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August 06, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Kunta Kinte Festival

Celebrate the perseverance of African-American, African and African-Caribbean cultures this weekend at the 11th annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival at St. John's College in Annapolis. This year, Gambia and other African countries will be highlighted. Featured during the two-day event will be traditional African cuisine, arts and crafts and a variety of live entertainment, including music and dancing. And children will enjoy face-painting, animals and mask-making. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5; $3 for seniors and children. Call 410-349-0338.

Hot Summer Knights at the Walters

This evening, unwind at the Walters Art Gallery from 5 to 8 o'clock with "Hot Summer Knights." Listen to music by the Barry Dove Jazz Trio, enjoy free refreshments and tour two exhibits, "Mything Persons: Historic Figures in Legends of East and West," and "On the Eve of Battle." You'll also get a chance to win Jousting Knight T-shirts. The event is part of First Thursdays, a Charles Street celebration that features live music and free admission to Mount Vernon area galleries and other attractions. For "Hot Summer Knights," call 410-547-9000; for First Thursdays, call 410-342-SHOW.

Ravens open preseason

Cheer on the Baltimore Ravens Saturday when they tackle the Chicago Bears in the preseason opener at the team's new home - the $220 million, 69,000-seat NFL stadium at Camden Yards. Game time is 7:30 p.m., and some seats are still available at $35. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Hispanic Festival

Taste arroz con pollo and tamales, sip sangria and cheer on Flamenco dancers this weekend at the Hispanic Festival, 34 Market Place, the future site of the Port Discovery Children's Museum. Listen to the music of a variety of nations, including Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Spain, Argentina, Peru, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Saturday's highlights include a parade of Hispanic flags at 2 p.m. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday (the day begins with a Mass at 11 a.m.). Admission is free. Call 410-235-9231.

Opera under the stars

Bring a picnic and listen to "Songs of Love and the Night" Saturday on the Charles Carroll House's lawn overlooking Spa Creek at 107 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis. The program, presented by members of the Annapolis Opera, includes arias from "The Marriage of Figaro," "The Ballad of Baby Doe," "La Boheme" and "I Pagliacci." Spread a blanket on the lawn or sit under a tent. Gates open at 6 p.m.; the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, $18 for Carroll House and Annapolis Opera members, $15 for students 17 and under. Call 410-269-1737.

Trinidad and Tobago Days

Travel to the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago this weekend without ever leaving town. The 13th annual Trinidad and Tobago Days at the Band Shell in Clifton Park feature music, folk dancing, authentic food and cultural exhibits. Events tomorrow include the Brass-o-Rama competition; the Calypso Monarch competition takes place Saturday; and the Calypso Soca-Rama is scheduled for Sunday. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3, free for kids under 12 and seniors. Call 410-435-7414 or 410-323-8533.

Around the Harbor

Jazz legends

Enjoy an evening of jazz Saturday when the Legends of New Orleans - Pete Fountain (pictured), the Dukes of Dixieland and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band - present a concert at 8 p.m. at the Pier Six Concert Pavilion, President Street and Eastern Avenue. Throughout his career, Fountain has recorded more than 90 albums, including three gold albums. Celebrating 50 years, the Dukes of Dixieland is the oldest continually performing jazz ensemble in New Orleans. And the Preservation Hall Jazz Band leaves its famous New Orleans home, Preservation Hall, for about four months each year, taking its distinct jazz sound on the road. Tickets are $25 for the pavilion and $15 for lawn seats. Call 410-837-4636.

Antiques market

About 50 dealers and vendors will display antiques and collectibles from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Broadway Market Square in historic Fells Point. Items to be offered at the Second Sunday Antique Market, sponsored monthly by the Fells Point Antique Dealers Association, include furniture, jewelry, glassware and pottery. Admission is free. Call 410-675-4776.

Pub Date: 8/06/98

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