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Wedding on ice

The honor of your presence is requested at the marriage ceremony of more than 40 couples when the Inner Harbor Ice Rink on Rash Field transforms into a huge wedding chapel on Valentine's Day. Couples will don ice skates to marry or renew their vows in a non-denominational ceremony at the third annual WLIF-FM Wedding on Ice at 10 a.m. Sunday. Afterward, a wedding reception will be held inside the warming tent. Couples must register in advance and have a marriage license; admission is free for spectators. Call 410-823-1570 or 410-385-0675.

Visiting ships African stories

Sail Baltimore, the city's official committee on visiting ships, kicks off its 1999 season with visits by the Swedish Navy training vessel Carlskrona and the USS Oak Hill, a U.S. Navy dock landing ship. The 346-foot Royal Swedish Navy minelayer and midshipmen training vessel will be docked at the Inner Harbor's west wall today through Tuesday. Free public tours are from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through Monday. The 610-foot U.S. Navy dock landing ship arrived yesterday at Fells Point's Broadway Pier and departs Monday. Visiting hours are noon to 5 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Monday. Tours are free. Call 410-837-4636.

African stories

In celebration of Black History Month, acclaimed storyteller and poet Shindana Cooper (pictured) performs from her portfolio of oral history at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Top of the World Observation Level, 27th floor of the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. The program is part of Saturday Stories at the Top. Admission is $4, $3 seniors and children through 15. Call 410-837-VIEW.

Max Roach at Jazz Lovefest

Legendary jazz drummer, composer and band leader Max Roach will join young musicians from the Baltimore area in the third annual Intergenerational Jazz Lovefest at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in the James Weldon Johnson Auditorium at Coppin State College, 2500 W. North Ave. Roach will also be the guest of honor at a reception sponsored by the Pi Omega Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Coppin Library. Tickets for the jazz fest are $28, $15 for students; tickets for the reception and concert are $50. Call 410-383-5940 or 410-625-3113.

Favorites with the BSO

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Lockington present an "Evening of Favorites" at 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Guest pianist Rudolf Buchbinder performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor." Also included on the program are Aaron Copland's "Appalachian Spring" and Wagner's "Tannhauser" Overture. Tickets are $21-$55. Call 410-783-8000.

Romance in Mount Vernon

Take your Valentine on a walking tour Sunday afternoon and discover some of Baltimore's most famous love stories -- from the man who gave up his wife for a throne (Jerome Bonaparte and Betsy Patterson) to the king who gave up his throne for the woman he loved (the Duke and Duchess of Windsor). Among other stories recounted on the tour are H.L. Mencken's five-year marriage to Sara Haardt and George Peabody's unrequited loves. Sponsored by the Mount Vernon Cultural District, the free one-hour guided tours start at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in front of the Brass Elephant Restaurant, 924 N. Charles St. Call 410-605-0462.

Reopening of Cone collection

Beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, visitors to the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive at North Charles Street, will once again see traditional frames on the Henri Matisse paintings from the Cone Collection, the museum's pre-eminent collection of modern art. The paintings will again be displayed in frames that reflect the personal taste of their collectors, Baltimore sisters Dr. Clarible Cone (1864-1929) and Etta Cone (1870-1949). The reframing marks the first phase of a reinstallation of the famed collection. The Cone Wing is closed until Sunday's official reopening. Regular BMA hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. first Thursday of the month, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is $6; $4 seniors and full-time students; free for museum members, ages 18 and under, and every Thursday. Call 410-396-7100.

Chinese New Year

Ring in the Year of the Hare Sunday at the annual Chinese Lunar New Year Festival at Grace and St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 707 Park Ave. Activities include dragon-lion dances, martial arts demonstrations and music from 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; a music recital and evensong service in honor of the new year at 5 p.m.; and a Chinese dinner at 6:15 p.m. Admission to the outdoor performances is free. Dinner is $10, $5 for children under 12. Call 410-539-1395.

Pub Date: 02/11/99

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