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Top of the World reopens

Fans of Inner Harbor aerial views can hit the heights again with the grand reopening this weekend of the Top of the World Observation Level on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center, 401 E. Pratt St. The attraction had been closed for renovation for the past 12 weeks. The reopening celebration, Saturday-Monday, includes musical entertainment, children's activities, book signings by local authors and, of course, a 360-degree view of the harbor and beyond. Saturday's events are free for everyone; children 12 and under get in free on Sunday; seniors get in free on Monday. Regular admission is $4 adults; $3 seniors; $2 children 12 and under. This weekend's hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday. Call 410-837-VIEW.

Polish Festival at Patterson Park

The Polish Festival, the second event in this year's Showcase of Nations in Baltimore, takes place tomorrow through Sunday in Patterson Park, Linwood and Eastern avenues. Polka bands, Polish dancing, cultural exhibits, crafts, food and beer are on tap. Also, singer Ronnie Dove will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday. Hours are 4 p.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday. (Sunday's festivities will be preceded by a Polish Mass at 10 a.m.) Admission is $3; children under 12 free. Call 410-285-6663 or 410-879-6336.

Two communities, two festivals

Celebrate city living this weekend at festivals in Charles Village and Mount Washington. The Charles Village event, Saturday and Sunday in the Wyman Park Dell, features a parade, a 5-K race and 1-K fun run, a garden walk, live music, vendors, crafts, children's activities and more. The dell is located at 29th and North Charles streets. Hours are 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The festival is free, but some events have an admission fee. Call 410-662-7777. The Mount Washington festival takes place Sunday from noon-5 p.m. in Mount Washington Village, the neighborhood's historic shopping district (Kelly and Sulgrave avenues, and Newbury Street). Offerings include live music, the ZooMobile, artists' booths, food vendors and stations for making arts and crafts. Free. Call 410-435-0533.

BSO presents swing concert

Get ready to "Swing, Swing, Swing" at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Today-Sunday, conductor Jeff Tyzik (pictured) leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and guest vocalists in an evening of big-band and swing hits. Enjoy the music of Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington, including "Take the A Train" and "It Don't Mean a Thing." Show time is 2 p.m. today, 8 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $23-$64. Call 410-783-8000.

Circus acts

Can't get enough of the big top? Check out both the Boumi Temple Shrine Circus at the State Fairgrounds on York Road in Timonium today-Sunday and the Universoul Circus Tuesday-June 10 at Mondawmin Mall, Reisterstown Road and Liberty Heights Avenue. The Shrine Circus is described as a "traditional, single-ring, European-style" event, with a midway providing rides, games and refreshments. Admission is $10-$15; extra for midway. Universoul features "the Globe of Death," a contortionist (Princess Lunga), acrobats, aerialists, white tigers, elephants and more. Admission is $10-$26. Hours vary for both circuses. Call 410-391-6400 for the Shrine Circus; 410-481-SEAT for Universoul.

Summer Jazz Series at BMA

The Don Braden Quintet, featuring tenor saxophonist Don Braden (pictured) and vocalist Vanessa Rubin, kicks off the Baltimore Museum of Art's ninth annual Summer Jazz Series Saturday in the museum's Wurtzburger Sculpture Garden, 10 Art Museum Drive. Subsequent concerts are June 23 (T. K. Blue), July 7 (the Joe Cooper Project), July 21 (David Dyson) and Aug. 4 (the Afro-Rican Ensemble). All concerts begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12; $10 for BMA members, seniors and students. Call 410-396-6001.


"Forget everything you ever thought about magic shows and magicians." So suggest the folks bringing "The Language of Magic Gala Show" to the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. They promise you'll see "a show like no other!" The family event, which materializes Saturday at 7:30 p.m., features performers Hiawatha, Alain Nu (pictured), Margaret Steele, Ben Caesar, Just Alan and Tatiana Nu. Tickets are $20 adults; $10 children 12 and under. Call 301-949-9483.

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