Swing by the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., today through Sunday for a centennial birthday celebration in honor of jazz legend Duke Ellington. Composer-conductor Marvin Hamlisch leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the United States Army Field Band's Jazz Ambassadors in a world premiere of "An Ellington Centennial Portrait." Also featured is a selection of big-band favorites. Concert hours are 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$57. Call 410-783-8000. Also, watch Hamlisch in action at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Port Discovery when he joins young listeners for an interactive musical session. Admission is $10; $7.50 ages 3-12; free for ages under 3. Call 410-727-8120.
Capital Jazz Fest
Two days of smooth jazz are on tap Saturday and Sunday when the Capital Jazz Fest comes to Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. Performers include the Capital Jazz All-Stars, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Lorber, Chuck Mangione, Angela Bofill and others Saturday; and David Sanborn, Oleta Adams, Rick Braun, Roy Ayers, Steve Cole and others Sunday. Festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. each day. Admission is $26.50-$125. Limited pavilion seating. Call 410-481-6500.
Baltimore Playwrights Festival
Maryland playwrights show off their scripts throughout the summer at Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul St. The Baltimore Playwrights Festival kicks off tomorrow with a double bill of "Peter Pandemonium" (cast members pictured) by Gloriane Garth and "Women in Collision" by Geoffrey Bond. The shows continue Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and run through June 26. Tickets are $10; $9 seniors; $7 students. Call 410-752-1225 for reservations.
Charles Village Festival
Looking for an Elvis impersonator this weekend? How about a marching kazoo band? You need only venture to the Charles Village Festival & Garden Walk, at Wyman Park Dell at 29th and N. Charles streets. The festival kicks off with a fun run at 8:30 a.m. Saturday; and a parade of baton twirlers, bizarre cars, puppeteers, floats, celebrity impersonators and more follows at 10 a.m. The festival also features bands including Love Riot and the Rhumba Club, carnival rides, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, and foods from Charles Village restaurants. The 20th annual Garden Walk through 30 hidden gardens in Baltimore takes place noon to 4 p.m. Sunday; and "The Great Neighborhood Bike Ride" runs 8 a.m. to noon Sunday. Festival hours are 8:30 a.m. to dusk Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Call 410-662-7777 for festival information or 410-235-5782 for the bike tour.
Hungry? You'll find it all, from fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, herbs, eggs, organic produce, cheeses, herbs, breads, preserves and pastries, and more, at the Baltimore Farmers' Market Sunday, when the market opens for the season. Also, look over an array of annuals and perennials, flowers, handmade jewelry and assorted crafts. The market runs every Sunday through Dec. 19, from 8 a.m. to sellout (around noon), at Holliday and Saratoga streets under the Jones Falls Expressway. Free. Call 410-837-4636.
AROUND THE HARBOR
Pier Six concerts
She's had her share of life's ups and downs. But fate's been kind -- Gladys Knight performs at the Pier Six Pavilion Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24-$38. The pavilion opens its season Saturday with the Violent Femmes and guest G. Love & Special Sauce. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $21.50-$26.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.
Tour more than 10 homes along Baltimore's historic waterfront in Fells Point, at the annual Historic Harbor House Tour Sunday. Included in the tour is a home once owned by ship captain John Lamdin and built in 1799, as well as a modern pier house, homes with artists' studios and homes with spectacular harbor views. This year's tour is sponsored by the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fells Point. Tour runs from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 the day of the tour and $12 in advance. Call 410-675-6750.
Get a taste of Lithuania this weekend at the 27th annual Lithuanian Festival in Catonsville. Enjoy authentic Lithuanian sausage, sauerkraut, tortes, pastries and honey liqueur; watch groups of dancers in costume and listen to music by Baltimore's John Lockwich Orchestra. Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Catonsville Armory, 130 Mellor Ave. Admission is $2; free for seniors and ages under 12. Call 410-685-5787.
Pub Date: 06/03/99