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September 23, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Experimental music festival

Explore experimental music during the High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music, tomorrow through Sunday at three Baltimore venues. A group of 28 local, national and international sound improvisers and experimenters play solo or in groups from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow at the Lodge, 244 S. Highland Ave.; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St.; and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 14 Karat Cabaret, 218 W. Saratoga St. Admission is $8 for each concert; $25 for a four-show pass; and $50 for a premium pass, including a limited-edition CD. Call 410-889-5854, or visit the Web site at www.redroom.org/highzero.

Hampden Village Fall Festival

Celebrate the cultural and commercial renaissance of the village of Hampden, a former mill town in northern Baltimore City, with a fall festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, along 36th Street between Falls Road and Chestnut Avenue. Live music is performed from two stages, and craftspeople exhibit their wares. Also featured are artists, children's activities and food prepared by area restaurants. Admission is free. Call 410-235-9585.

'An Ideal Husband' at Center Stage

Sir Robert Chiltern, "An Ideal Husband," is that rare public official with a spotless reputation until the elegant but scheming Mrs. Cheveley appears. Oscar Wilde's political comedy, with costumes (pictured) by Constance Hoffman, opens with previews tomorrow and runs through Oct. 24 in the Pearlstone Theater at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Shows are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays (no matinee Sept. 26); also 1 p.m. Oct. 13. Tickets are $10-$40. Call 410-332-0033.

Columbia Classic Grand Prix

Cheer on world-class equestrians and Olympic veterans when they compete on a challenging course of obstacles, jumps, twists and turns Sunday in the $30,000 Columbia Classic Grand Prix at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway. The annual cultural and sporting event, which helps raise money for scholarships, also includes Goshen hounds, antique carriages, equestrian demonstrations, a "World of Horse" exhibit, pony rides, food and boutiques. Gates open at 10 a.m. Lawn seating is $5, free for ages 12 and under; bleacher seating, $8, $5 ages 12 and under; tailgate space $100, including reserved parking and six bleacher tickets. Call 410-772-4828.

'Big Bird's Sunny Day Camp Out'

Sesame Street is abuzz with Big Bird and Snuffy's big plans to camp out. Enjoy the musical caper from "Sesame Street Live" today through Sunday at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Hours are 7 p.m. today; 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow; 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $9.50-$17. Call 410-481-SEAT.

AROUND THE HARBOR

'Tony N' Tina's Wedding'

Attend Tony and Tina's surprise-filled Italian-American Catholic wedding ceremony and greet the newlyweds, participate in a champagne toast, enjoy a fully catered Italian dinner and dance to live music. "Tony N' Tina's Wedding," part of the 1999-2000 Mechanic Broadway Theatre Series, opens tonight for a 19-week run at Scarlett Place, 250 S. President St. During the evening of interactive theater, members of the audience become invited wedding guests. Shows are 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $43.50-$58.50. Call 410-752-1200.

Taste of Baltimore Music at the Science Center

Sample some of Baltimore's finest food, microbrews and wines at the third annual Taste of Baltimore festival, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Also watch cooking demonstrations by local chefs, enjoy live entertainment, receive health and beauty tips and collect an autograph from star athletes. Tickets are $7, free for ages 12 and under, and benefit the Children's Cancer Foundation. Call 410-576-8343.

Music at the Science Center

If you've ever wondered how music is made, then visit the Maryland Science Center's newest exhibit, "Mostly Music," Saturday through Feb. 3, and take a tour that's as stimulating for the sense of touch as it is for the sense of sound. The 6,000-square-foot exhibit features a number of activities, including musical instruments on a grand scale. Visitors can walk inside a gigantic 14-foot-tall guitar and experience firsthand how hollow spaces amplify sounds. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is $10.50; $9 seniors; $7.50 children ages 4-12; free for kids under 4. Call 410-685-5225.

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