Learn to dance the salsa and merengue, tap your feet to the beat of Latin jazz, applaud dancers in colorful costumes and sample Hispanic cuisine from the Americas and the Caribbean this weekend at the Latino Fest at Patterson Park, Eastern and Linwood avenues. You can also admire traditional arts and crafts, and there will be face-painting and clowns to entertain children. Hours for the festival are noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults, free for children. Call 410-783-5404.
Music and fireworks
Patriotic music and a dazzling finale of fireworks fill the air Saturday when Anne Arundel County and the Cultural Arts Foundation present "A Star-Spangled Celebration" at 5:30 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College's Siegert Field. Performers
include the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Crabtowne Big Band, Annapolis Chorale, Sons of the Severn and the Arundel Vocal Corps. Bring a blanket and refreshments; picnic fare is offered for sale. Children's activities are part of the festivities. Admission is free. Call 410-222-7949.
Smothers Brothers and the Kingston Trio
For classic comedy and favorite folk music tunes, attend a performance by the Smothers Brothers and the Kingston Trio at 7 p.m. Sunday at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. The celebration of the '60s benefits the Maryland School for the Blind. Tickets are $19.50-$37.50. Call 410-783-8000.
Around the Harbor
Summer concert series
Listen to the smooth sound of contemporary jazz when Sha Shaty, with his saxophones, presents a free concert from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Harborplace Amphitheatre. The winner of three "Jammy" awards for best jazz and best saxophone has opened for artists as diverse as Jon Secada, Peter Cetera, the Bee Gees, Al Jarreau, Dave Brubeck and George Benson. He's also appeared with guitar legend Carlos Santana. Call 800-HARBOR-1.
Golfers can experience Baltimore culture by playing whimsical holes that incorporate everything from crabs to Poe to the Orioles and the Port of Baltimore. Art Links, an 18-hole miniature golf course that combines the popular pastime with the talents of artists, architects and designers, just reopened at Rash Field. To celebrate the Maryland Art Place project, attend a celebrity tournament -- The Golf Ball II -- today beginning at 5 p.m. at the course. Art Links hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Admission is $5 and $3 for MAP members, seniors and children on weekdays. Tickets for today's gala are $50. Call 410-962-8565.
Mid-Atlantic Wine Festival
Wine, cheese and song are featured this weekend at the 11th Annual Mid-Atlantic Wine Festival at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Route 178 in Crownsville. Sample award-winning wines from wineries representing a six-state region, enjoy cooking-with-wine competitions, browse through art and craft displays and taste culinary treats. Continuous live entertainment will be provided by such bands as Love Riot, Johnny and the Headliners, the Blue Rhythm Boys and Hula Monsters. Hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $16 and include a commemorative wine glass for free tasting. Admission for those under 21 is $5. Call 410-280-3306.
When Metallica rocks the stage Wednesday at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, expect to hear "Low Man's Lyric" and "The Memory Remains" from the group's newest album, "Re-Load." Pavilion tickets are sold out, but lawn seats are available. Also featured on the summer concert tour are Days of the New and Jerry Cantrell. Show time is 6:30 p.m., and tickets are $25. Call 410-481-6500.
"Cats," the musical with many lives, returns to the Lyric Opera House for eight performances Monday through July 5. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical based on a collection of cat poems by T. S. Eliot became the longest-running show in Broadway history last year; it opened there in 1982. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 2 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $19-$49.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.
Pub Date: 6/25/98