Baltimore Sun

Stan Lee tops list of legends at 12th Baltimore Comic-con

Classic comics, indie comics and more will be featured at the 12th Annual Baltimore Comic-Con, happening Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 20-21, at the Baltimore Convention Center. The event boasts a huge guest list of comic book creators and artists and will feature as a guest of honor Stan "The Man" Lee, the co-creator of the Spider-Man and Hulk comics, among others. Tickets are $30 for two-day admission. (One-day admission tickets are also available.) Hours are Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Go to

Wine and jazz


Fiore Winery will hold its annual Wine, Jazz and Art Festival Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 20-21, noon-6 p.m., at 3026 Whiteford Road, in Pylesville. Live music will include The Alex Norris Quintet; and Greg Hatza ORGANization Saturday and the Rumba Club and Carl Filipiak Group Sunday. The menu will include pit beef, turkey, ham and crab cakes. Daily admission is $15. Call 410-879-4007.

Cirque in town


Cirque du Soleil will bring its newest show, "Quidam" to town next Wednesday-Sunday, Aug. 24-28, at the 1st Mariner Arena. The show will feature an international cast of 52 acrobats, musicians and singers. Showtimes are Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (plus additional matinees); and Sunday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets run $42-$107. Go to

Summer festivities

In Caroline County, the Caroline Summerfest will set up shop this year Friday-Saturday, Aug. 19-20, in the town of Denton in the downtown Market Street area. The event will offer arts and crafts, antique and classic cars, a local talent showcase, and a parade. Hours are Friday, 5-10 p.m.; and Saturday, noon-9 p.m. Admission is free. Go to

Gallery tour

The Walters Art Museum continues its series of Walk-In Gallery Tours each Sunday in August starting in the Centre Street Lobby. The next docent-led tour will take place Aug. 21, 1 p.m., with a session that looks at the art of the 19th century. Admission is free. Call 410-547-9000.

Oldies, but goodies

In Arbutus, the Maryland Music Collectors will host another Record & CD Show on Sunday, Aug. 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Arbutus Fire Hall, 5200 Southwestern Blvd. Featured will be a wide assortment of vinyl records, rare CDs, tapes, magazines and memorabilia. Admission is free. Call 410-455-0418.

Top tomatoes


An Heirloom Tomato Festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 20, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Carroll County Farmers Market, 700 Agriculture Center Drive, in Westminster. The event will offer free food and tomato tasting, lots of vendors, and the chance to buy local produce, plants and baked goods. Admission is free. Go to

Alexandria dining

In Virginia, the second annual Summer Alexandria Restaurant Week will get underway Friday-Sunday, Aug. 19-28, throughout the city. For the occasion, some 60 restaurants will offer $35 menus. Participating eateries include Bastille, La Bergerie, the Grille at Morrison House, La Tasca and the Wharf. Go to

Crabs and beer

The Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival takes place Saturday, Aug. 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., at the National Harbor Waterfront, Maryland. The event is an all you can eat extravaganza with thousands of crabs, 50 beers, and arts and crafts. There will also be live music, including performances by the Junkyard Saints and Kelly Bell Band. Tickets start at $65. Go to