Come to a Ska Fest on Sunday at the Eight by Ten Club, 10 E. Cross St., and groove to the tunes of the Pilfers, the Smooths (pictured) and Springhill Jack USA. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $9 in advance and $10 at the door. Call 410-625-2000.
Chamber Music Awards competition
Listen to Maryland's best emerging music ensembles when they compete for cash awards and the opportunity to perform at Artscape beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, Peabody Conservatory of Music, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place. Seven semi-finalists will compete for the 1999 Baltimore Chamber Music Awards. Winners will be announced at noon. Admission is free. Call 410-396-4575.
International Auto Show
See everything new the 1999 domestic and foreign automotive industry has to offer Saturday through Feb. 14 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Take a look at new cars, minivans, light-duty trucks and sport-utility vehicles from 35 manufacturers. See the latest concept and prototype cars, such as the Plymouth Pronto Spyder and the Jeep Jeepsters. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 7 p.m. Sundays, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday. Admission is $7, $4 for kids 3 to 12, under 3 free. Call 410-561-7323.
Pay tribute to Black History Month today during First Thursdays on Charles Street. There's a Soul Food Cooking Demonstration from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Hotel. The $10 fee includes tastings and recipe cards (call 410-727-2000, Ext. 7001, for reservations). View "The Storm Is Passing Over," a free exhibit featuring music and musicians from the African-American community, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. (call 410-396-5494). And enjoy free admission to Charles Street and Mount Vernon attractions, including the Walters Art Gallery, Maryland Historical Society, Peabody Institute, Washington Monument and Museum and Mount Vernon Museum of Incandescent Lighting. For a complete schedule, call 410-244-1030.
Kimberly Mackin Dance Company
Enjoy an evening of contemporary dance with the Kimberly Mackin Dance Company at Villa Julie College Theatre, 1525 Greenspring Valley Road. The concert includes music by the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble and an after-concert reception featuring wine, light fare and dancing Saturday evening. Public performance hours are 8 p.m. tomorrow and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5-$15; the reception is an additional $10. Call 410-828-5843.
A hot, hot tour
The historic Baltimore Fire of 1904 raged for two days and destroyed 140 acres of the city. Learn about the extent of the damage and see buildings that survived -- some still bearing scars of the blaze -- during the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904 tour, conducted from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday by the Fire Museum of Maryland. The tour begins at the museum, 1301 York Road, with a brief introduction. Then guests journey by bus to the epicenter of the fire. Upon returning, enjoy light refreshments and examine fire apparatus actually used to fight the blaze. The cost is $25. Call 410-321-7500 for reservations.
AROUND THE HARBOR
'Amazon' IMAX adventure
Discover the beauty and intrigue of the mightiest river in the world when "Amazon," a 40-minute, Academy Award-nominated large-format film opens tomorrow and runs through May 20 in the IMAX Theater at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. Moviegoers will come face-to-face with an exotic menagerie of animals, including jaguar, tapir, pipa toads and sloth, as well as such water creatures as pink dolphins and piranhas. And viewers will be privy to a personal introduction to the Zoe tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Tickets are included in the center's admission price of $9.75, $8 seniors and ages 13-18, and $7 ages 4-12; free for 3 and under. This weekend, a portion of every adult admission will benefit the earthquake disaster relief effort in Colombia. Call 410-685-5225.
'Black Men, Blue Waters'
Examine the important role African-American watermen played in the development of the Chesapeake Bay's fishing industry when the National Aquarium presents "Black Men, Blue Waters: African Americans on the Chesapeake Bay" at 6 p.m. tomorrow. Visitors will meet Azinith Williams, whose father founded the Black Seafood Workers Union. Also featured are the Northern Neck Chanty Singers. And since prices take a dive at the aquarium after 5 p.m. Fridays, admission is only $5. Call 410-576-8877.
Abu the Flutemaker
Abu the Flutemaker creates musical instruments out of coat hangers, rolling pins, bedposts and other material. Abu will demonstrate his art and play his homemade instruments at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Top of the World Observation Level in the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. Admission is $4; $3 seniors and children ages 15 and younger. Call 410-837-VIEW.
Pub Date: 02/04/99