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July 18, 2002

By George, he's funny

George Wallace is coming to town. No, not George Wallace the Deep South politician. He left this world a few years back, remember? The George Wallace who rolls into Baltimore tomorrow is a standout stand-up comedian. The 1995 winner of the American Comedy Award for Best Stand-up Comedian, Wallace has been called (by peers) "the guy who can roll over the room if it's dead." Can't get much funnier than that. Catch him at the Improv, 6 Market Place, tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 410-727-8500.

Your ticket to the Caribbean

All this weekend, you can pretend to be on vacation in the Caribbean. The three-day Caribbean Carnival / Festival kicks off tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Baltimore's Druid Hill Park and continues through Sunday night. Highlights are a parade from the 5400 block of Park Heights Ave. to the park, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday; soca, reggae and steel-drum music; Caribbean cuisine (fried plantains, jerk chicken and curried goat, anyone?); and arts and crafts booths. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Friday's festivities are free; admission is $5 Saturday and Sunday. Children under 12 are free. Call 410-230-2969 or 301-390-7552.

Opera under the stars

You can enjoy a little night music at the Opera al Fresco performance at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis. The performance, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, will feature Broadway show tunes and light-opera selections. The public is invited to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the vocal stylings of four singers with the Annapolis Opera: Julie Duerichen, Alice Dillon, Keith Hudsperth and Robert Cantrell -- all conducted by Ron Gertz, the Annapolis Opera's artistic director. The concert is free, but there is a parking fee of $4 per car ($2 for cars with handicapped tags). Call 410-267-8135 or visit www.annapolisopera.org.

Overtaken by 'pyrates'

Sure, there will be pyrates everywhere on the Pyrates Cruise on the Chesapeake, but you won't have to hide your treasure chest, your jewels or your gold if you ship out of Annapolis with them. Just sit back and enjoy the show aboard the Harbor Queen. The zany Pyrates Royale perform sea chanteys, bawdy tavern songs and folk tunes. If that's not enough, they're holding a contest for "Best Wench" and "Best Pyrate," with prizes going to participants who best display the bawdy spirit of the pyrate lifestyle. The cruise takes place tonight from 7:30 to 10:30; departure is from the City Dock. Tickets, which include a three-hour cruise, a picnic dinner and entertainment, are $35. Proceeds benefit the First Night Annapolis programs. For tickets or more information, call 410-268-8553 or log on to www.firstnightannapolis.org.

A crafty idea

The American Craft Council's annual gig at the Convention Center is reputed to be the biggest and best crafts fair in the nation. Baltimoreans drop so much money there each February that organizers are giving us a chance to spend twice. For the first time in the show's three-decades-plus history, a smaller summer version of it is being held. Some 200 craft artists will bring their wares (ceramics, glass, wood, metal, fiber, jewelry, clothing, sculpture and more) to the Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday. Tickets cost $7 each day; a two-day pass costs $12. Children younger than 12 are admitted free. Call 410-583-5401 or visit www.craftcouncil.org.

A boatload of fun

If you overlooked the tall ship Danmark during its visit to Baltimore during the OpSail 2000 event, you might want to step aboard during its return stop. The 253-foot steel vessel is docked at the Inner Harbor and open to visitors through Sunday. Free tours will take place today, tomorrow and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The ship will remain at the harbor through July 27. Call 410-837-4636 or log on to www.SailBaltimore.org.

Stepping Out for the Hungry

Runners and walkers are invited to take part this Sunday in the 5K Bun Run and one-mile walk to benefit Our Daily Bread, a Baltimore soup kitchen. The run / walk starts at 8 a.m. at St. Joseph Medical Center, Osler Drive in Towson. Fees range from $15-$18. All participants will be given a T-shirt, and winners in various age categories will be awarded random prizes. For more information, call race director Dave Cooley at 410-377-8882, e-mail him at dcoolman@comcast.net or visit www.finishedproduct.com.

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