Forget leaves, take in Free Fall

New groups participating make October even more eventful

October 01, 2007|By Katy O'Donnell | Katy O'Donnell,SUN REPORTER

Free Fall Baltimore returns today for its second year with more than 200 events planned over the course of October.

Although the program has been shortened to one month, organizers say this year's slate is more concentrated and boasts more participants. Among the institutions new to Free Fall Baltimore is the Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore, the only black opera company in the United States.

Last year's Free Fall kicked off with the start of free admission for the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum. This year, the BMA will offer free admission to opening day of its much-anticipated ticketed exhibition, Matisse: Painter as Sculptor on Oct. 28. And on Oct. 20, the Walters will offer a "Festival of Mysteries," focusing on hidden aspects of art, with actors portraying Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson serving as guides.

Here are some highlights from the program's opening days:

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum: Free Tuesdays

Guests are invited to tour the historic Car Shop and take a 20-minute narrated train ride down the nation's first mile of railroad tracks tomorrow between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. No advance reservations required. The museum is at 901 W. Pratt Street. Call 410-752-2490.

Maryland Film Festival: Free Fall 3D series

The Charles Theatre at 1711 N. Charles St. will kick off a celebration of classic films this fall on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. showing of Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder. Patrons can see the thriller projected in two-projector 3D. Go to

Baltimore Gallery: Still Life Workshop

Tomorrow at 3 p.m., guests are invited to learn about the principles of art with the help of the gallery's digital cameras, lighting and subject pieces. Artists can then take their projects home. The gallery is at 4519 Eastern Ave. Advance reservations required. Call 410-276- 7966.

Dance Baltimore: Community Dance Project

Dance your heart out as you learn a variety of jazz and modern sequences in Tuesday evening dance classes this month. The first class is tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St. The program ends with a concert at the BMA on Oct. 28. Open to anyone over 16; all levels are welcome. Advance reservations required. Call 866-756-5673 or register online at

Enoch Pratt Free Library: Voces Latinas

Starting at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Brooklyn branch of the library, this celebration of the literary and musical traditions of Spanish speakers here and abroad will feature music, films and stories. Advance reservations aren't required. The library is at 300 E. Patapsco Avenue. Call 410-396-1120.

For a complete schedule of events go to or call 1-877-Baltimore.

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