Herb FestivalDiscover herbs -- from basil to tarragon...

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May 27, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Herb Festival

Discover herbs -- from basil to tarragon, rosemary, lavender, thyme and more -- Saturday at the Baltimore Herb Festival at Leakin Park, Windsor Mill Road. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., you can learn to cook with herbs, select plants for your own herb garden, sample herbed food, take wild herb walks, listen to music and attend herb lectures. Admission is $4. Call 410-448-1281.

'Chicago'

"Chicago," the winner of six Tony Awards, including 1997 Best Musical Revival, returns to the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre, Hopkins Plaza, for one week, Tuesday through June 6. The musical tells the story of Roxie Hart, a nightclub dancer who kills her lover, then dupes the public and media by hiring Chicago's shrewdest lawyer, who ultimately twists her crime into celebrity headlines and gets her acquitted. Show time is 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $31.50 to $64. Call 410-752-1200.

Memorial service

Maryland residents who served in the military will be honored this weekend at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Waterview Avenue in South Baltimore. The three-day event includes a tribute to soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Vietnam War. Ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow with a candlelight service and continue Saturday with a homecoming dance from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel. A veterans parade across the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge, Hanover Street, starts at 11 a.m. Sunday, followed at noon by the rededication of the 10-year-old Maryland Vietnam Veterans Memorial, including the reading of names of the 1,056 Maryland soldiers killed in Vietnam. An open house from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Vietnam Veterans of America, Baltimore Chapter 451, 6401 Beckley St., concludes the three-day memorial event. Call 410-633-0857.

AROUND THE HARBOR

Magicomedy at Towson

For magic, juggling and comedy that appeal to the entire family, attend "Magicomedy," a benefit performance featuring variety artists Robert Strong (pictured), Alain Nu, Paul Hadfield, Adam Ace and Moe Ron Jones at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Stephens Hall at Towson University. Tickets are $10, and proceeds benefit the Maryland Community Kitchen and the Maryland Jaycees. Call 410-481-SEAT or 410-830-2244.

Summer concerts at Harborplace

From Friday Night Live! to Hot Harbor Saturday Nights to Celebrate America Sundays, you can listen to live music every weekend this summer at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. Once Hush, a modern rock band, opens the series from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow. Tony Berry and New Money present current hits and good-time oldies from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and the U.S. Army Field Band plays rock and roll, country ballads and Top-40 music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 800-HARBOR-1.

Lecture cruises on the Minnie V.

Set sail for adventure aboard the Minnie V., one of the few surviving Chesapeake Bay skipjacks, when the Maryland Historical Society offers lecture cruises Tuesday through September. This season's highlights include tales of notorious pirates and smugglers, an inside look at the heyday of steamboat travel on the Chesapeake, the history of Fells Point and a July 4 cruise to view the fireworks in the Inner Harbor. Cruises depart at 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday from Harborplace. The cost is $20, $19 seniors, $18 society members, including light snacks. Call 410-685-3750 Ext. 372 for reservations.

Violinist Nokuthula Ngwenyama with the BSO

American violinist Nokuthula Ngwenyama performs Walton's Viola Concerto with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of associate conductor Daniel Hege, at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow in the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Also on the program is Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1. Tickets for the Celebrity Series concerts are $21-$55. Call 410-783-8000.

Videotopia

Touch the knobs and controls of more than 120 classic arcade and home video game systems when "Videotopia," an exhibit that chronicles the 25-year history of the video game industry, opens Saturday and runs through Sept. 6 at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. Watch the birth and growth of personal computers and video games, from Pong to Pac-Man and Pokemon. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Admission to the Science Center is $9.75, $8 for seniors and ages 13-18, $7 ages 4-12, free under 4. Call 410-685-5225.

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