The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

May 18, 2006|By LORI SEARS

ABORIGINAL DANCE

WHAT / / Dance performances by Descendance, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre

WHEN / / 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE / / Harborplace Amphitheater at the Inner Harbor

WHY / / Because the eight-member aboriginal dance troupe from Australia really knows how to dance, mate. And the group is performing in celebration of the National Aquarium in Baltimore's exhibit Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes.

CONTACT / / 410-576-3800

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FESTIVAL OF CHARIOTS

WHAT / / Rathayatra Parade, India's ancient Festival of Chariots, then a Festival of India

WHEN / / noon-6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE / / Proceeds from Key Highway and Light Street to McKeldin Square at Pratt and Light streets

WHY / / Because a huge, colorful, 30-foot-high chariot being hand-pulled down Light Street is a sight to be seen. And the festival afterward, at McKeldin Square, will present Indian dancing and music, cultural and art exhibits, a free vegetarian feast and educational information.

CONTACT / / 410-744-1624 or 410-719-1776

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BOWIE HERITAGE DAY

Visitors to Sunday's 38th annual Bowie Heritage Day can learn about the city's horse history at Belair Stable, get information about African-American jockeys of the 19th and 20th centuries, visit the 1923 stablemaster's apartment and more. There will be free pony-cart rides and pony rides, live bluegrass and colonial music, a tour of the 1825 Ogle family's wardrobe at the Belair Mansion and glimpses of other historical items and sites.

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Bowie Heritage Day is noon-4 p.m. Sunday at Belair Mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Drive, and Belair Stable, 2835 Belair Drive, both in Bowie. Call 301-809-3089.

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ISRAEL TALK

Author and journalist Donna Rosenthal will present a lecture and signing of her book The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land tonight at Beth El Congregation in Pikesville. Rosenthal, a producer for Israeli TV, a reporter for The Jerusalem Post and Israel Radio and a teacher at Hebrew University, will speak about her book, which examines the diverse people of modern Israel -- including the Jews, Christians, Muslims and Druze -- and how they see themselves.

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The talk is at 8 p.m. today at Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave., Pikesville. Call 410-484-0411 or visit bethelbalto.com.

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MAYFAIRE

Up for a little maypole dancing? A bit of sword-fighting, perhaps? Then go celebrate the Bard at the fourth annual Mayfaire on Sunday at the Elizabethan Theatre at St. Mary's. Baltimore Shakespeare Festival presents the fair with live music, Shakespearean performances by students, belly-dancing and maypole dancing, sword-fighting demonstrations, children's activities, food and more.

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The Mayfaire is noon-6 p.m. Sunday at the Elizabethan Theatre at St. Mary's, 3900 Roland Ave., Hampden. Call 410-366-8594 or visit baltimoreshakespeare.org for full schedule.

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GREEK FAMILY FESTIVAL

Whether you are interested in Greek mythology, Greek history or Greek dancing, you will enjoy the Greek Family Festival "Don't Myth It!" at the Walters Art Museum on Saturday. The festival celebrates all things Greek with mythological storytelling, a mime and poetry performance, a mosaic workshop, a musical myth show by the Fun Company, a theatrical dance performance by the Silk Road Dance Company and more.

The Greek Family Festival is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. Call 410-547-9000.

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