The Big Three

August 17, 2006

FESTIVAL

STONE SOUL PICNIC

The Annual Stone Soul Picnic comes to Druid Hill Park Saturday. Headlining the event is Heather Headley, who builds her sound out of soul, dancehall and gospel. A variety of R&B and hip-hop singers will appear, including rapper Chingy, R&B singer Shanice, who boasts a five-octave range, and Freddie Jackson, one of the best-selling black artists of the '80s and '90s.

Also scheduled to appear are Donell Jones, Alvin Darling & Celebration, Norman Hutchins, Raheem DeVaughn, Megan Rochell, Paula Campbell, Bobby Valentino and the Choir Boyz.

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The event takes place from noon until 8 p.m. Saturday at Druid Hill Park, 2600 Madison Ave. Free. Call 410-332-4600.

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[MARC SHAPIRO]

FESTIVAL

78TH ANNUAL ITALIAN FESTIVAL

Go for the homemade Italian food, go for the bocce tournament or go for the live Italian music, and you'll more than just enjoy a taste of Italy at the St. Gabriel Italian Festival. You'll feel a little Italian yourself. The 78th annual festival, which takes place this weekend in Little Italy, honors Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother, the patron saint of Italy's Abruzzi province, an area where many of Baltimore's Italian immigrants lived before landing here.

The festival includes Italian-food specialties from calzones and pizza to meatball subs and pork sandwiches -- as well as live entertainment from Little Italy's Monaldi Brothers Orchestra, a Sunday bocce tournament, children's games and more. On Sunday, there also will be a procession through Little Italy after the 9:30 a.m. mass at St. Leo's Church.

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The festival runs noon-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the streets surrounding St. Leo's Roman Catholic Church, 227 S. Exeter St. $1. Call 410-675-7275.

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[LORI SEARS]

CONVENTION

A GATHERING OF HORROR FANS

Horror fans will want to celebrate the creepy genre at Fanex 19, tomorrow and Saturday at Embassy Suites in Hunt Valley. The annual event features panel discussions, continuous film showings, writer talks, workshops, shopping for movie and TV collectibles and meeting other fans. This year, Fanex will show a rough-cut of the independent film Terror in the Pharaoh's Tomb, with old film footage of Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Jr., Peter Lorre and other horror film stars spliced together with new footage of current actors. The event is presented by Baltimore book publishing company Midnight Marquee Press.

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Fanex 19 runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow and from 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday at Embassy Suites, 213 International Circle, Hunt Valley. Admission is $5 per day. Call 410-665-1198.

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[LORI SEARS]

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