David Alan GrierHe's best known for his...


David Alan Grier

He's best known for his outrageous characters on the Emmy Award-winning television show "In Living Color," but David Alan Grier also received a Golden Lion Award for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival and earned a Tony Award nomination for his Broadway performance in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." Saturday, the comedian appears at Loyola College's Reitz Arena, 4501 N. Charles St. Show time is 9 p.m. Admission is $15. Call 410-481-SEAT.


B.B. King at Pier Six

B.B. King steps on stage at the Inner Harbor's Pier Six Concert Pavilion tomorrow, joined by Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tower of Power and Indigenous. The blues festival starts at 6:30 p.m. Pavilion seats are $46.50; the lawn is $26.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Star-Spangled fun

The War of 1812 and the birth of "The Star-Spangled Banner" come alive during a celebration of the Battle of Baltimore tomorrow through Sunday at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Fort Avenue. Re-enactors take part in the living history event, which also features historic sailing vessels, an evening "bombardment" of the fort, the U.S. Army Field Band, authors, parades, musket firing and fireworks. The weekend kicks off with a procession and ceremonies at the Inner Harbor's amphitheatre at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow and continues at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free tomorrow and evenings, $5 over age 17 on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For the complete schedule, call 410-962-4290.


Sample Maryland's microbrews and listen to the sounds of Gingham Schmuz, Laughing Colors and Love Riot when the recently formed Brewers Association of Maryland presents "Rocktoberfest '99" from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at Oregon Ridge Park, off Shawan Road. Also featured are plenty of brew food and cigars. Tickets, at $15 in advance and $20 at the gate, include 10 seven-ounce samplings of crafted suds. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Maryland Lupus Foundation. Call 410-337-9000 or 800-777-0934.

Orpheum benefit

Join Baltimore's film community, led by Steve Yeager, at a fund-raiser for Fells Point's Orpheum Theater -- now closed and burdened with debts -- at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St. Composer and percussionist Steven Garling performs an original electronic score to the 1927 silent German expressionist film "Berlin, Symphony of a City." Anne Watts and her band Boister accompany Buster Keaton's silent film "Steamboat Bill Jr." And Yeager shows outtakes of his film "Divine Trash." Also on the program are works by Martha Colburn . Tickets are $25. Call 410-732-4614 and 410-675-7051.

Seafood Festival

For dozens of seafood dishes, arts and crafts, musical entertainment and children's activities, attend the 33rd Annual Maryland Seafood Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow through Sunday at Sandy Point State Park, off Route 50 at the Bay Bridge. Cheer on chefs in the Maryland Crab Soup Cookoff from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $6, $2 ages 7-12, and free for ages 6 and under. Seniors admitted at half-price tomorrow. Call 410-268-7682.

Anne Arundel County Fair

View livestock exhibits, cheer the pig races, watch tractor pulls, enter a hog-calling contest -- or perhaps you prefer the husband-calling contest -- sample food fresh from Maryland's farms, listen to music and take rides on the midway Wednesday through Sept. 19 at the Anne Arundel County Fair at the fairgrounds, Route 178 in Crownsville. Hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 10 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 Wednesday-Friday, and $5 Saturday-Sunday; $2 for ages 6-15 and free for 5 and under; reserved seating for concerts is $5, lawn seating free. Call 410-923-3400.

Caribbean carnival

Celebrate the heritage of Baltimore's Caribbean communities at a carnival tomorrow through Sunday at Carlin's Park, Druid Park Drive and Park Circle. Featured are live international entertainment, authentic island cuisine, a costume parade at noon Saturday and arts and crafts. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 daily, $8 for a three-day pass. Call 410-664-7674 or 410-727-8900.

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