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July 07, 2005

COMING UP

For a trip into a galaxy far, far away, head to Hunt Valley this weekend for the Shore Leave 27 convention. The convention covers all of science fiction in popular culture, from presentations about Star Trek to sessions on Harry Potter. The schedule includes a masquerade ball, pool party, crafts and a chance to meet celebrities from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost in Space, Independence Day, and other entertainments. Mary McDonnell, Steve Bacic, Pat Tallman and Danny Strong are scheduled to sign autographs.

The convention will be at Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn at 245 Shawan Road. Starting 9 a.m. tomorrow, registration will be at the door. Admission for the entire weekend is $60. There are separate fees for each day. Children ages 5-12 are $12 and under 5 are admitted free with an adult. Call 410-496-4456 or visit www.shore-leave.com.

-- Erica Kritt

NOW OR NEVER

Maryland's state sport, jousting, became the first official state sport of any state in 1962 but has been a part of Maryland's history since the Civil War. Jousting also has a history at St. Margaret's Church in Annapolis. The church is hosting its annual Joust and Craft Bazaar Saturday. The event will include an opening ceremony, a joust, baked goods and pony rides and games for kids.

St. Margaret's Episcopal Church is at 1601 Pleasant Plains Road. Saturday's events run 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $5 per car or $2 per walk-in; children under 6 are free. Call 410-974-0200.

NEXT WEEK IN LIVE

Catching up with Baltimore-based jazz trio Fertile Ground ... Trekking to Masontown, W.Va., for the All Good Music Festival.

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