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August 15, 2002|By Helen B. Jones and Mary Carole McCauley

Festivals

JAM Reggae Festival at Clifton Park

Last weekend the Trinidad and Tobago Days festival rocked Clifton Park. This weekend, the annual JAM Reggae Festival does the honors. Enjoy music by reggae bands (Jah Works, pictured, Dema Roots and Strykers Posse, among them), arts and crafts, ethnic food and drinks, kids' games, folk dancing and more. Hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free tomorrow, $7 Saturday and $10 Sunday. Children under 12 are free. Call 410-433-4158.

Stone Soul Picnic

Another summer, another Stone Soul Picnic in Druid Hill Park. Surry on down Saturday for arts, crafts, community and health information, kids' activities and, of course, lots of big-name music. Scheduled performers include Keith Sweat, the Softones, Mary Mary, Tony Terry, Glenn Jones and Regina Belle (pictured). Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Free admission; $5 parking fee. Call 410-332-8200.

German Festival at Carroll Park

Put some gemutlichkeit into your life this weekend at the 102nd annual German Festival. Baltimore's oldest ethnic celebration will be big on gemutlichkeit, which translates loosely as hospitality and good times. Visitors to Carroll Park at Washington Boulevard and Bush Street can indulge in such treats as schnitzel and strudel; buy crafts and clothing including beer steins, wood carvings, dirndls and lederhosen; watch the Schuhplatters dancers in colorful folk costumes; and tap their feet to music by German bands. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free until 5 p.m. Friday, and throughout the festival for children. At other times, admission is $4 for those 12 and older. Call 410-522-4144 or visit www.md-germans.org.

FOR HORROR-FILM LOVERS

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Fanex 16, a convention of horror-film lovers, will conjure up silver-screen images of all things gory, ghoulish, bloody and macabre this weekend at the Days Hotel and Conference Center, 9615 Deereco Road in Timonium. Fanex members and the general public can see horror films from all eras; attend talks on topics such as horror's greatest decade, Jack the Ripper and obsessed film fans; take a horror-film trivia quiz; buy all manner of horror-movie items from vendors; and meet with Hollywood horror stars Carol Lynley, John Saxon and Suzanna Leigh. Hours are 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 a day, $30 for the weekend. Children under 12 free. Call 410-665-1198 or visit www.midmar.com.

Tommy Davidson at the Improv

He made you howl in the movie Strictly Business; he made you split your sides in the hit TV comedy series In Living Color; he made you roll on the floor in his Showtime specials. Now laugh in Tommy Davidson's face. The stand-up star and actor takes the stage at the Baltimore Improv today through Sunday. Show times are 8:30 tonight, 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. tomorrow, 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 today and Sunday, $22 tomorrow and Saturday. The Improv is located at 6 Market Place, in the Power Plant Live! Call 410-727-8500.

Havre de Grace Art Show

See art on the waterfront at the 39th annual Havre de Grace Art Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Tydings Memorial Park. The park, which overlooks the Susquehanna River and the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay, will be filled with works by more than 200 artists and craftspeople from around the country. Among the items on display and for sale: drawings, paintings, sculptures, glass, jewelry, pottery, basketry and woodworks. There also will be children's activities and music by bluegrass bands. Admission is free. Havre de Grace is located off Interstate 95. Take Exit 89 and follow the signs. Call 410-939-9342.

Arm-wrestling event

Get a grip and try your hand at arm wrestling at the GNC Pro Performance Baltimore Regional Arm Wrestling Tournament from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on the plaza at Power Plant Live! Men and women can wrestle in one of five weight divisions for cash prizes and a chance to go to the National Arm Wrestling Championships in New York City next month. Also, meet Dave Patton (pictured, right), a former world champion arm wrestler, who'll be competing in his weight class. The fee to compete is a $20 proof of purchase of a GNC Pro Performance product or a $20 donation to Special Olympics. Spectators admitted free. Power Plant Live! is located at 34 Market Place. Call 800-229-4758, Ext. 451.

The Righteous Brothers

They've been described as "the essence of blue-eyed soul." At 8 p.m. Wednesday , Bill Medley and David Hatfield, aka the Righteous Brothers, will perform one concert at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The duo, who have performed together for nearly four decades, are best known for such hits as "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and "Unchained Melody" -- both originally recorded in the 1960s. In addition, Medley recorded the 1987 hit single "(I've Had) the Time of My Life," a duet with Jennifer Warnes from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. Tickets cost $25-$55. Call 410-481-SEAT or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

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