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Isaac Hayes and Cyrus Chestnut

May 09, 2002|By Mary Carole McCauley | Mary Carole McCauley,SUN STAFF

Music

Isaac Hayes and Cyrus Chestnut

Make way for the Sultan of Cool. Isaac Hayes, who recently was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is coming to Baltimore tomorrow for an evening of jazz. Hayes is perhaps best known for his soundtrack for the film Shaft (he was the first African-American to win an Oscar for best film score) and as the voice of Chef on the irreverent TV cartoon South Park. Joining Hayes at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., will be Baltimorean Cyrus Chestnut and his quartet. The concert will include such hits as The Shadow of Your Smile and Going to Chicago. Tickets cost $34-$58. Call 410-783-8000 or visit www.baltimoresymphony.com.

Baltimore Blues Festival

How can the blues make you feel so sunny? Explore that little mystery at the Baltimore Blues Festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Patterson Park, Eastern and Linwood avenues. More than 17 artists and bands have been booked at the free weekend festival on two stages, including Big Jesse Yawn (pictured) & His Music Men, Chicago Blues Angels, Janine Wilson, Automatic Slim, Catfish Hodge and Lou Pride. Vendors will sell discounted musical instruments and rare American roots music recordings. Local restaurants will serve such treats as crab cakes, country ham, vegetarian dishes and, of course, beer. Call 410-494-9558 or visit www.baltimorebluesfestival.com.

Performance

'Where the Wild Things Are'

Bring your little monsters to a dance version of Maurice Sendak's classic children's tale Where the Wild Things Are in the Amoss Center at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. The Washington Ballet production, choreographed by Septime Weber, follows the impish Max on an imaginative journey that includes a forest rising up out of his bedroom and a jaunty little ship that takes him on an enchanted journey. As part of the program, which takes place at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, young audience members will come on stage and help create a ballet. Premier tickets cost $35 for all ages, while orchestra tickets cost $25 for adults and $17 for those aged 17 and younger. Call 410-836-4211.

Poetry for Mom

William Wordsworth famously wrote: "The child is father to the man." He got it half-right. And on Saturday, some of the region's best-known male poets will honor the parent that Wordsworth forgot. At the sixth annual Mother's Day Poetry Reading, nine poets, including Kwame Alexander, Christopher Conlon (pictured), David Beaudouin and Michael Fallon will read their own verse, some of which will explore the mother-son relationship. Start Mother's Day off right by making a date with Mom for the free event beginning at 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 601 E. Pratt St. Call 410-385-1709.

Pictures at an exhibition

Here's your chance to look at Baltimore -- and life -- from the point of view of some Baltimore youngsters. The opening reception for the second annual Face of Baltimore exhibit will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the BaltimoreGallery, 4519 Eastern Ave. In a program sponsored by the gallery, about 60 local high school students were given disposable cameras and told to record the people they saw in their communities. The free exhibit of their work will run through June 9. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Call 410-276-7966.

Laying down the lawn

This is your chance to walk on hallowed ground -- or rather, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which is as hallowed as it gets in Charm City. Join Orioles head groundskeeper Al Capitos at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Babe Ruth Museum, 216 Emory St. At an event called "The Grass Is Always Green," Capitos will explain how he keeps Baltimore's most famous yard manicured and discuss the Orioles' decision to move home plate. Participants will then walk two blocks to the ballpark, where Capitos will lead an on-field tour. Cost: regular museum admission of $6, $4 for seniors and $3 for children ages 5-16. Free for museum members and children aged 4 and younger. Call 410-727-1539.

Blossoms

The Flower Mart

Limber up that green thumb. Baltimore's annual tribute to Flower Power will be held from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Vernon Square, near Charles and Monument streets. In addition to a lush array of bedding and exotic flowers, the 85th annual Flower Mart will offer maypole dancers, a hat contest, a celebrity tea, a fantasy hair contest, an urban market, dancing, and a concert from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free. Call 410-323-0022 or visit www.flowermart.org.

Cylburn Market Day

Are the kids crabby? Is your boss cantankerous? Soothe your frazzled nerves by spending time with a life form that thrives with minimal attention. From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Cylburn Market Day, you can choose among annuals, perennials, vegetables, wildflowers, ferns, rare plants and flowering gift baskets for Mother's Day. There will be refreshments, crafts for sale and children's activities on the west lawn of the Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave. Suggested donation: $2 per car. Call 410-367-2217.

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