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September 12, 2002|By Mary Carole McCauley and Helen B. Jones

The Indigo Girls

The Indigo Girls -- Amy Ray and Emily Saliers -- will bring their acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins and bouzoukis, as well as their fine voices, to the Pier Six Concert Pavilion tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Expect to hear songs from the Grammy-winning folk-rock duo's newest CD, Become You. Tickets are $23.50-$33.50. Pier Six is located at 731 Eastern Ave. Call 410-481-SEAT.

BSO's season opener

He's b-a-a-a-c-k! Maestro Yuri Temirkanov returns this weekend for the opening concert of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2002-2003 season. Concertgoers can sample several works that will be performed when the orchestra tours Japan this fall: Weber's overture to Oberon, Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor (featuring pianist Michie Koyama, pictured) and Brahms' Symphony No. 4 in E minor. Performances are 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets cost $26-$72. Call 410-783-8000 or visit www.baltimoresymphony.com.

'Devilish divas'

They call themselves the "devilish divas," but they have the voices of angels. You can hear Ethel Ennis, Ruby Glover (pictured), Lea Gilmore and Joyce J. Scott perform in the Once in a Blue Moon benefit concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. Tickets cost $65 per person for the concert alone, or $125 per person for the concert and a post-performance reception with the divas. Proceeds go to the Women's Housing Coalition. Call 410-332-0033 or visit www.womenshousing.org.

Pig Heaven

To see some real hams, trot on down to the first Pigtown Festival Saturday. The free festival, which runs from noon to 5 p.m. behind the B&O Railroad Museum at the corner of Parkin and McHenry streets, will include an event described as "the running of the pigs." It, we are promised, will be every bit as thrilling as the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. There also will be arts and crafts vendors, live music, refreshments -- and a children's puppet show. The performance? The 3 (Not So) Little Pigs. Call 410-385-1161.

A dog's life

Remember that old movie title All Dogs Go to Heaven? Well, your pooch will think he's died and gone to heaven on Earth when Baltimore's first official dog park opens this Sunday at Sen. Joseph Bonvegna Field, Clinton and Toone streets in Canton. The park will feature fenced open spaces where dogs can run off- leash -- one section for large dogs and another for small and older dogs. The grand opening takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. As part of the festivities, Fido can test himself on an agility course, have his photo taken and watch a dog-training demonstration. Admission is free. Regular park hours are dawn to dusk. Call 410-342-0900.

A taste of Baltimore

Eat your way through the city at the sixth annual Taste of Baltimore, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. A benefit for the Children's Cancer Foundation, the gustatory party gives patrons the opportunity to buy "tastes" of specialties from more than 60 local restaurants. You can work off the calories by rock climbing, playing interactive games, chasing after sports mascots and moon bouncing (little kids only, please). There also will be live music throughout the day and karaoke for the brave. Admission is $5, children 12 and under free. Call 410-576-8343, or visit www.tasteofbaltimore.com.

Dragon-boat racing

Tired and draggin'? A sure cure is Catholic Charities' annual dragon boat race, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Inner Harbor. Thirty-two teams (each with 20 paddlers, a steersman and a drummer) will compete in elimination heats between the World Trade Center and the Maryland Science Center every 12 minutes. The canoelike boats are reminiscent of the speedy craft used 2,400 years ago by the Chinese, and are decorated with colorful dragon heads and tails. There also will be team chant and hat contests, and food at nearby Harborplace. Participants will raise money for the more than 80 social-service groups funded by Catholic Charities in Maryland. Call 410-625-8479 or visit www.catholiccharities-md.org.

Commomorating the 140th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam

You'd swear it was Sept. 17, 1862, all over again this weekend, what with all the events commemorating the 140th anniversary of the bloodiest single-day battle of the Civil War. On private land near Hagerstown, more than 15,000 re-enactors are scheduled to refight the historic Battle of Antietam and present a multitude of other events as well, including living-history encampments; cavalry, artillery and infantry demonstrations; educational programs; films; a period Catholic Mass; children's games; a fashion show; and a candlelight tour. Events run throughout the day tomorrow through Sunday. The single-day cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12. Multiple-day passes are available. Call 888-248-4597 or 240-313-2430 for directions and ticket information, or visit www.antietamreeactment.com.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service's observance of the anniversary begins today and continues through Sunday at Antietam National Battlefield. Events include a commemoration ceremony, battlefield hikes and auto tours, artillery demonstrations, ranger talks and performances of period music. Admission is $3 for individuals, $5 for a family -- good for three days. The battlefield is located on Route 65, nine miles south of Hagerstown. For event times and more information, call 301-432-5124.

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