Mama Fest From jazz and blues to gospel, zydeco, reggae...

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June 15, 2000|By Karin Remesch

Mama Fest

From jazz and blues to gospel, zydeco, reggae and roots rhythms, there will be music to everyone's liking tomorrow and Saturday at the second annual "Mid-Atlantic Music and Arts Festival: Mama Fest 2000" at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The lineup includes Merl Saunders & His Funky Friends, Cold Mountain Rhythm Band, Dr. John (pictured), John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Cha's and the Kelly Bell Band. Hours are 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Tickets in advance are $25 for one day and $40 for both days; at the gate $35 and $50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Piano concerto

Pianist Alexander Toradze joins maestro Yuri Temirkanov (pictured) and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The program also features Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique," which will be performed again in the BSO's Casual Series, 11 a.m. Saturday. Unreserved seat vouchers today and tomorrow, $22. Saturday tickets, $16 - $32 Call 410-783-8000.

Juneteenth

Celebrate Juneteenth on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Park, Seton Hill, 606 N. Paca St. The African-American holiday commemorates June 19, 1865, the date Union Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to set free the slaves -- two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. The festivities include historical lectures, walking tours, singing, hand dancing, underground railroad tour, a quilting bee, soul food and jazz, blues and gospel music. Admission is free. Call 410-467-2724.

'Preacher's Kids'

"Preacher's Kids," a gospel-inspired musical that addresses the intergenerational conflicts between hip-hop kids and their parents, kicks off a nationwide 10-city tour at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. The musical features, among others, Destiny's Child, John Witherspoon and Tanya Blount. Tickets are $7 and $32.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Comedy Care 2000

Laughter not only will be the best medicine for you at Goucher College on Saturday, it'll also help raise money for Health Care for the Homeless. Comedy Care 2000 features the stand-up routine of Caroline Rhea (pictured), beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Goucher's Kraushaar Auditorium, Dulaney Valley Road in Towson. The actress and comedian is known for her role as the feisty Aunt Hilda on the television show "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch." Also appearing are Mario Joyner and Judy Gold. Tickets are $25. VIP tickets, $100, include the show and pre-show reception. Call 410-837-5533, Ext. 333.

Baltimore Blues Festival

More than 25 national and regional artists will be picking guitars, blowing horns and singing the blues at the 6th annual Baltimore Blues Festival, tomorrow through Sunday at the Baltimore Yacht Basin, 2600 Insulator Drive. Among the many artists stepping on stage are Mary Lou & the Untouchables, Jumpin' Hailstones, Texas Johnny Brown, Trudy Lynn, Tommy Dardar, Catfish Hodge, Big Jesse Yawn (pictured), Kelly Bell and Little Ray. The festival will also feature plenty of food, beer and booths offering crafts, books, compact discs and collectibles related to blues music. Hours are 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. tomorrow, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 a day, free under age 13 and over 65; $10 three-day pass, advance only. Proceeds benefit Hungry for Music and Project Millennium, which provide musical education for disadvantaged children and seniors and free music programs for youth. Call 410-494-9558.

Maryland Arts Festival

Where can you enjoy seven straight weeks of song, dance, drama, art and film? At the Maryland Arts Festival, tomorrow through July 29 at Towson University. The festival, which showcases the work of professionals and Towson faculty, alumni and students, opens with "Full Gallop," a comic play about Diana Vreeland, fashion oracle and editor of Vogue and Harper's Bazaar magazines. It runs through July 1 in the Center for the Arts Studio Theatre on campus. Other productions and exhibits in this year's festival include "John Blair Mitchell: A Retrospective," an art show, tomorrow-July 29; "Opera on Film," June 16, 23, 30 and July 7; "Noises Off," a comic play by Michael Frayn, June 24-July 15; "By George! By Ira! By Gershwin!" a rhapsody of musical theater, July 1; "The World Goes 'Round," a musical revue, July 7-29; "The Wizard of Oz," a theatrical version of the classic film, July 15-29; and "En L'Air," a combination of ballet, modern and jazz dance, July 28-29. Subscription tickets for the theater productions are $60, the opera screenings $24. Individual tickets range from $8 to $21. Call 410-830-ARTS.

AROUND THE HARBOR

CitySand

Equipped with buckets, hand tools and 100 cubic feet of sand, teams of architects will vie to build the best themed sand sculpture from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. The event is part of the celebration of Harborplace's 20th birthday. A panel of judges will select the winners of the competition, while spectators cast their votes for the "People's Choice Award." Admission is free. Call 800-HARBOR-1.

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