Poe's birthday bash
Help Edgar Allan Poe celebrate his 191st birthday, tomorrow through Sunday, Westminster Hall, Fayette and Greene streets. Edgar Allan Poe IV (pictured), the great-great-great grand-nephew of the author, takes center stage at the event, combining stories and poems in a show called "POEssessed." Also, the Bach Society presents "A Haunted Concert"; the Calvert High School Pipe Band (from Southern Maryland) will give a bagpipe tribute; and characters from Poe's stories will wander among guests before each show. Show times: 8 p.m. tomorrow, 7 p.m. Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Doors will open one hourefore the show. Cost: $20; $17 for ages 18 and under. Call 410-386-7932.
FOR THE RECORD - In yesterday's Live section, an incorrect telephone number was given for the Edgar Allan Poe birthday celebration, which takes place today, tomorrow and Sunday at Westminster Hall. The number for information is 410-396-7932.
The Sun regrets the error.
Temirkanov era begins
Internationally acclaimed conductor Yuri Temirkanov (pictured) will conduct his inaugural concerts as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's new music director today, tomorrow and Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Temirkanov will lead the orchestra at 8 tonight and tomorrow in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," featuring mezzo-soprano Nancy Maultsby, soprano Janice Chandler and the Baltimore Symphony Chorus. Saturday's concert, which begins at 11 a.m., will be in the Casual Series format. Cost: $22-$57 today and tomorrow; $16-$32 Saturday. Call 410-783-8000.
'First Arts 2000'
Howard Community College presents "First Arts 2000," a showcase of the arts, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. Listen to the HCC Jazz Ensemble, watch an open rehearsal of "The Mystery of Irma Vep" and learn about the history of horror films. Also: Chinese brush painting, mask making, ceramics and Native American poetry by Edgar Silex. At 6:30 p.m., attend the First Arts Concert Performance, which will feature a food-and-wine reception, followed by "I Rise," a collage of music and theater; "Carmina Burana: Selections in Concert," a passionate cantata; and "The Wizard of Oz: In Concert." (pictured). Cost: free for arts activities; concert tickets $100. Call 410-772-4452.
Reel in the Bass Expo, Saltwater Fishing & Fly Fishing Show, today through Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The event is said to be the East Coast's largest fishing show. Its promoters promise discount prices on fishing tackle, specials on bass and saltwater boats, many hard-to-find items and an auction of fishing tackle and wildlife art. Also, top fly-fishing educators will instruct youngsters in the art of fly-fishing, and there will be dozens of seminars led by renowned anglers. Show hours are noon-8 p.m. today and tomorrow; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Cost: $8; $4 ages 10-14; under 10 free. Call 410-252-0200 or visit www.fishingexpo.com.
'Arthur: A Live Adventure'
The popular Marc Brown character sings and dances in this theatrical adventure, Tuesday through Jan. 30 at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Shows at 7 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; matinees 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday. Cost: $16.50-$26.50. Call 410-752-1200.
Have a heart
"Heartfest 2000" honors Harry "Day-O" Belafonte (pictured), entertainer and advocate for heart-disease prevention, and world-renowned heart surgeon Dr. Levi Watkins Jr., 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn. Heartfest also will feature heart-healthy food from more than 20 Baltimore restaurants and caterers; "consumer education stations"; and dance music by Stevie V. and the Heart Attackers, a rock group composed of cardiologists and other health-care professionals. Proceeds benefit the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease. Cost: $75. Call 410-653-9968.
AROUND THE HARBOR
Swing down to the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., for Orioles FanFest 2000, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Walk among players Mike Mussina, Sidney Ponson, Jason Johnson, Mike Trombley, Albert Belle, Mike Bordick, Will Clark, Jesse Garcia, Jerry Hairston and manager Mike Hargrove. The annual festival includes children's baseball clinics and interactive games; fan forums with Orioles coaches, office executives and media members; baseball-card memorabilia; and autograph and photo sessions. Daily admission: $10 adults; $5 seniors and children under 14. Tickets available the day of event or through TicketMaster outlets, 410-481-SEAT. For more information, call 410-685-9800.
'Kickin' It With the Old Masters'
Multimedia and performance artist Joyce J. Scott displays her first major retrospective, "Joyce J. Scott Kickin' It With the Old Masters," Sunday through May 21 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. The show spans 30 years of art making and includes fiber arts, jewelry, beaded sculpture, prints, installation art and performance art. The exhibit is co-organized by the BMA and the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Call for a schedule of related activities: 410-396-6314.