Heartfest 2002 Sample heart-healthy gourmet food...


January 17, 2002|By Karin Remesch

Heartfest 2002

Sample heart-healthy gourmet food created by area chefs, sip fine wines and dance to the music of Stevie V and the Heart Attackers from 7:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday at Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Woodlawn. At Heartfest 2002, the 12th annual benefit for the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease, you can also meet Baltimore Colts legend Tom Matte and heart-disease-prevention advocate Mary Wilson (pictured), a singer who was formerly a member of the Supremes, a writer and an actress. The event's honored guests will be a couple whose medicine and music "touch the heart" -- Dr. James Weiss, professor of cardiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Dr. Susan Weiss, chair of musicology at the Peabody Conservatory. Tickets are $75. Call 410-560-0389.

Arenacross at the Arena

Professional Arenacross riders roar into the Baltimore Arena this weekend, ready to battle "the harshest track ever" during the eighth stop of the 2001 / 2002 season. The nonstop racing action includes the "Dash for Cash" (a four-lap, no rules race) and the extreme jump-off contest (a gravity-defying showcase of stunts some 30 feet in the air). Witness the nitro-burning motorcycles in action at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Racing continues at 2 p.m. Sunday with local amateur riders testing their skills on the track. Tickets are $8-$16; $2 additional if purchased on race day. The Baltimore Arena is located at 201 W. Baltimore St. Call 410-481-SEAT.


Organizations that pursue Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of equality will be honored when the second annual "Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade" steps off at noon Monday at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street. Led by grand marshal Hasim Rahman, the former heavyweight boxing champion, the parade will proceed south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and disband at Washington Boulevard. With the theme "Strength in Unity," the commemoration of King's birthday features floats, high-school and community marching bands, church choirs and equestrian units. Call 877-BALTIMORE.

International Guitar Night

International acoustic guitarists will perform their latest compositions and exchange musical ideas in a concert beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Showcasing the diversity and virtuosity of the acoustic guitar will be Brian Gore of San Francisco, Andrew York of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Brazilian master composer Paulo Bellinati and French finger-style innovator Pierre Bensusan. Tickets are $18. Call 410-356-SHOW.

Cheasapeake Bay Boat Show

Step aboard hundreds of boats -- from small flat types and personal watercraft to luxury cruisers and high-performance vessels -- at the Chesapeake Bay Boat Show, Saturday through Jan. 27 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. You can also examine engines, shop for marine accessories and nautical products and view demonstrations. And fisherman can test their skills at a trout-fishing pond and learn new techniques at seminars offered by professional anglers. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $3 and $8. Call 410-649-7360.

Poe birthday celebration

If you make your way to Westminster Hall this weekend to celebrate the 193rd anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's birth, you'll meet actor John Astin. Dressed as Poe, Astin will read from many of the tormented poet's works, including The Raven, The Haunted Palace and The Tell-Tale Heart. The annual birthday bash also features Tony Tsendeas and company in a re-creation of a 1940s-style radio broadcast of Poe's gruesome tale of revenge, The Cask of Amontillado; musical adaptations of Annabel Lee, Eldorado, To Helen and A Dream Within a Dream by pianist Clinton Adam and baritone Randal Woodfield; a bagpipe and drum tribute by the award-winning Rockville High School Band; and an apple cider "Toast to Poe" at the poet's graveside. Westminster Hall is located at Fayette and Greene streets. Program times are 8 p.m. tomorrow, 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18-$25. Call 410-396-7932.

David Alan Grier at the Improv

Ready for a good laugh? Check out comedian David Alan Grier's shtick this weekend at the new Baltimore Improv, 6 Market Place. One of the stars of television's In Living Color comedy show, Grier has also enjoyed success in the theater and in films. He'll present his stand-up routine at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. tomorrow; 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $22 and $25. Call 410-727-8500.

Horse World Expo

Trot down a "Stallion Avenue," attend educational seminars, watch mounting demonstrations and browse equine displays at the sixth annual Horse World Expo today through Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, York Road in Timonium. A "Parade of Breeds" and freestyle dressage demonstrations are also part of the equine extravaganza. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8; $4 ages 10-14; free under 10. Call 410-668-2800.

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