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July 30, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Vans Warped at RFK

Listen to punk, alternative rock and retro swing and cheer on top-ranked professional and amateur athletes in competitions ranging from skateboarding to BMX to in-line skating when Vans Warped Tour '98 makes a stop tomorrow at the RFK Stadium parking lot in Washington. More than 30 bands are scheduled to perform, including Bad Religion, Rancid, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Save Ferris, Sprung Monkey and the Aquabats. Gates open at 11:30 a.m.; show starts at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Banjo Jamboree

Take a stroll through musical America with banjo wizard Buddy Wachter on Saturday when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents a Banjo Jamboree at Oregon Ridge Park. Featured are hits from Broadway, bluegrass and ragtime. Audience banjo players are invited to take their banjos and play along when Wachter and the BSO perform great American folk favorites. Fireworks provide an explosive finale to the evening. The park opens at 4 p.m., pre-concert entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 8 p.m. There are free shuttle buses from Hunt Valley Mall; $5 prepaid parking passes required at the park. Tickets are $13 in advance, $14 at the gate, $7 under 12. Call 410-783-8000.

'Purlie'

A freedom-seeking sharecropper takes on a bigoted plantation owner when "Purlie," the '70s smash, returns to the Kennedy Center in Washington today through Aug. 2. Starring Stephanie Mills, Reginald VelJohnson, Dorian Harewood and Larry Storch, the show includes such hits as "I Got Love," "A New-Fangled Preacher Man" and the gospel chorus "Walk Him Up the Stairs." Performances, part of a series celebrating the American musical, are 7:30 p.m. today-tomorrow, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 pm. Saturday, and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35-$50. Call 800-444-1324.

More crabs, Cajun style

For a Chesapeake spin on Zydeco and the music of the Gulf Coast, attend "Cajun Crabs," a crab feast and dance party to benefit the Fells Point Creative Alliance tonight at the Lodge, 244 S. Highland Ave. Beginning at 8 p.m., dine on hot and spicy steamed crabs, then dance to Tex-Mex, New Orleans R&B and Mardi Gras tunes performed by Gumbo Junkyard. Tickets are $30 at the door. Call 410-276-1651.

Crab days in St. Michaels

Enjoy plenty of food, entertainment, demonstrations and fast-moving racetrack action this weekend at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum's 16th annual Crab Days celebration in St. Michaels. Served in almost every way imaginable - steamed crabs, crab cakes and crab soup, just to name a few - the Chesapeake Bay blue crab takes center stage from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Also watch demonstrations of traditional Chesapeake seafood-industry skills, observe craftsmen practice the art of bushel-basket making, listen to music, meet crab cookbook author Whitey Schmidt, enter your fastest crab in a race and tour the museum. Admission is $3- $7.50; food is priced separately. Call 410-745-2916.

Science-fiction whirl

Discover the world of science fiction and fantasy Wednesday through Aug. 9 at the 56th World Science Fiction Convention at the Baltimore Convention Center. Visit for a day or return every day - there are plenty of events and programs to choose from, including film screenings, writers' workshops, art shows, gaming, "filk" singing, autograph sessions and children's activities. And you can meet guests including J. Michael Straczynski (pictured), the creator of "Babylon 5"; artist Michael Whelan; and novelist C.J. Cherryh. Daily admission is $20 to $65 for adults, or $165 for the entire convention; children 4-12 pay $10 to $25 daily, $80 for a five-day pass. Call 410-534-8136.

Around the Harbor

Concerts at the Amphitheater

Listen to rock, tropical rhythms and patriotic music this weekend when the Summer Concert Series continues at the Harborplace Amphitheater. Eden's Poets present modern rock with folksy and acoustic touches from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow during Friday Night Live. Jah Works performs reggae and tropical tunes at Hot Harbor Nights on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. And the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters offer a variety of music ranging from sea chanteys to musicals from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Celebrate America Sundays. Admission is free. Call 800-HARBOR-1.

Pub Date: 7/30/98

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