Concerts at MerriweatherFor a slew of musical...


Concerts at Merriweather

For a slew of musical entertainment, come to the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia. Comedy legend Tommy Chong and "Saturday Night Live" veteran Jim Breuer will join regulars Larry the Cable Guy and Mickey Cucciella at the third annual Kirkmarkandlopezapalooza tomorrow. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $23.60. Christina Aguilera (pictured) performs with Destiny's Child at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $28 and $38. And Phish presents a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $29.75. Call 410-481-SEAT.

BSO launches new season

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2000-2001 season with a series of three concerts, today through Saturday, at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Led by conductor Mario Venzago (pictured), the orchestra will perform Richard Strauss' "Don Juan," Schumann's Symphony No. 1, "Spring," and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 5, featuring Italian pianist Gianluca Cascioli as soloist. 8 p.m. today and tomorrow and 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $24-$62. Call 410-783-8000.

Coming on strong

Test your strength, will and intelligence at the Dominator, a multi-sport adventure race and expo taking place this weekend at Susquehanna State Park, Quaker Bottom Road, off Route 155 near Havre de Grace. The event -- for teams of three -- features a grueling mountain bike race, running, canoeing and special tests. The fun begins at 11 a.m. Saturday with an expo of recreational and adventure-based activities and displays. The race starts at 8 a.m. Sunday. Cost for a team is $180; free to spectators. Call 888-226-7433.

'Fosse' opens Mechanic season

"Fosse," the 1999 Tony Award winner for best musical, best lighting and best orchestration, plays the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre at Hopkins Plaza Tuesday through Sept. 24. The musical highlights the work of legendary Broadway choreographer and director Bob Fosse. The production showcases such classic Fosse dance numbers as "Bye, Bye Blackbird," "Steam Heat," "Dancin' Man" and "Sing, Sing, Sing." Show time is 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $21.50-$69. Call 410-752-1200.

Ukrainian, Korean festivals

Celebrate Ukrainian art and culture from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at Patterson Park, Eastern Avenue and South Linwood Street. Entertainment includes an antique car show, carnival rides and ethnic dancing. Displays of crafts, clothing and artwork and an array of ethnic food also are part of the festivities. And don't miss the pierogi-eating contest Saturday and Sunday. Call 410-687-3465. This weekend's Showcase of Nations also features a Korean Day Festival from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Center Plaza on Fayette Street. The cultural celebration includes authentic Korean cuisine, a traditional wedding ceremony and martial arts demonstrations. Call 410-625-2442. Admission is free to both festivals.

Jones Falls Valley Celebration

Discover the hidden beauty of the Jones Falls -- a stream with waterfalls and abundant wildlife that winds under Baltimore's concrete byways -- at the third annual Jones Falls Valley Celebration. On Saturday, you can canoe or kayak the river from 9 a.m. to noon from Lake Roland to Meadow Mill. On Sunday, run the Jones Falls Expressway in an 8K race that starts at 8:30 a.m. From 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. stroll, bike, skate or leisurely push a baby carriage along the highway without dodging traffic. You can also walk through the Jones Falls valley and neighborhoods, climb rocks, take a nature hike and enjoy food, exhibits and children's activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Streetcar Museum on Falls Road, this year's festival site. For a complete schedule, call 410-261-3515. For race registration, call 410-377-8882.

Maryland Wine Festival

Raise your glass and toast Maryland's fruitful vineyards this weekend at the Maryland Wine Festival at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 South Center St. in Westminster. Sample vintage wines offered by 10 Maryland wineries, taste food created by area chefs, attend educational seminars, browse craft exhibits and enjoy continuous musical entertainment. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission of $15 for ages 21 and older includes a logo-engraved glass and wine samples. Those under 21 admitted free with a paying adult. Call 410-876-2667 or 800-654-4645.

Private-garden tours

As part of the Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program, visitors can tour five private gardens in the Monkton area this Saturday.The landscape displays, which the conservancy lists among the 416 best private gardens in the country, include a waterfall and meandering stream, topiaries, woodland walks and a cactus garden. Start your tour at Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, where you'll receive a map to the five sites. Admission is $4 per garden. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 410-557-9466.

Kiev Symphony Orchestra

When the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus bring their U.S. tour to Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium tomorrow evening, the audience will be treated to a variety of music, including works by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Rutter, Gershwin, Bortniansky and Rachmaninoff. Ukrainian folk music also is on the program. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Goucher is located on Dulaney Valley Road in Towson. Call 410-467-4210.

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