolis area from its 18-year home in Rhode Island, showcases more than 15 performing groups, including Buckwheat Zydeco, Marsha Ball, Steve Riley and Geno Delafose (pictured). Hours are 10 a.m. to midnight tomorrow and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Daily admission at the gate is $25; $15 seniors; $10 ages 7-15; free for 6 and under. Call 877-GUMBO-JAM.

Around the Harbor


Taste Jamaican barbecue, sample microbrews at an open bar and listen to reggae performed by Jah Works from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday when the South Baltimore Learning Center presents its annual fund-raiser, So-Bo-Q - South Baltimore BBQ - at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Call 410-625-4215.

Civil War remembrance

A Confederate army recruiting station will be re-created this weekend at the Baltimore Civil War Museum, 601 President St. Re-enactors portray recruiters, civilians who are potential recruits and a heckler or two. Spectators, including children, are invited to participate. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $2; $1 children; and free for Maryland teachers and their families. Call 410-385-1675.

George Clinton

Listen to the "Godfather of Funk" when George Clinton & the P-Funk All Stars perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Pier Six Concert Pavilion, President Street. Expect to hear tunes from such classic albums as "Cosmic Slop," "One Nation Under a Groove" and "T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M." Tickets are $28 for pavilion and $23 for lawn seats. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Firehouse expo

To see the latest in firefighting apparatus and emergency equipment, attend the Firehouse Emergency Services Expo from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center. Activities include an invitational exhibit of model fire apparatus and dioramas from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, enjoy a Fire Apparatus Parade starting at 9:30 a.m. and proceeding north on Light Street from Key Highway, then west on Conway Street and north on Charles Street to the Convention Center. And in conjunction with the expo, the Baltimore City Fire Museum, 414 N. Gay St., extends its hours to 9:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the expo is $10. Call 800-282-6632.

Art cars

An Art Car Symposium revs up from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. "Art Car Revolution: Evolution" features art car guru Harrod Blank, an icon fashion show, car music, dancing and refreshments. On Saturday, decorate your wheels and join art car artists at 10 a.m. at the museum for a "Caravan of Art Cars" through the streets of Baltimore to the Artscape festival at Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street. Admission to symposium is $10; the art car parade is free. Call 410-244-1900.

Pub Date: 7/16/98

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