The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

September 28, 2006|By KRISTIN GRAY

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Children of the '70s will relive their heyday at the third annual Rockville Music Festival as the heavy metal rock group Blue Oyster Cult (below) takes center stage. The festival also features the 26th annual Hard Times Cafe International Chili Society Maryland State Chili Cook-Off competition, which awards as many as 75 chefs nearly $10,000 in prize money. Children can enjoy moon bounces and arts and crafts and learn the latest safety practices from the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department. Other highlights include a performance by the Kelly Bell Band and an official "Salute to Rockville Nonprofits" from the Rockville Chamber of Commerce, the Human Services Advisory Commission and the business community.

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The Rockville Music Festival takes place noon-6 p.m. Saturday at the Rockville Town Center, Maryland Avenue and Courthouse Square. Call 240-314-5022 or go to rockvillemd.gov / events / special / index.html.

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BALDWIN'S PARIS

Combine the elegance and refinery of the French upper crust with American soul and you'll get the "French Cabaret Evening: James Baldwin's Paris." The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore and the National James Baldwin Literary Society celebrate the 50th anniversary of the author's novel Giovanni's Room. The event incorporates elements of French culture with uniquely American music and dance. The cabaret features French delicacies, live jazz music, cancan dancing, Josephine Baker look-alikes and more to honor the Parisian expatriate's life. Admission is free with a ticket.

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The National James Baldwin Literary Society and Maryland Zoo in Baltimore's "French Cabaret Evening: James Baldwin's Paris" is 4:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday in the Mansion House Porch at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park. Call 410-625-6440 or e-mail info@jamesbaldwin.org to reserve tickets.

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WINE, ART AND JAZZ

WHAT / / The Mount Washington Village's sixth annual wine, art and jazz festival

WHEN / / 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE / / Newbury Street and Sulgrave Avenue

WHY / / Because the wine samples, exotic cheeses, children's area and live jazz music by the Swingin' Swamis, Jazz Caravan and the band the Iron, the Wool, the Hat will be a relaxing respite for local residents of any age.

CONTACT / / 410-561-0065

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ARTBLAST AT BMA

Experience the power of artistic expression at the BMA ArtBlast festival Sunday. The Baltimore Museum of Art opens its doors free of charge starting Sunday as part of the Free Fall Baltimore program. And the BMA ArtBlast festival, kicking things off at the museum, will feature dance, music, films and more. Visitors can develop a new hobby at a sculpting workshop with Baltimore Clayworks or listen to multicultural storytelling throughout the day. Families are welcome to a behind-the-scenes tour created for them. Parents and kids can have caricatures drawn by artists or sample an array of foods from vendors. Also, visitors can see three new exhibits and check out the new cell phone tour of the BMA Sculpture Gardens.

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BMA ArtBlast runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at 10 Art Museum Drive. Call 443-573-1700 or go to art bma.org. For information on other participating Free Fall Baltimore venues, call 877-BALTIMORE or go to freefallbaltimore.com.

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NADER AT HOPKINS

WHAT / / A lecture by politician Ralph Nader

WHEN / / 8 p.m. today; doors open at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE / / Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St.

WHY / / Because the consumer-rights activist will share political insights and sign copies of his books.

CONTACT / / 850-445-1948 for tickets. Or go to www.jhu.edu / mse

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HISTORY LESSON

Watch the history of Native America unfold before your eyes through a collection of artifacts and demonstrations displaying traditional life skills and cultural practices Saturday. The artifact collection will include projectile points, axes, pottery, stone knives and tools used by prehistoric American Indians. Daniel Firehawk Abbott will teach ancient life skills such as fire-making and javelin-throwing while Chief Gray Owl will perform melodic Native-American songs on traditional handcrafted flutes.

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The exhibit will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Caroline County Public Library, North County Branch on 101 Cedar Lane in Greensboro. Call 410-482-2173.

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