The hot breezes blowing down Park Heights Avenue this weekend will carry the savory aromas of curried goat and plantains and the heady sounds of reggae and steel drum bands. Ambassadors from the Caribbean will ride alongside brightly clothed performers in traditional costume.
The neighborhood becomes the tropics with the arrival of the Caribbean-American Festival tomorrow through Sunday. Live entertainment and elected officials, as well as food, crafts and a parade, will be available to guests.
Caribbean-American Festival in Druid Hill Park runs tomorrow through Sunday. Hours are 5 p.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow, noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Parade is 1 p.m. Saturday and begins in the 5400 block of Park Heights Ave. and travels south, turning left on to Auchentoroly Terrace and left onto Beechwood to Druid Hill Park. Festival admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children younger than 10. Parking is available inside the park for $5. Call 410-230-2969 or visit www.promotionandarts.com.
NOW OR NEVER
Smoke and mirrors, bearded ladies and sleight of hand rule tomorrow night at the Grifter's Ball, hosted by the Jive Social Club and Creative Alliance and sponsored by Atomic Books and Your Mama! Doors open at 7 p.m. on a scene where nothing is as it appears.
Learn about gambling, cheating and the secrets behind classic sideshow spectacles meant to part you and your money. Historian and Shocked & Amazed author James Taylor will be your guide. Peruse an art display called the Hall of Humbug and listen to the band Rude Mechanical Orchestra. Shop Atomic Books' merchandise and learn a few tricks from sleight of hand artist Brian Wendell Morton. Remember to keep an eye on your watch.
Grifter's Ball, tomorrow at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave. Admission is $10 for the public and $7 for Creative Alliance members. Doors open at 7 p.m., and activities begin at 8 p.m. Call 410-276-1561.
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