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The lowdown -- Early in the 20th century, at a time when UFOs and cryptozoology were unheard of, Charles Fort researched and wrote extensively on anomalous phenomena. The conference in his honor, FortFest, visits Baltimore this year with book sales, activities and seminars on UFOs, ancient religions and more.

If you go -- FortFest runs 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. Tickets are $25-$75. It continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at the Days Inn Inner Harbor, 100 Hopkins Place. Tickets are $55. Call 443-564-2158 or go to

George Carlin

The lowdown -- At 70, the famously irreverent George Carlin has been in comedy a long time. With four Grammys and three American Comedy Awards to his credit, Carlin takes the stage at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Saturday.

If you go -- The show at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $42-$52. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall is at 1212 Cathedral St. Call 410-547-7328 or go to

Opening Day

The lowdown -- Opening Day for the Orioles means rejoicing all over Baltimore. The Hard Rock Cafe celebrates with festivities inside and out to benefit the charity Musicians On Call. Events include a performance by Faded Image and a chance to win a guitar signed by Ace Frehley of Kiss.

If you go -- Opening Day events kick off at noon Monday. $5 donation to the charity Musicians On Call encouraged. The Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore is at 601 E. Pratt St. Call 410-347-7625 or go to

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