The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, led by maestro Yuri Temirkanov, kicks off its 2001-2002 season with three concerts today through Saturday at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Joining the orchestra will be pianist Emanuel Ax (pictured). The program features a preview of works from the orchestra's upcoming European tour, including Debussy's La Mer, Ravel's La Valse and Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 14. The concerts start at 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $26-$68. Call 410-783-8000.
Students of the Maryland School for the Blind will climb into Porsches Saturday and serve as navigators in the Chesapeake Region Porsche Club of America's second annual Braille Rally. Reading Braille directions, students will lead drivers (beginning at 8 a.m.) from Lucent Technologies in Hunt Valley to the MSB's campus on Taylor Avenue in Parkville. Once all teams have reached their destination, BrailleFest 2001 begins -- featuring a Porsche Car Show, softball and beep ball, dessert bingo, live music, carnival games, face painting, food and more from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of technology devices for blind students. Admission is free. Call 410-319-5728.
Decorator Show House
More than 20 designers and landscapers have transformed a 250-year-old mansion into Historic Ellicott City Inc.'s 17th annual Decorator Show House. You can tour the house, known as Dorsey Hall, from Saturdaythrough Oct. 14. Among the 23 newly designed spaces are a master bedroom with brass-framed bed and faux-marble antique fireplace and a back staircase inspired by the boardgame Clue. The show house is at 5100 Dorsey Hall Drive, near the intersection of Routes 29 and 108. Hours vary. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 410-461-6908.
JONES FALLS VALLEY CELEBRATION
Discover the hidden beauty of the Jones Falls -- a stream with waterfalls and abundant wildlife that winds under Baltimore's concrete byways. As part of the fourth annual Jones Falls Valley Celebration, you can canoe or kayak the stream from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, starting at Robert E. Lee Park. On Sunday, run the Jones Falls Expressway in an 8K race that starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Poly-Western high-school complex. And from 9 a.m. to noon, stroll, bike, skate or push a baby carriage along the closed-to-traffic northbound lanes of the highway. Also on Sunday, you can walk through the Jones Falls Valley and neighborhoods, climb rocks, take a nature hike, plant a tree and enjoy food, exhibits and children's activities -- all part of the Festival on the Falls, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, 1901 Falls Road. Call 410-528-8706.
Kennedys at Cellar Stage
The Kennedys -- Pete and Maura -- will present vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar melodies at a concert of contemporary and traditional folk music with a pop twist Saturday at 8 p.m. at the newly renovated Cellar Stage. The alcohol- and smoke-free venue is located in the basement of St. John's United Methodist Church, 5315 Harford Road. Also performing will be the acoustic folk duo Side by Side, acoustic alternative musician Jasaga, and the Mammals, a traditional folk group. Tickets are $16. Call 410-521-9099.
Maryland Wine Festival
Raise your glass and toast Maryland's fruitful vineyards this weekend at the Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster. Sample wines offered by 11 Maryland wineries, taste food created by area chefs, attend educational seminars, watch winemaking demonstrations, browse craft exhibits and enjoy continuous musical entertainment. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission of $15 for ages 21 and older includes a logo-engraved glass and 10 wine samples. Those under 21 are admitted free with a paying adult. Call 410-848-7775 or 800-654-4645.
AROUND THE HARBOR
Collect pledges, lace up your walking shoes and participate in the Baltimore Heart Walk Saturday, sponsored by St. Joseph Medical Center. The annual 5K, noncompetitive walk winds along Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The cardiovascular activity will benefit your own heart as well as raise money to help fight heart disease and stroke. You can walk as part of a team or as an individual. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Rash Field; the walk starts at 9 a.m. Call 410-685-7074.
'Antioch: The Lost Ancient City'
Mosaics, antiquities from the early years of Christianity, gold and silver coins that span nine centuries and Roman sculpture are on view Sunday through Dec. 30 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Featuring 160 treasures created nearly 2,000 years ago and excavated in the 1930s, "Antioch: The Lost Ancient City" is on display in galleries arranged to evoke a sense of lifestyle in the second-to-sixth centuries A.D. in Antioch, one of the great cities of the Roman Empire. In the exhibition's activity center, visitors can sift through sand at a mini-excavation site to discover their own artifacts, or try their hand at replicating intricate mosaic patterns. Museum hours vary. Admission is $7, $5 seniors and college students, free ages 18 and under. Call 410-396-7100.