The Big Three

August 10, 2006|By SARAH MARSTON

FESTIVAL

WINE TASTING AND JAZZ

Eat, drink and be merry for a great cause Saturday at the Charm City Wine Tasting "Warm Days ... Cool Nights, the Wine Experience II" at the Eubie Blake Center. The event benefits the Baltimore City Cancer Program at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. WBFF Fox-45 news anchor Patrice Harris will host this cultural evening of wine tasting, jazz by saxophonist Art Sherrod, art, spoken word / poetry, a silent auction and a buffet. Proceeds from both the auction and the event will go to the cancer program.

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The second annual event runs from 8 p.m. to midnight, with the wine tasting from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St. Tickets are $30 in advance. Call 443-831-5824 or 410-889-4842 or visit missiontix.com or glentinc.com.

[SARAH MARSTON]

FESTIVAL

CARIBBEAN LIFE

Experience the Caribbean life this weekend at the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Baltimore's (TTAB) 21st annual "Trinidad and Tobago Days in the Park" festival. There will be calypso, chutney and steel band performers, as well as other Caribbean music, food, crafts and a new TTAB Idol Contest in Clifton Park. On Saturday night, across town at the Medfield Recreation Center, check out the Soca and Calypso Showdown dance with Trinidad and Tobago's JMC 3-Veni and DJ Steve the Waxman. Doors to the dance will open at 10 p.m., and the band will start around midnight. Dancing will go into the early morning hours. Proceeds from the festival will go to the non-profit TTAB's scholarship fund, building fund and next year's festival.

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Gates to the festival open at 1 p.m. and music begins at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the bandshell in Clifton Park on St. Lo Drive. The festival will run until around 9 p.m. both days. Admission $5 Saturday and $8 Sunday. Children younger than 10 admitted free. Doors to the Soca and Calypso Showdown dance will open at 10 p.m. Saturday at the Medfield Recreation Center at Woodheights and Clydesdale avenues. Tickets $20 in advance. Call 410-925-8876 or visit ttab.net.

[SARAH MARSTON]

FESTIVAL

NIGERIAN FESTIVAL

Celebrate Nigerian culture Saturday with "Naija Fest 2006," the city's fourth annual festival of Nigerian music, dance, food and art. The festival, held in Patterson Park, hosts local African bands and dance troupes, fashion shows, arts and craft workshops, face painting, games and storytelling. Visitors can try some authentic African cuisine, like jollof rice and spicy beef kebabs, watch African dance demonstrations and learn about and see traditional and modern African fabrics at the fashion shows. Visitors also can explore modern daily Nigerian life through the festival's images of the West African nation's cities, villages, schools, tourist sites and landscapes.

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The festival runs from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday in Patterson Park, at Eastern and Linwood avenues. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children younger than 10. Call 410-608-0420 or visit nyamary land.org.

[SARAH MARSTON]

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