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The Music Crab Feast Series, produced for nearly 12 years by the black-owned J.O.B. Marketing & Travel Consultants, features concerts by regional gospel, jazz and R&B acts August 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 (12-4 p.m.; 7 p.m.-midnight) at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The highlight, of course, is Maryland’s famous blue crabs. Tickets are $39-$45. Call 888-3750080 for details … Southern California’s 11th Annual Long Beach Jazz Festival hits the stage at Rainbow Lagoon Park (Shoreline Dr. and Linden Ave.), August 7-9. Ticket prices are $25$50 per show. VIP tickets, including dinner, cost $110-$135. This year, Etta James, Stanley Clark, Roy Ayers, Nancy Wilson, Doc Powell and Ronnie Laws are among the scheduled performers. Call 562-436-7794 for tickets … View the Faces of Tangier Island: Photographs by Constance Stuart Larrabee at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland (on Mill St.), starting August 29. Admission is $7.50 for adults, $3 for children. Additional exhibits will be featured at the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C., in September. Call 410-745-2916 for information … The Philadelphia Museum of Art (Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26 St.; 215-763-8100, www.philamuseum.org) has acquired Beauford Delaney’s famed Portrait of James Baldwin. Painted in 1945, it is considered one of the Harlem Renaissance painter’s finest works and is now on permanent display.
Cutting back on carry-ons
Before you pack for your next trip, remember the new, strict carryon guidelines now being enforced by some major airlines and encouraged by the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA suggests that airlines allow only two pieces of luggage per passenger with a total weight of not more than 20 pounds. Passengers who carry on oversized or extra baggage slow up boarding and may cause takeoff delays. More important, each year thousands of people are injured by items that fall out of the overstuffed overhead bins. The Association of Flight Attendants in Washington, D.C., found that more than 3,000 flight attendants were injured last year in baggage-related accidents.
Last November, Northwest Airlines required passengers to board with just one carry-on plus one small item, such as a purse or laptop. Delta and USAirways allow just two carryOhS, with laptops counted as one of those items.
American Airlines has maintained a flexible carry-on policy. No specific number of bags is allowed but carry-ons must be able to fit under the seat or in overhead bins. Continental has also kept its original two bag carry-on policy, not counting purses and laptops. The airline is, however, increasing the size of its overhead bins. Keep in mind that for most carriers, carry-ons must be no larger than 22 by 14 by 9 inches.
Caribbean vacation deals
April 15 through December 15 may be the best time to snag a Caribbean vacation bargain. Richard Kahn, spokesperson for the Caribbean Tourism Organization, says, “Savings range depending on property, but it’s not unusual for visitors to save up to $100 a night off hotel rates.” Take a look at this sampling of deals as you plan your final summer getaway.
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