'Annie' and 'Cabaret'The feisty, red-haired orphan Annie...


'Annie' and 'Cabaret'

The feisty, red-haired orphan Annie finds a home at the Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., during eight performances of the musical "Annie." Mere-dith Anne Bull (pictured) has the title role. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, June 8 and June 9; at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. June 10; and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 11. Tickets are $15-$49. Also opening here Tuesday is the national touring production of "Cabaret," starring Lea Thompson (pictured) as nightclub singer Sally Bowles. The musical plays at the Mechanic Theatre through June 18. Shows are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; at 2 p.m. June 7, 10, 17 and 18; at 3 p.m. June 11; and at 7:30 p.m. June 18. Tickets are $20-$65. Call 410-481-SEAT for both productions.

Wine & Herb Festival

Treat yourself to grilled foods, breads and cheeses, pastries, homemade herb butter, wine tastings, winery tours, lectures and demonstrations by herb specialists, music by O'Malley's March, wagon rides, kite-flying, dancing and more at the Wine & Herb Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Boordy Vineyards, 12820 Long Green Pike in Hydes. $10 per person. Call 410-592-5015.

Charles Village happenings

Celebrate the charm of city life this weekend at the annual Charles Village Festival at the Wyman Park Dell, 29th and Charles streets. There will be a 5K race and 1K fun run for kids, a parade Saturday morning along St. Paul Street, tours of area gardens, vendors, kids' games, food and more. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There are fees for the 5K race and garden tours. Call 410-662-7777 for fees, race and tour times and other details. On Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon, you can take part in a related event, the "Great Neighborhood Bike Ride." Pedal along a relaxed 13-mile route or a challenging 20-mile route through the neighborhoods of Guilford, Homeland, Roland Park and more, and visit notable landmarks, including Memorial Stadium and Lake Montebello. The ride begins at Johns Hopkins University's Garland Field, takes a midway rest at the historic Evergreen House and ends with lunch and entertainment at the Charles Village Festival. The fee is $22; $13 ages 12 and under. Proceeds benefit the Women's Housing Coalition. Call 410-235-5782.

Capital Jazz Fest

Jazz lovers, take note. The eighth annual Capital Jazz Fest, with 24 national acts on two stages, will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy's Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Musicians include George Benson (pictured), Dave Koz, Keiko Matsui, Patti Austin, Spyro Gyra and Boney James with Rick Braun. There will also be question-and-answer workshops with the musicians, meet-and-greet sessions, a food court and juried crafts for sale. Tickets are $26.50-$125. Call 410-481-SEAT for tickets or 301-218-0404 for information.

Choral concerts

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society sponsors the 23rd annual National Conference of Chorus America, an organization of more than 500 independent choruses, Wednesday through June 10. Conference activities open to the public include a concert featuring the Washington Bach Consort Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Basilica of the Assumption, Cathedral and Mulberry streets ($15), performances by local choruses each afternoon at Old St. Paul's Church, Charles and Saratoga streets (free), a performance at Oriole Park at Camden Yards June 9 (game admission) and a performance of Mendelssohn's "Elijah," featuring Baltimore native and opera singer James Morris along with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society Full Chorus and Orchestra, the Soldiers' Chorus and the Peabody Children's Chorus at 8 p.m. June 8 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. ($15-$45) For more information or tickets, call 410-523-7070.

Tour Canton homes, gardens

Fourteen homes and gardens in Baltimore's Canton community will be open Sunday for the inaugural Canton Home and Garden Tour. The self-guided walking tour through this fast-growing neighborhood begins at 11 a.m. at the Signature Building of the Can Company, Boston Street. $15; $12 in advance. Call 410-342-8881 or visit the Web site, www.cantonhometour.com.

Polish Festival

How about some Polish food? A little Polish dancing maybe? Check out the annual Polish Festival this weekend at the Pulaski Monument in Patterson Park, Eastern and Linwood avenues. The festival kicks off the city's annual Showcase of Nations Ethnic Festivals. Highlights include music by Jan Lewan and his orchestra, Polish arts and crafts, games and a live radio broadcast. Hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $2. Call 410-327-1081 or 410-563-1800.

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