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August 05, 2010

The National More than 250 dealers in sports memorabilia — everything from baseball cards to game-used footballs and even relics from long-gone stadiums — have been packed into the Baltimore Convention Center since Wednesday for the 2010 National Sports Collectors Convention. There are also a few dozen baseball, football and hockey greats signing autographs (for fees ranging from $15-$300), including Willie Mays, Randy Johnson, Joe Montana, Y.A. Tittle and Gordie Howe — plus Orioles Hall-of-Famers Frank and Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer, Earl Weaver, Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken Jr. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $19.95 daily. Information: For more on The National, turn to Page .

International Festival After a summer filled with festivals celebrating Baltimore's diverse cultures, why not one that celebrates them all? This weekend's free Showcase of Nations International Festival features music (Latin, folk, pop, soul and reggae), dance, performances and food with a variety of ethnic origins, along with fitness demonstrations, arts and crafts, even a soccer tournament (the sixth annual Mayor's Cup, with teams representing Greece, Honduras, Iran, Ireland, Korea and other nations). Music will be provided by a host of performers, including Let the Monkey Go (funk), Yellowman (reggae), Soul Station (jazz), Groove Zone (neo-soul and jazz) and Chrisette Michele (R&B). Activities take place from noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Poly/Western High School Complex, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane. Information: 410-599-7408 or

Howard County Fair The 65th annual Howard County Fair, offering amusement rides, chainsaw carving demos and radio-controlled stock car racing tournaments, opens tomorrow at the county fairgrounds, 2210 Fairground Road in West Friendship. Musical highlights include Saturday's concert by the Baltimore Marching Ravens (12:30 p.m.), country from Jay Henley & the Stone Broke Band (7:30 and 9 p.m. Monday) and rock from Whitehouse Effect (7:30 and 9 p.m. Wednesday). And, of course, there's the pig races. The fair kicks off Saturday with Armed Forces Day; a valid military I.D. gets you and your kids in free. The fair runs through Aug. 14, and other specials run throughout the week. Hours are 8 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. Tickets are $5, $2 for seniors 62 and older; kids under 10 get in free. Information: 410-442-1022 or

'The Other Guys' Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson are high-octane, high-profile, seriously cool New York City cops, while Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are "The Other Guys" in this comedy from writer-director Adam McKay ("Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby"). Opens in theaters today. See a review on Page .

Summer Spirit Festival With a lineup that includes Erykah Badu, The Roots (featured nightly as the house band on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"), Common, Chuck Brown, B.o.B. and Janelle Monae, the fifth annual Summer Spirit Festival may just constitute the coolest night of the summer (and we mean that in the hottest possible way). Doors open at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia; tickets are $44-$100. Information and tickets: 877-435-9849 or

Black-Eyes Peas The Black-Eyed Peas got together back in 1995, and 15 years later, they're going as strong as ever, both together and separately. Fergie,, and Taboo will be at 1st Mariner Arena on Tuesday, and it's a safe bet they won't be holding anything back. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. (T-Pain opens) and tickets are $37.50-$79.50. Information and tickets: 800-551-7328 or

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