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'Up in Smoke' tour

Listen to hip-hopping sounds tomorrow when Grammy Award winner Dr. Dre (pictured) and fellow rap masters Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Eminem and Warren G bring their nationwide "Up In Smoke" tour to the Baltimore Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and $45. Call 410-481-SEAT.

Synchronized swimming

The Patterson Park pool will be transformed into the waters of ancient Egypt when Fluid Movement, a water-ballet troupe, presents "Cleopatra: Life on the Nile" at 6:30 p.m. today, tomorrow and Sunday and 4 p.m. Saturday. Amid palm trees and dressed in glittering costumes, a queen, crocodiles and hippos, gods and goddesses and armies in tiny boats will play, dance and battle on the water in this fast-paced tale of love, loss and the conquering of an empire. The cast of 40 synchronized swimmers includes the young and old, the fit and not so fit. A poolside party, featuring music by the Hula Monsters, is scheduled from 6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. The pool is off Linwood Avenue, between Eastern Avenue and Baltimore Street. Admission to the water ballet is $5. Advance tickets to the pool party are $55, $100 a couple; at the gate, $65 and $120. Call 410-276-1651.

Columbia International Day

Celebrate Columbia's cultural and ethnic diversity from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Town Center Lakefront. The sixth annual Columbia International Day includes crafts, food and children's activities. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Drum Orchestra, the Charm City Klezmer Band, Gumbo Junkyard, Mama Jama and others. There also will be a fashion show, Native American storytelling and dancing. Admission is free. Call 410-715-3000.

Bob Dylan at Merriweather

You can catch Bob Dylan, the legendary singer-songwriter, Saturday evening at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. The multiple-Grammy Award-winning artist's repertoire includes scores of hit songs, such as "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright," "Blowing in the Wind," "Take a Message to Mary," "Sittin' on Top of the World" and "Shelter from the Storm." The concert starts at 7 p.m. Also appearing are Phil Lesh & Friends. Tickets are $26.50 and $42.50. Call 410-481-SEAT.

World Boardgaming Championship

If you enjoy import games, war games, family games, racing games, train games and just about any other type of board game, there's still time to register for the World Boardgaming Championships, Tuesday through Aug. 6 at the Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, Shawan Road. Or, if you prefer, just watch as about 1,000 players from the around the world compete to become champion of their favorite game. But don't expect to see Scrabble and Monopoly; they're not challenging enough for this die-hard group. Instead, there'll be such games as Diplomacy, Axis & Allies, Settlers, Risk and Acquire. Hours are 6 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Aug. 3-5, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 6. Daily passes for players are $20; the cost for multiple-day passes varies; spectators are admitted free. Call 410-893-0380.


Apollo talent show

Small fries with big talent are invited to compete Saturday for a chance to perform on the national television show "It's Showtime at the Apollo." Budding artists ages 5-12 should come to Port Discovery, the kid-powered museum at 35 Market Place, where they'll receive instructions in the performing arts during workshops and be videotaped for the contest between 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Semi-finalists will vie Sept. 23 at Security Square Mall for the grand prize trip to New York City to perform on the show. Admission to the audition is free. Registration is suggested but not required. Call 410-230-0134.

Glen Burnie Carnival

For spine-tingling rides, lip-smacking treats and a chance to try your luck at winning prizes on the midway, make your way to the Big Glen Burnie Carnival tomorrow through Aug. 5 at Crain Highway and First Avenue, off Ritchie Highway. A family favorite since 1908, the carnival features more than 20 rides, dozens of games and food. Hours are 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free; ride tickets are being sold in a package Monday-Thursday before 9:30 p.m. and individually at all other times. Call 410-766-6760.

Harford County Farm Fair

Enjoy an old-fashioned fair with 4-H exhibits, livestock judging, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derbies, pig races, crafts, live entertainment, hot-air balloon races, a farm-queen contest and plenty of food at the Harford County Farm Fair, which opens today and runs through Sunday at the Equestrian Center, 608 N. Tollgate Road in Bel Air. Free shuttle bus service to the fair is available at Fallston High School, Route 152; Bel Air High School, Kenmore Avenue; and Bel Air Auto Auction, U.S. 1. And large wagons attached to tractors will transport visitors to the fair site from the Red Lot, adjacent to the Equestrian Center, and from a lot along the Bel Air Bypass, U.S. 1 South. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4 adults, $1 ages 7-12, and, today only, $1 for seniors. Call 410-838-8663.

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