Acrobats, aerialists and clowns
The circus with soul - UniverSoul Circus - is coming to town. The 75-member urban-styled circus, which was started by Baltimore native Cedric Walker in 1994, is coming to the Security Square Mall on Tuesday through June 25. New ringmaster and popular comedian Tony Tone will be joined by Ringmaster's Sidekick Zeke, ice skaters, limbo dancers, acrobats, aerialists, clowns, jugglers, elephants, lions and other performers under the big top. The diverse cast of performers come from countries around the globe, including Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Gabon, St. Thomas, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, China, France and the U.S.
The UniverSoul Circus will take place Tuesday through June 25 on the Security Square Mall parking lot, 6901 Security Blvd., Windsor Mill. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 22 and June 23; noon, 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 24; and 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 25. Tickets $10-$35. Call 410-547-SEAT or visit ticketmaster.com. LORI SEARS
Celebrate the oldest African-American holiday Sunday at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. Juneteenth marks the freeing of the slaves during the Civil War. The holiday will be celebrated at the fort with speeches by civil rights marchers, a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation, performances by Civil War re-enactors, a public singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," a salute to black living legends, displays presented by the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, the crowning of "Miss Juneteenth and other events.
Juneteenth will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Sunday at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, 2400 E. Fort Ave. Free. Call 410-962-4290.
-- LORI SEARS
Al Fresco shows
No doubt you'll feel like you've traveled back to Medieval England at one of this summer's Theatre at the Cloisters shows. The series, which begins Wednesday and runs weekly through July 26 outside of the Lutherville castle, features performances by area theater companies.
Visitors are invited to pack a picnic (or purchase a boxed dinner) and enjoy the outdoor live shows.
The series kicks off Wednesday with All the Fights of Shakespeare, a show by the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival that showcases many of the sword fights from the Bard's plays.
The other shows include Too Much Nose by InterAct Story Theatre on June 28, excerpts from Beehive ... The Sixties Musical by Maryland Arts Festival on July 5, Opera in a Box by So This Is Opera on July 12, Good Queen Bess by History Alive on July 19 and The Wonder of Chinese Opera: The Monkey King by the Washington Chu Shan Chinese Opera on July 26.
The series runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through July 26 at the Cloisters amphitheater, 10440 Falls Road, Lutherville. Admission is $10 per car. Call 877-BALTIMORE or visit promotionandarts.com.
--- LORI SEARS