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It's happening in Bmore! July 20-26

The BSO  will celebrate two of Baltimore's most famous native sons, composers Frank Zappa and Philip Glass. From his early work with the Mothers of Invention to his classical, rock, jazz and electronic compositions, Zappa is revered for the complexity and versatility of his music. Hear his own great orchestral versions of classics such as "Be-Bop Tango" and "Dupree's Paradise." Marin Alsop and the BSO also will perform Philip Glass' Heroes Symphony based on the David Bowie classic '70s album. The performance will introduce another native son, Baltimore beatboxer Shodekeh, in a unique collaboration of vocal drumming pyrotechnics with orchestra.

Whether it's free or not, no one can deny that watching a good movie under the stars is one of summer's great pleasures. Baltimore's outdoor movie season is in full swing all around the city. Two tips...arrive early for a prime spot and bring a lawn chair, just in case they aren't provided.

Hosted by the American Visionary Art Museum, "Flicks on the Hill" are presented Thursday evenings at 9 p.m. in Federal Hill. It's a two-fer-one for moviegoers. Admission to the museum is free from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The remaining films this summer are:

July 22: Radio Days
July 29: King Kong (1933)
Aug 5: A League of Their Own
Aug 12: David Byrne's True Stories
Aug 19: Rocky

Just across the harbor the "Little Italy Open Air Film Festival", at the corner of High and Stiles Streets, was one of the first outdoor movie offerings in the city. The schedule naturally includes is filled with movies celebrating the neighborhood's Italian heritage. The weekly event kicks of every Friday at 7 p.m. with live music. The movie starts at 9 p.m., but while the popcorn is provided for free, it's a BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) occasion.

The remaining films this summer are:

July 23 - Big Night (R)
July 30 - It Started in Naples (NR)
Aug 6 - The Italian Job (PG 13)
Aug 13 - My House in Umbri (NR)
Aug 20 - When in Rome (PG 13)
Aug 27 - Cinema Paradiso (PG-13)

A short walk away, there's Fells Point's "Films on the Pier." Movies are shown every Wednesday at 8:45 p.m.

July 21: The Hurt Locker
July 28 : Avatar
Aug 5: The Blind Side
Aug 12: Twilight: New Moon
Aug 19: The Proposal"
Aug 26: (500) Days of Summer

In Charles Village, Johns Hopkins University hosts the "Johns Hopkins University Outdoor Film Series" on the upper quad in front of Shriver Hall. Live music starts at 7:30 p.m., and the movies start after sunset. There's just one film left in the series that will be shown on Friday, July 23, the 2009 version of "Star Trek," with a performance by The Swinging Swamis.

Of course, the granddaddy of them all is Bengie's Drive-in Theatre. It's a bit of a drive, but well worth it to see a double- or triple-feature on the largest screen in the country. Now in its 55th season, Bengie's the show starts at sunset every Friday and Saturday night. The price? Tickets are just $5 to $8 per adult, and $4 for children under 10 years old. Children under 4 are admitted free. The theater has a concession stand. Outside food can be brought in with the purchase of a permit

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