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July 08, 1999|By Karin Remesch

American Music and Arts Festival

Listen to an eclectic range of music -- including blues, folk, bluegrass and gospel -- when Western Maryland College presents the second American Music and Arts Festival this weekend at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster. Headlining the festival, which wraps up Common Ground on the Hill, a weeklong summer program, is musical renaissance man Peter Rowan. Other performers include Tom Ware of Blues Nation, an all-Native American blues band; and Sankofa (pictured), a Baltimore-based African dance and drumming troupe. The festival also features storytelling, poetry, a juried arts and crafts show and children's activities. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5-$25. Call 410-857-2771 or 410-876-2667.

John Paul Jones Day

Visit the final resting place of John Paul Jones, the first great naval leader and hero of the American Revolution; discover why Jones shouted, "I have not yet begun to fight!"; listen to historic music of fifes and drum; and learn about life aboard an 18th-century warship during John Paul Jones Day on Saturday at the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center of the U.S. Naval Academy, 52 King George St., Annapolis. The day's events begin at 9 a.m. Free admission; guided walking tours are $5.50, $4.50 seniors, $3.50 students. Call 410-263-6933.

'Rags'

Celebrate the American dream when the Maryland Arts Festival continues with "Rags: Children of the Wind" Saturday through July 24 in Stephens Hall Theater, Towson University, Osler and Cross Campus drives. The musical, set in New York City in 1910, tells the story of an immigrant family beginning a new life in America. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. July 18. Tickets are $19-$21, with discounts for seniors, students, children and groups. Call 410-830-2787.

Willie Nelson at Pier Six

Country singing legend Willie Nelson is "On the Road Again," and he'll make a stop Wednesday at Pier Six Concert Pavilion. Lee Roy Parnell also performs. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Reserved seats are $36.50; lawn seating is $24. Call 410-481-SEAT.

'The Gondoliers'

For an evening of entangled romance, mistaken identity, intrigue and, of course, irony, attend "The Gondoliers" Saturday and Sunday and July 15-18 at Centennial Hall, Bryn Mawr School, 109 W. Melrose Ave. Presented by the Young Victorian Theater Company, the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operetta's cast includes Elizabeth Davis, Jennifer Blades, Jason Hentrich and Brendan Cooke. Times are 8:15 p.m. Saturday and July 15-17, 3 p.m. Sunday and July 18. Tickets are $20-$25. Call 410-323-3077.

UniverSoul Circus

There will be "Hip Hop Under the Big Top" when the UniverSoul Circus brings jugglers, high-wire walkers and other daredevil circus performers from around the world to Mondawmin Mall, 1200 Mondawmin Concourse, Wednesday through July 18. UniverSoul Circus was founded by Baltimore native Cedric Walker to provide an environment in which black artists can strengthen their impact on the international scene. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. July 15-16 (plus a 4 p.m. show July 15); noon, 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 17; and noon, 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. July 18. Tickets are $9-$22.50 (prices vary by show time). Call 410-523-1534.

AROUND THE HARBOR

Talented kids and big puppets

McDonald's is looking for small fries with big talent, and young stars of tomorrow are encouraged to sign up for the "It's Showtime at the Apollo" Kids Talent Search. Entries are being accepted Saturday through Aug. 10 at area McDonald's, but you can also strut your stuff from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the kickoff event at Port Discovery, the kid-powered museum at 35 Market Place. Festivities include open auditions for ages 5-12, celebrity appearances, entertainment and prizes. Return to the museum Sunday for a performance by Kathleen Jacobs and her life-size puppets at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Events are free. Admission to the museum is $10; $7.50 ages 3-12; under 3 free. Call 410-727-8120.

BSO, Broadway and fireworks

Enjoy "Broadway's Best With Fireworks" when the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Edward G. Robinson Jr., performs under the stars at Oregon Ridge Park beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. The program, with singers Liz Callaway and Francis Ruivivar, includes music from "Les Miserables," "Cats," "Phantom of the Opera" and "The Lion King." Shuttle bus service will be available from the Bell Atlantic parking lot, across from Hunt Valley Mall; permit parking at park $5 in advance. Tickets are $13 advance, $14 at the gate. The park is at 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. Call 410-783-8000.

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