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Hey hon. Goin' downy ocean this year, hon? Gonna have some genu-wine Bawlmer crabs, hon? Ooh yeah, you say. You're an honest-ta-goodness Murlinder. And proud of it. You're prouda them O's, uh, regardless. Prouda them Ravens. You "believe." Bawlmer's your home. Your heart.

And yeah, hon, Saturday you'll be showing your hometown pride at HonFest in Hampden. This year's festival of all things Bawlmer will take place on the Avenue, across four blocks of 36th Street. Visitors to the all-day festival are encouraged to wear their highest beehive hairdos, bluest eye shadow, hottest spandex pants, funkiest leopard-print accessories or other Baltimore getups. Think you've got the look? Enter the "Bawlmer's Best Hon" contest at 2:05 p.m. The winner will be crowned at 3:45 p.m. Festival-goers can also peruse the many shops' sidewalk displays, buy local art, hear live music, sample foods along the Avenue, play "Spam Bowling," race in the Hon Run, visit the Glamour Lounge to have your beehive done up just right and plenty more.


HonFest runs 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday along 36th Street in Hampden. Call 410-243-6800 or visit



WHAT / / Outdoor concert by the Kusun Ensemble

WHEN / / 7 p.m. Wednesday

WHERE / / Strathmore's Gudelsky Concert Pavilion Gazebo, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda

WHY / / Because this ensemble of dancers and musicians from Ghana presents an innovative live show. The group blends drums, bass, lead guitar and Ghanaian instruments with jazz and African rhythms to create a style of music dubbed "Nokoko."

CONTACT / / 301-581-5100 or



Maryland history buffs will want to visit the Banneker Historical Park and Museum Saturday for its Eighth Anniversary Celebration. Throughout the afternoon, visitors can watch living-history performances of Marylander and African-American scientist Benjamin Banneker, Revolutionary War general and senator James McHenry (a Banneker supporter), Banneker's grandmother, Molly Welsh, and mother, Mary Bannaky. The Amistad String Quartet, the Liberian Women's Choir United Bassa Association, the Boys Choir of Powhattan and the Ellington Adderly African-American Jazz Ensemble will entertain. There will be horse-drawn carriage rides and tours of the new Benjamin Banneker Exhibition of rare artifacts related to the scientist, including the his 1700s telescope, his 1793 published almanac and handwritten journal pages. The Maryland Historical Society and the Maryland Historical Trust will offer presentations, as well.


The anniversary celebration will be noon-5 p.m. Saturday at the Benjamin Banneker Museum, 300 Oella Ave., Oella. Call 410-887-1081.



Settle down for an evening of cinema under the stars. The "Flicks From the Hill" outdoor film series at the American Visionary Art Museum kicks off tonight and runs through July. The Hughes Family Outdoor Theater's 33-foot-wide screen is just outside the art museum, with seating on the ground on Federal Hill.

Various activities will precede each 9 p.m. showing. Tonight, a showing of Hairspray will be combined with a wig contest. The theme is "It's Hair Hopper Heaven! Come Wigged Out!" The other flicks are Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (June 15), On the Waterfront (June 22), Lost Horizon (June 29), To Kill a Mockingbird (July 6), Strictly Ballroom (July 13) and West Side Story (July 27). Also, stop into the museum for free admission each "Flick" night, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


"Flicks From the Hill" begins at 9 p.m. today outside the American Visionary Art Museum, under the giant Golden Hand, at 800 Key Highway. Films run Thursdays through July (no film July 20). In the event of rain, films will be shown in AVAM's Tall Sculpture Barn. Call 410-244-1900 or visit



WHAT / / Musica Antiqua of Maryland's annual concert

WHEN / / 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE / / Liriodendron Mansion, 502 W. Gordon St., Bel Air

WHY / / Because the quartet, clad in 19th-century costumes, performs traditional Irish and Scottish music, show tunes, ragtime numbers and even some Irving Berlin songs on the harpsichord, violin, cello, piano and flute. Vocals will be featured on some pieces.

CONTACT / / 410-529-0791



Visit the Baltimore Museum of Industry "Free for All" tonight. Admission and tours of the museum will be free. Arts and crafts projects for kids will be free. And on your museum tour, be sure to visit the new exhibit Bodine's Baltimore: A City at Work, which runs through April 29.


The "Free for All" runs 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. today at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. Call 410-727-4808 or visit


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