Brian Setzer Orchestra"Let's Live It Up" when the Brian...

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July 15, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Brian Setzer Orchestra

"Let's Live It Up" when the Brian Setzer Orchestra presents a concert of classic American swing with a dash of rock and a modern twist on Wednesday evening at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. The Grammy Award-winning Setzer, who used to be with the Stray Cats, will "Jump, Jive An' Wail" beginning at 7 p.m. Also performing are BR5-49 and Southern Culture on the Skids. Tickets are $20-$35. Call 410-481-6500 or 800-955-5566.

AROUND THE HARBOR

Explore the world of home aquariums during "Home Aquarium Extravaganza!" Saturday and Sunday at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. Activities include home aquarium workshops, face- painting, family fun, free "tattoos" and a contest. And one lucky fins fan will go home with a complete aquarium kit. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free with museum admission -- $14, $10.50 seniors, $7.50 ages 3-11; free for kids under 3. Regular aquarium hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily. Call 410-576-3800.

Summer concerts

Enjoy live music when the Harborplace Summer Concert Series continues this weekend at the Amphitheatre. Once Hush presents a concert of modern rock from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow during "Friday Night Live!" Stevie & the Satellites, featuring WQSR-FM's Steve Rouse, perform favorite oldies from the '60s and '70s from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at "Hot Harbor Saturday Nights." And "Celebrate America Sundays" features pop jazz sounds by Tim Eyermann and Toni Wilson from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Call 800-HARBOR-1.

For an evening of R&B sounds, listen to Frankie Beverly (pictured) and Maze beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday at Pier Six Concert Pavilion. Also performing are the O'Jays with Gerald Levert, Next and Jesse Powell. Tickets are $57; lawn seating is $28.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Pow-wow

Learn about Native American culture this weekend at a pow-wow at Howard County Fairgrounds. Indian dancers in native regalia, drumming, exhibitions and demonstrations highlight the two-day festival. And there's plenty of food -- buffalo stew, Indian corn soup, fried bread and Navajo tacos. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6, $4 seniors and ages 3-12. Call 410-442-1022.

Star works

Watch the stars come out when associate conductor Daniel Hege leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in an intergalactic celebration of music from the "Star Wars" movies, "Star Trek," "Superman" and "The X-Files" at 8 p.m. Saturday at Oregon Ridge Park. Patrons can have their caricature drawn with their favorite science fiction character, and children can win prizes in the "Come as your favorite planetary character" costume contest. The concert concludes with fireworks. Tickets are $13 in advance, $14 at the gate; $7 for ages under 12. There's free shuttle service from the Bell Atlantic parking lot, across from Hunt Valley Mall; permit parking at the park is $5 in advance. Call 410-783-8000.

Columbia International Day

Celebrate Columbia's ethnic diversity from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Town Center lakefront. Columbia International Day offers a variety of games and food. Entertainment includes performances by Mama Jama, Fritete Dance and Drum Ensemble of Ghana, Mariachi Los Amigos and Folkloric Dancers, and Shizumi, Japanese dancers. Admission is free. Call 410-715-3161.

'Maryland History in Prints'

For a glimpse into the political and social trends that shaped Maryland's history in the 18th and 19th centuries, view "More Than Meets the Eye: Maryland History in Prints, 1750-1900," an exhibition that opens tomorrow and runs through Jan. 16 at the Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4, $3 seniors, students and children 13-17; $6 family rate; free for ages 12 and under and on Sunday. Call 410-685-3750.

Thomas the Tank Engine

Meet Sir Topham Hatt and Thomas the Tank Engine, stars of the award-winning children's television series "Shining Time Station," Wednesday through July 25 at the B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. Thomas the Tank Engine's five-day stop in Baltimore also features train rides, face-painting, storytelling and other family activities. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Admission is $11, $10 seniors, $8 ages 1-12, $5 museum members. Call 410-752-2490.

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