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June 16, 2005|By Mason Marcus

Jazz and Blues Festival

Celebrate Father's Day in Federal Hill, which is holding its fifth annual Jazz and Blues Festival on Sunday. Charles Street and Cross Street will be abuzz with the fusion of jazz and instrumental Latin dance music of the Rumba Club, as well as the tunes of at least 15 other groups, including Greg Hatza ORGANization, Robert Lighthouse, the Melvin Sparks Band, mofofunka, the Jaws, Sophisticated Otis, Old Man Brown, Chris Jacobs in a Tribute to Jerry Garcia and Blues Therapy. While the jazz blares throughout the day on three stages, be sure to visit the booths along the tree-lined avenue packed with art, crafts and antiques or try out Federal Hill's well-known restaurants. The festival will also include a children's area with a moonbounce, storytelling, crafts and a live performance by the children's rock duo Milkshake.

The Jazz and Blues Festival runs 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday in Historic Federal Hill on South Charles Street (between West Street and West Hamburg Street) and East Cross Street. Admission is $3 or free for children under 12. A free shuttle will run all day from the Inner Harbor. Call 410-727-4500 or visit www.historicfederalhill.org for more information.

Jazz at Great Blacks

See jazz come alive Sunday at the Great Blacks in Wax Mansion. Enjoy the production From These Roots: Jazz at the Mansion, hosted by Mildred Battle, president of Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society. The Father's Day event includes dinner and a show featuring Baltimore's Baretta and Company. The evening will also include a tour of the museum.

"From These Roots" will be held Sunday 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Great Blacks in Wax Mansion, 1649 E. North Ave. Admission is $20 and includes dinner and a tour of the museum. Contact Renaissance Productions at 410-728-3837 or the Great Blacks in Wax Museum at 410-563-3404 for more information.

Lewis Black

Lewis Black, the raspy-voiced, unforgiving and unrelenting comedian on Comedy Central's The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, performs Saturday at the Lyric Opera House. The self-proclaimed "commentator on everything" is touring in the wake of publication of his book Nothing is Sacred, and if the parental warning advisory on his Web site is any indication, his show will spill over with the jokes that he's made his name on: sidesplitting, vindictive, brutally honest and black comedy.

Lewis Black will perform at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at the Lyric Opera Box Office in person or through Ticketmaster at 410-547-SEAT or www.ticketmaster.com. The Lyric Opera House can be reached at 410-685-5086 or online at www.lyricoperahouse.com.

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