The Big Three

August 23, 2007|By BRAD SCHLEICHER

CULTURE

POWWOW FESTIVAL

Experience Baltimore's 33rd annual Powwow this weekend. This intertribal gathering of Native American dancers, instrumentalists, craftspeople and artists will feature various performances, competitions and cultural presentations. Native American art, clothing, jewelry and food will be sold throughout the weekend.

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The Powwow Native American Festival takes place 2 p.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday at Patterson Park, 400 S. Linwood Ave. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Children younger than 6 are admitted free. Call 410-675-3535 or go to baic.org.

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[BRAD SCHLEICHER]

CONFERENCE

FOCUS ON MUSIC

In its third year, the Baltimore Music Conference will feature more than 100 musical acts on multiple indoor and outdoor stages, dance performances, visual-artist showcases, skateboarding demos and independent movie screenings. The conference will also host numerous seminars and workshops on topics such as how to keep music programs in public schools and how young musicians and bands can succeed in the music industry.

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The conference begins at 9 tonight with musical performances at Club One, 300 E. Saratoga St. The event will continue at 9 p.m. tomorrow and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Club One; Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St.; and throughout the 400 block of Saratoga St. Passes are $12.50-$45. Visit baltimore musicconference.com for more information.

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[BRAD SCHLEICHER]

OLDE ENGLAND

RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

The Maryland Renaissance Festival, in its 31st season, will kick off this weekend on the fairgrounds in Crownsville. Set in Revel Grove, a 25-acre English Tudor Village, the Renaissance Festival features more than 130 craft shops displaying many wares handmade by artisans, 42 outlets providing modern and 16th-century food, and numerous taverns. There are also 10 stages of entertainment, including sword swallowers, jousting, music, jugglers and magicians. Kids can take free pony rides and navigate through a winding maze.

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The festival runs on Saturdays and Sundays through October. The fairgrounds are at 1800 Crownsville Road, Crowns-ville. Admission is $18 for ages 16 to 61; $15 for ages 62 and older; $8 for ages 7 to 15; $8 for ages younger than 7. Call 800-296-7304 or visit renn fest.com.

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[BRAD SCHLEICHER]

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