The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

April 12, 2007|By Gena Chattin

Hopkins Fair

Kick off the season with the Johns Hopkins Spring Fair this weekend on the university's Homewood campus. Thrill-seekers can try out carnival rides and inflatable games. Less adventurous souls can sample music and entertainment on multiple stages. Craft vendors will display and sell their works while campus and national organizations educate passers-by about their causes. A beer garden will cater to thirsty grown-ups, and kids can play in a children's section with a "reading corner" and hands-on activities.

The fair runs noon-8 p.m. tomorrow, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Beer garden hours are 2 p.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Parking is free. Go to


Naval Academy Band

Gunther Schuller has recorded with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis and won a 1994 Pulitzer Prize in music. See him lead the U.S. Naval Academy Band in three of his 160-plus original compositions tomorrow in Annapolis. Schuller will lead his "Symphony for Brass and Percussion," "Lines and Contrasts" and "On Winged Flight." Naval Academy Band leader Lt. Cmdr. Brian O. Walden will take over for Mendelssohn's "Overture for Winds" and William Schuman's "George Washington Bridge."

The concert begins at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. A free entry pass, available at the box office 90 minutes before showtime, is required. Call 410-280-5640 or go to


Indie illustrators

Hear how three accomplished independent cartoonists broke into comics and illustration tonight at "Indie Comics A-Go-Go!" at the Cockeysville Library. Featured cartoonists are Lulu Eightball artist Emily Flake, whose illustrations have also appeared in MAD, The Nation and the New York Times; Harvey and Eisner Award nominee Brian Ralph, whose graphic novel Cave-in was named a best comic of 1999 by Comics Journal; and Mark Burrier, whose art has appeared in Kitchen Sink and on CODA skateboard decks. All three will discuss their experiences with self-publishing and the small press.

The talk begins at 7 p.m. today at the Cockeysville Library, 9833 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville. Call 410-887-7750 or go to


Woodward at Goucher

Few are better prepared to discuss the modern U.S. presidency than Bob Woodward. His career in journalism has spanned seven administrations, beginning with Richard Nixon and Watergate in the early 1970s. Fresh from releasing State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III, his third book on President George W. Bush's administration, Woodward comes to Goucher College Monday to lecture on Bush and the Iraq war.

Woodward's discussion begins at 8 p.m. Monday in Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 410-337-6333, e-mail or go to


Artsy Bethesda

What --Bethesda Art Walk

When --6 p.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow

Where --All across Bethesda, but guided tours begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Bethesda Metro Center at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Old Georgetown Road

Why --Because guided tours introduce the painting, sculpture, photography, pottery and other art forms that make up Bethesda's growing art scene, one gallery at a time.

Contact --301-215-6660 or


Playground music

What --Snack and check out a new playground piece at Annie's Playground with Let's Dish!

When --11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday

Where --Annie's Playground, 864 Smith Lane, Fallston

Why --Because kids can snack, color, play and make music on the playground's latest addition, the palm pipe drum. Parents can enter a raffle for a free session at Let's Dish!

Contact --410-420-3022


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