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August 08, 2002|By Sun Staff

Festivals

Celebrating the legacy of Kunta Kinte

Kunta Kinte, the slave immortalized by author Alex Haley in Roots, landed in Annapolis in September 1767. This weekend, celebrate Kunta Kinte's legacy, and the historic contributions of African-American, Caribbean and African cultures to this country at the 15th annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival at St. John's College, 60 College Ave. in Annapolis. Two stages will showcase African, Caribbean, calypso, R&B, doo-wop and jazz acts. Children can make crafts from beads, listen to stories and learn to dance and drum at the children's tent. The festival also includes educational vendors, arts and craft vendors, and food vendors serving international cuisine. The celebration runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets cost $3 and $5. Call 410-349-0338 or log on to www.kuntakinte.org.

Trinidad and Tobago Days

Experience the food, music, art, crafts and culture of the "Twin-Island Republic" this weekend. Yes, it's time again for the annual Trinidad and Tobago Days Festival in Baltimore's Clifton Park, on St. Lo Drive off Harford Road. Tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, enjoy calypso, steel-band, jazz and soca music; try authentic Caribbean dishes; do the limbo and other T&T folk dances; and learn about the history of the islands. Hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Call 410-925-8876.

Observing art in progress

You might think of the annual Annapolis Art Walk as your chance to bother the artists. Tonight from 5 to 9, you can watch artists work as you visit any of 20 galleries in downtown Annapolis. For example, Ann Munro Wood will do an oil painting of a dog in the style of the Old Masters, while Nicole Samples will exhibit her technique of layering watercolor, bleach and pastels. The Art Walk will include refreshments and musical entertainment, and it goes on rain or shine. Patrons are urged to park in local garages. For gallery locations, call 410-267-7077 or visit www.artinannapolis.com.

Music

TOOL-ING AROUND AT THE ARENA

What kind of band is Tool? Good question. Some critics call the quartet the Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin of the 21st century. Others call Tool's neo-metal sound a raw blend of alternative and hard rock. You can draw your own conclusions when the band plays the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tool, which first snagged national attention on 1993's Lollapalooza tour, insists on complete artistic freedom when creating its music, album covers, videos and set designs for live shows. The results are often controversial but never tame. Brace yourself for face paint or quirky film sequences at the show. Tickets are $38.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Grassroots music in the park

Can you handle it? Ten hours of grassroots music at Oregon Ridge Park Saturday, that is. It's the third annual Walther's Grassroots Music & Arts Festival, featuring performances by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (pictured), Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Keller Williams, Charlie Hunter, the John Scofield Band and others. In addition, there will be arts and crafts booths, a Kids Play Place, food and beverages. Tickets are $38 in advance, $45 at the gate. Children under 12 are free. Gates open at 11 a.m.; the music starts at noon. No coolers or outside alcohol. The park is located at 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. For tickets, call 800-594-TIXX or www.jambasetickets.com. For more event information, visit www.walther-productions.com.

Bel Air's BBQ Bash

Calling all piggies -- this weekend is your chance to holler for the hogs and munch on prize-winning victuals at the BBQ Bash on Main Street in downtown Bel Air. The weekend's climax will be the Maryland State BBQ Championship Cook-Off, carrying cash prizes totaling $10,000. Other events include a hayride, a flea market, barbecuing demonstrations, square-dancing, a hog-hollering contest and performances by bluegrass and country bands. The bash takes place tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission is free. Call 410-879-6780 or visit www.belairBBQbash.com.

Keep your eye on the ball

Follow the bouncing ball to the Maryland Table Tennis Association's table-tennis tournament Saturday and Sunday at Carrolltown Center Mall, Ridge Road and Route 26 in Eldersburg. Competition begins at 9 a.m. both days. Take part in the tournament or come out for the free entertainment. Participants (novice, advanced, junior and senior) can purchase a one-day membership at a cost of $6 for adults, $4 for juniors, students and seniors, and $10 for a family. The entry deadline is tomorrow. Call 410-988-9777 or visit the Maryland Table Tennis Association's Web site at www.corner.net / mdtta.

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