A Fresh Season, With Arts For All

Arts -- Sun Guide 2006

September 08, 2006|By Mary Carole McCauley | Mary Carole McCauley,Sun Reporter

A festival with free art exhibits and performances. Barbra Streisand at the Verizon Center. Paintings by Gustave Courbet hanging at the Walters Art Museum. Spamalot at the Hippodrome Theatre. Marin Alsop conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

These are just a few of the Baltimore/Washington happenings that you'll find inside The Sun's Arts Guide, an annual listing of events featuring classical and pop music, dance, theater, visual art and film.

One exciting offering of the 2006-2007 season is the city's first Free Fall Baltimore, a series of no-fee cultural performances, workshops and classes in October and November.

More than 70 arts organizations are participating throughout Charm City. Events include a performance by Wu Man on the "pipa" or Chinese lute, sponsored by the Shriver Hall Concert Series, and a night of readings and music honoring the great African-American author James Baldwin at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Festivalgoers can hum along to the Grammy Award-winning children's and folk tunes of Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer at the University of Baltimore. And, as of Oct. 1, the Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art will waive their admission fees. For a full list of Free Fall Baltimore events, visit freefallbaltimore.com or call 877-225-8466.

The money saved in October and November will come in handy; the rest of the season brings a tantalizing slate of arts offerings with traditionally priced tickets. They include the Virgin Festival (headliners: Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Who), the Shakespeare in Washington festival and a 30th anniversary retrospective of dances choreographed by Liz Lerman.

A guide to arts events follows, along with our critics' choices for highlights of 2006-2007. Doubtless, you will have favorites of your own.


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