Charles Village Festival Celebrate one of Charm City's...


May 30, 2002|By Mary Carole McCauley

Charles Village Festival

Celebrate one of Charm City's funkiest neighborhoods at the sixth annual Charles Village Festival this weekend. Events in and around the Wyman Park Dell, 29th and Charles streets, include a 5K run, a 1K kids' fun run and a parade on Saturday. On Sunday, you can explore some of the gardens behind the neighborhood's intriguing Victorian facades. On both days, there will be crafts by local artists, food and beer, children's games and free live music. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (Note: The races kick off at 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Saturday.) Call 410-662-7777.

The poet's corner

A free poetry reading on Sunday celebrates the strange chemistry that occurs when words on a page jostle against one another, and almost seem to glow. The 3 p.m. reading at the Learning Bank, 1200 W. Baltimore St., will feature four local poets: Michael Collier, Maryland's poet laureate; Denise Gantt (aka Kumani); Sasha Sun West and Moira Egan. The event is one of a series of readings aimed at increasing awareness about adult literacy. Call 410-659-5452.

Pitching for Chuck Thompson

Since 1949, such Chuck Thompson catch phrases as "Ain't the beer cold" and "Go to war, Miss Agnes" have been indelibly etched in the memories of Baltimore baseball fans. Thompson, a Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame announcer who was diagnosed a few years ago with macular degeneration, will be honored at an event sponsored by the Maryland Society for Sight at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway.

The event will feature Dontae Wilson and his jazz quartet, dinner, dancing and a silent auction of sports memorabilia. It also will include tributes to Thompson from such Baltimore sports legends as Boog Powell, Lenny Moore and Jim Parker. Tickets cost $75. Call 410-243-2020.

The Big Apple Circus

Bring on the clowns. There will be plenty of bozos on stage, along with a dog act, aerial performers, a balancing act, jugglers and a fiery finale, when the Big Apple Circus, Circus to Go! sets up stakes tomorrow in the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. The circus, which begins at 7 p.m., is sponsored by Advocates for Children and Youth, which is working to improve the lives of Maryland's youngest citizens. Tickets cost $20-$125. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit

Come to the 'Cabaret'

Cabaret is one of the darkest -- and most irresistible -- accounts of decadence ever written. And the Kander and Ebb hit musical is coming to the Lyric Opera House on Tuesday for eight performances. Through such familiar songs as Money and Tomorrow Belongs to Me, the show traces the love affair between the British nightclub singer Sally Bowles and an American writer in Germany as the Third Reich is coming to power. Performances at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., are 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $36-$56. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit

'America's Jazz Fest'

Jazz-fan alert: This weekend, the Merriweather Post Pavilion will feature the smooth licks and soulful interpretations of such artists as Nancy Wilson, David Sanborn (pictured), Down to the Bone, Randy Crawford and Ramsey Lewis. "America's Jazz Fest" begins at noon Saturday and Sunday at the pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Reserved seats cost $39.50 per day and seats on the lawn cost $10.59 per day. Children 12 and younger are admitted to the lawn for free. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit

BSO sets off a 'Latin Explosion!'

We dare you not to dance when you hear the pulsating Latin rhythms and spicy salsa beats at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's "Latin Explosion!" concerts. Joining conductor Jeff Tzyik as part of the BSO's SuperPops series will be the Mambo Kings (pictured), a salsa quartet performing traditional Afro-Cuban music and such crowd-pleasing pop favorites as The Malaguena. Show times at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. are 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $25-$70. Call 410-783-8000 or visit

That '70s sound

Boomers, you can relive your misspent youth at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow when the "Under the Stars" tour stops off at Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. The evening features top '70s rock acts America, Ambrosia, Christopher Cross, John Ford Coley and Gary Wright, who doubtless will perform their big hits. You can embarrass your children by singing along to such oldies as Horse With No Name, Sailing and Magic. Tickets cost $25.50-$35. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit

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