Salsabration Sample hot salsa and...

AROUND THE HARBOR

July 20, 2000|By Karin Remesch

AROUND THE HARBOR

Salsabration

Sample hot salsa and cool margaritas at Salsabration 2000, a salsa cook-off and margarita contest from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bohager's at Parrot Island, 701 S. Eden St. Chefs from a variety of restaurants, including Loco Hombre, One World Cafe, Chili's, Chi-Chi's and Rocky Run, and area bartenders will whip up their specialties before the watchful eyes of celebrity judges. And you can cast your vote for the People's Choice Award. Proceeds benefit the Fuel Fund of Maryland. Tickets are $15. Call 410-547-7157.

Book signing at Constellation

Chat with Lonn W. Taylor, historian with the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, as he signs his book, "The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag That Inspired Our National Anthem," from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the historic USS Constellation, Pier 1, Inner Harbor. Books will be available for sale in the museum store. All proceeds benefit the Star-Spangled Banner Preservation Project. The Constellation is open for tours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Admission is $6.50, $5 seniors, $3.50 ages 6-14. Call 410-539-3313.

Adventures in Africa

Children can meet Baltimore Zoo animals indigenous to the African continent, have their faces painted with wild-animal images, listen to stories, enjoy a magic show and more from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. The "Adventures in Africa" program is being held in conjunction with the center's current exhibit, "Africa: One Continent. Many Worlds." The program is free with the Science Center admission price of $8.50-$11.50. Summer hours are 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays-Wednesdays; 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. Call 410-685-5225.

Leon Redbone at Rams Head

Wearing his signature tailored suit, hat and sunglasses, Leon Redbone will pick his acoustic guitar and sing in his trademark rumbling voice at 8:30 p.m. today at Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St. in Annapolis. The performer, who popularized the beer jingle "This Bud's for You," will present songs ranging in style from classical to blues and folk tunes. Tickets are $22.50. Call 410-268-4545.

Cycle Across Maryland

Take a vacation on two wheels, and discover the charm, beauty and history of Southern Maryland. Cycle Across Maryland XII starts tomorrow and runs through July 27. If you're not up to pedaling for six days, you can opt for a three-day mini tour. Cyclists travel at a leisurely pace and cover about 50 miles a day. The route winds through rural Southern Maryland, meandering over rolling terrain, through Amish enclaves, past tobacco fields and historical treasures. In the evening, enjoy a crab feast, beach party, baseball game or concert. There are even activities for non-riders. Registration fee for nonriders starts at $45; the cost for riders is $155-$275. Call 410-653-8288 or 888-226-7433.

Praise Fest

Listen to gospel sounds, attend seminars, sample a variety of food and enjoy family activities from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Millennium Praise Fest 2000 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, York Road in Timonium. Sponsored by the gospel radio station Heaven 600-AM, the indoor/outdoor festival features such national gospel recording artists as Commissioned, Chris Byrd, Keith "Wonder Boy" Johnson and the Miami Mass Choir. Admission is free. Call 410-653-2200.

BSO community concert

Join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in celebrating 10 years of community outreach at a free concert at 7:30 p.m. today at New Shiloh Baptist Church, 2100 N. Monroe St. The BSO founded its Community Outreach Committee a decade ago "to strengthen and build lasting ties among all segments of the African-American community." Tonight's performance, led by guest conductor Leslie B. Dunner (pictured), includes Bartok's Rumanian Folk Dances, Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite (1949 revision), Haydn's Symphony No. 6 and Adolphus Hailstork's Symphony No. 1 and "An American Fanfare." Free tickets must be picked up in advance at the church between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; tickets are also available at the BSO box office, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Call 410-783-8000.

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