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January 16, 2003|By Helen B. Jones

Chesapeake Bay Boat Show

Boats, boats and more boats will fill the Baltimore Convention Center from stem to stern Saturday through Jan. 26. The Chesapeake Bay Boat Show will offer more than 400 powerboats in all sizes, the latest boating and fishing products, and numerous events and educational programs, including a photo contest, a boat-building workshop and talks by fishing experts. Hours vary. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 6-12. A two-day pass for adults is $14. The Convention Center is located at 1 W. Pratt St. Call 410-649-7360 or visit www.DiscoverBoating.com.

King Day parade

Baltimore presents the third annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Parade on Monday. With the theme of "Keeping the Faith," the event celebrates the involvement of African-American churches and other religious organizations in the civil-rights movement. Participants include supporters and friends of the late civil-rights leader, clergy and lay members of various religious faiths, marching bands, equestrian units, choirs and dancers. The grand marshal is Judge Mablean Ephriam of the TV show Divorce Court. The parade steps off at noon from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceeds south on MLK Boulevard and disbands at Baltimore Street. The reviewing stand is located at MLK Boulevard and Franklin Street. Call 877-BALTIMORE.

Heartfest 2003

Vicki Lawrence, Emmy-winning actress, comedian and heart-disease-prevention advocate, will be the celebrity honoree at Heartfest 2003, the annual benefit for the Johns Hopkins Preventive Cardiology Center. The event, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Martin's West (6817 Dogwood Road in Woodlawn), will also honor Dr. Bernadine Healy, former head of the American Red Cross, and Baltimore entrepreneur Steve Geppi. The evening also includes a meal of heart-healthy dishes prepared by local chefs and dancing to the music of Stevie V and the Heart Attackers. Tickets are $75. Call 410-560-2230.

A star-crossed love story

Husband-and-wife R&B stars Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore want to tell you about Things That Lovers Do at a "musical stageplay" opening Tuesday at the Lyric Opera House. The story, loosely based on their life, revolves around an up-and-coming singer with a new husband, a baby on the way, a manipulative manager, some health problems, jealous group members and a co-worker who may be in love with her. Got all that? The show runs through Jan. 26, with performances at 8 p.m. Tuesday through Jan. 23, 7 p.m. Jan. 24 and 3 p.m. Jan. 26. Tickets are $18.50-$32. The Lyric is located at 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Quoth the raven: It's Poe's birthday

In six years, you can celebrate his 200th birthday, but for now you'll have to settle for commemorating the 194th anniversary of Edgar Allan Poe's birth. A three-day bash takes place at 8 p.m. tomorrow, 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at Westminster Hall, Fayette and Greene streets. (Poe was born Jan. 19, 1809, in Boston and died in Baltimore on Oct. 7, 1849.) The party, which will celebrate the writer's life and works, will include a one-man, one-act drama called Personally Poe, featuring Poe impersonator David Keltz (pictured); an encore presentation of Nevermore ... the Last Days of E.A. Poe by the Grey Seal Puppets; a talk about Poe's personal reputation; an exhibit of Poe artifacts; a bagpipe tribute; and a sparkling-cider toast. Admission ranges from $10 to $18. Call 410-396-7932.

International Guitar Night

Baby, it's the guitar men as International Guitar Night returns to the Gordon Center for Performing Arts on Wednesday. Give a listen as acoustic guitarists Brian Gore (pictured), Ralph Towner, Martin Taylor and Marco Pereira perform their latest original compositions and exchange musical ideas in a concert setting. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills. Tickets are $18. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Arenacross racing

Ready, set, vroom! The National Arenacross Series returns to Baltimore this weekend with nonstop professional motorbike races at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday and amateur races at 2 p.m. Sunday at 1st Mariner Arena (formerly the Baltimore Arena). Events include a Dash for Cash and an extreme jump-off contest Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $8-$20; $2 extra at the door. The arena is located at 201 W. Baltimore St. Call 410-481-SEAT.

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