Jazz At The Bma

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May 23, 2002|By Mary Carole McCauley

Nnenna Freelon is on her third career. The mother of three and former health-care worker from Durham, N.C., is one of the rising stars in the jazz field. She has released three albums (including, most recently, the well-received Soulcall) and has won the Billie Holiday Award, the Eubie Blake Award and two Soul Train Music Award nominations. You can sample her signature style at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Art's "Spring Into Jazz" fund-raiser, which kicks off BMA's summer jazz series. The event takes place at the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive, and includes appetizers and a wine bar, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $65. Call 410-396-6001.

Sci-fi convention

May it live long and prosper. Balticon 36, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society's 36th annual science fiction convention, will be held tomorrow through Monday at the Wyndham Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St. Along with such events as the annual masquerade competition, the convention will include briefings from scientists and researchers on topics ranging from the Hubble Space Telescope to genetic engineering to the extinction of dinosaurs. There also will be an art show; a dealers' room; a writers' workshop, movies and games. Hours are 2 p.m. to 3 a.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. A weekend pass costs $50 for adults and $25 for children ages 6 to 12. One- and two-day memberships cost $10-$35. Call 410-563-2737 or visit www.balticon.org.

Bike Jam in Patterson Park

Ever since early man invented the wheel, humans have tried to see how fast it could go. (We are quite sure that early woman had nothing to do with it, probably because she was busy discovering fire.) Seeing how fast wheels can go is the motivation behind the third annual Bike Jam, which wheels through Patterson Park, 27 S. Patterson Park Ave., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The event includes races (of course), bike safety demonstrations, performances on bikes, and a parade featuring such decorated, human-powered vehicles as rickshaws, wheelbarrows, tricycles and skateboards. There also will be music, food and beverages. Call 410-342-0600 or visit www.bikejam.org.

Jefferson Starship concert

It's been a long and fabulous ride for Jefferson Starship. The group, which plays from the rich songbook of its predecessor, Jefferson Airplane, will land in Annapolis for two concerts on Monday at the Rams Head Tavern, 33 West St. The Starship has old and new players, including songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Paul Kantner and vocalist Marty Balin, two original Airplane members who helped develop the "San Francisco Sound" in the 1960s and 1970s with such songs as White Rabbit and Somebody to Love. Tickets for each show (7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) cost $25. Call 410-268-4545.

John Lennon the artist

Before John Lennon was a Beatle, he was a visual artist. He attended art school in Liverpool for six years, and even after he became famous, he continued to sketch. His drawings ranged from erotic works to pieces that he created for his son Sean. These works, as well as song-lyric manuscripts by John, will be shown in an exhibit and sale tomorrow through Sunday at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St. Hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 and benefits the Children's Miracle Network. Call 410-547-1200.

16th annual Herb Festival

Put a little spice in your life on Saturday at the 16th annual Baltimore Herb Festival. The event will include woodland walks to search for medicinal and edible wild herbs, cooking demonstrations, herbs and herb-related items for sale, and an herbal lunch, perhaps featuring ginger, this year's featured herb. There also will be train rides on replicas of miniature steam, diesel and electric locomotives. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Leakin Park at Forest Park Avenue and Windsor Mill Road. Admission is $5. Call 410-496-4655 or visit www.baltimoreherbfestival.com.

Memorial Day Ceremonies

The first Memorial Day after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has heightened meaning. You can pay your respects to all the nation's honored dead -- soldiers and civilians -- on Monday during two free ceremonies. A 10:30 a.m. observance at Loudon Park National Cemetery, 3445 Frederick Road, will include military salutes by Civil War units, prayers, orations, period music and decoration of the graves. Call 410-426-8190. A ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at the Circle of the Immortals in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road in Timonium, will pay tribute to the six Marylanders killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon, and Marine Trae Cohee of Mardela Springs, who died overseas. The keynote speaker will be the CIA's second-in-command, A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard, a Baltimore native. Call 410-666-0490.

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