Stryker's Posse will strike a chord with reggae music lovers from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday -- opening night of the La Provence Thursday Night Concert Series at Hopkins Plaza, between Baltimore and Charles streets and Hopkins Place. The fourth annual event will feature a jazz, rhythm and blues, reggae or Latin band -- free -- every Thursday through July 29.
The start of a new concert series will make you wish you could be in two places at once. Running concurrently with the La Provence series is the Center Plaza Concert Series at Fayette, Charles and Liberty streets, near the BG&E; building. Saxophonist Sonny Fortune, who has performed with legends Miles Davis and Buddy Rich, kicks off this event.
The Center Plaza concerts are from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday -- also through July 29. Concert-goers are asked to bring lawn chairs as cafe seating is limited. Information: 837-4636 or (800) 282-6632.
Ever hear of the "Hard Cider Quickstep"?
Three musicians playing period instruments will perform that and other songs marking U.S. history from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Top of the World Observation Level of the World Trade Center for "In and Around Baltimore Town -- A Musical Chronology of Baltimore's History."
Other oldies but goodies include the "Charles Carrollton March," the "Constellation Cotillion," the "Baltimore March," the "Commodore Perry March," "Gen. Lafayette's Grand March" and the original version of "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Oh, about the "Hard Cider Quickstep": Composed for the Whig party convention in Baltimore in 1840, it shows that dirty campaigns span U.S. history.
TWO NEW FLICKS
Soar above the stratosphere without even leaving your seat. The Maryland Science Center has introduced two new films for its "After Hours at IMAX" double feature. The first, "Blue Planet," shows how storms, volcanoes and earthquakes ravage the Earth. In the second film, "To Fly," you'll see the Vermont countryside and Niagara Falls from a hot-air balloon. Admission is $5 until Memorial Day and $6 thereafter.
"After Hours at IMAX" runs Friday and Saturday nights through mid-November. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. through May 22, and 8 p.m. from May 28 to Sept. 4. Information: 685-5225.