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Zappa's back He left Charm City at age 10 and found his fame and fortune largely on the Left Coast, but Baltimore has never stopped calling Frank Zappa one of its own. This weekend, as a bust of Zappa is formally dedicated outside the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southeast Anchor branch, Zappa, who died of prostate cancer in 1993, is being celebrated in his hometown as never before. The festivities begin at 10 a.m. Sunday with his widow, Gail, giving a talk at the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown, 3134 Eastern Ave. (410-276-1651 or, followed at noon by a free concert at Eastern Avenue and Conkling Street featuring Arbouretum and other bands. The bust dedication ceremony is set for 2 p.m. outside the library, 3601 Eastern Ave., with a performance by Zappa's son, Dweezil, and his band, Zappa Plays Zappa. The day concludes with a 6 p.m. party at the Creative Alliance, featuring Big in Japan, Telesma and DJ El Suprimo. There's a $5 cover charge for the party. For more on the Zappa celebration, turn to Page --.

Bel Air arts festival The 44th annual Bel Air Festival for the Arts will attract some 350 artists and craftspeople to Harford County on Saturday. There will also be continuous live entertainment on stage, as well as performers moving through the crowd. And there'll be plenty of food, too. The festival begins at 10 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m. at Shamrock Park, Lee Way and Hickory Avenue. Information:

HFStival Sure, the WHFS call letters have been off the FM airwaves since 2008, and its much-beloved music format vanished from the dial long before that. But the cause lives on in the annual HFStival, returning to Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion this year with a lineup that includes such rock notables as Third Eye Blind, Billy Idol and Everclear, plus Ed Kowalczyk from Live, Presidents of the United States of America, Fuel, Lit, Marcy Playground, Jimmie's Chicken Shack and more — enough to fill up two stages' worth of music all day Saturday. Doors open at 11 a.m. at Merriweather, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway. Tickets are $35-$50. Information and tickets: 1-877-435-9849 or For more on the festival, turn to Page --.

Reptile show An exhibit hall filled with things that slither, crawl and otherwise scamper about — must be time for another reptile show at the state fairgrounds in Timonium. Leave Rover and Kitty at home: Humans are the only warm-blooded beings welcome at this weekend's Mid-Atlantic Reptile Show, where snakes, lizards and turtles will once again rule the day, just like their dinosaur kin did eons ago. Hundreds of captive-born reptiles and amphibians will be on hand and up for sale. Runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds, 2200 York Road. Tickets are $7-$13. Information: 410-557-6879 or For more on our cold-blooded friends, turn to Page --.

Widespread Panic For 24 years, Widespread Panic has been taking the stage anywhere and everywhere, earning a reputation as rock's hardest-working jam band, following in the tradition of such long-form musical greats as the Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead. At Pier Six Pavilion on Sunday night, expect some tunes from their latest album, May's "Dirty Side Down." And don't forget to bring your recording devices along — the band doesn't mind. Showtime is 7 p.m. at 731 Eastern Ave. Tickets are $46.50. Information and tickets: 410-783-4189 or

Tunnel walk Ever wanted to walk underwater? You'll be able to this weekend, whether you know how to swim or not, at the second annual Fort McHenry Tunnel 5K Run/Walk. The race begins at 9 a.m. Sunday, with runners (or walkers) heading out and back through the right northbound tunnel tube, which will be closed to auto traffic until about noon. The cost to run/walk is $25 in advance, $30 on the morning of the event. Proceeds benefit Special Olympics of Maryland. (And if you don't want to run or walk yourself, you can always sponsor someone who does). Information: 410-789-6677 or

'Easy A' Emma Stone plays a wallflower who decides to besmirch her reputation, and increase her social standing, by taking advantage of her high school's rumor mill. Amanda Bynes, Patricia Clarkson and Thomas Haden Church also star. Opens in theaters today. Read a review on Page --.

Chris Kaltenbach

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