The Best In Weekend Arts & Entertainment Events From Our Staff

April 23, 2009|By Lindsey Citron, Ethan Goldberg, Edward Gunts, Chris Kaltenbach, Mary Carole McCauley, Rashod D. Ollison and Tim Smith.


The Roots

Check out the annual Johns Hopkins Spring Fair, featuring a beer garden, food vendors, craft stands, interactive literacy events for kids, a carnival and music events. It runs Friday through Sunday on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., and admission is free. As part of the festivities, hip-hop band the Roots performs at 7 p.m. Saturday on the Ralph O'Connor Recreation Center Practice Field. Tickets are $25 for the general public and $10 for Johns Hopkins students with valid student IDs. For more information, including ticketing, go to


'Shades of Freedom'

Three critical periods in U.S. history - slavery, Reconstruction and Jim Crow - will be explored this weekend in "Shades of Freedom," a free two-day film festival at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and sponsored by Civic Frame. Excerpts from documentary films on the periods will be shown, followed by panel discussions on each, featuring authors, historians and members of the media. The three scheduled sessions will run noon-3 p.m. Saturday (slavery), 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday (Reconstruction) and 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (Jim Crow). The museum is at 830 E. Pratt St. Information:


Clarinet quintet

The Atlantic String Quartet and clarinetist Steven Barta - all members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra - will perform the exquisite Clarinet Quintet by Brahms on a program that also offers music by Mozart. The concert, funded by the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust, is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Har Sinai Congregation, 2905 Walnut Ave., Owings Mills. Free. For information and advance tickets, call 410-654-9393.

Haydn anniversary

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the Deer Creek Chorale mark the 200th anniversary of Haydn's death with a program featuring selections from his oratorios The Creation and The Seasons, conducted by Tom Hall. The performance is at 4 p.m. Sunday at North Harford Performing Arts Center, North Harford High School, 211 Pylesville Road. A $10 donation is suggested. Call 443-655-1798 or go to


Green symposium

"Green Homewood: Environmental and Cultural Sustainability" is the theme of the ninth annual "Baltimore's Great Architecture" symposium, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Remsen Hall, Room 101, on the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. Speakers include Catherine Rogers Arthur, director and curator of the Homewood Museum; Suzanne Frasier and Jeremy Kargon, faculty members at Morgan State University; David Gibney, Harford Community College faculty member; Adam Gross, a partner of Ayers Saint Gross Architects and Planners; and Mary Roby, executive director of the Herring Run Watershed Association. Go to


Student show

Painting students from Renaissance Institute, a lifelong learning program at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, present their latest work through May 5 at Atwater's, 529 E. Belvedere Ave. in Belvedere Square. Call 410-532-5351.


'Jungle Books'

Baloo the happy-go-lucky bear and Shere Khan the tiger will join Mowgli, the human child raised by wolves, in Jungle Books, a modern dance adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's timeless children's classic, The Jungle Book. The score's three composers will also perform live on drums, wind synthesizer and keyboard. Immediately after the performance, the CityDance Ensemble leaves on a tour of the Middle East. Show is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. Tickets are $11-$20. Call 410-783-8000 or go to

Joel Grey

The entertainer who has created such Broadway roles as the corrupt master of ceremonies in Cabaret and the equally corrupt wizard in Wicked headlines a fundraising event, "An Evening With Joel Grey," in Baltimore. Grey, who won a Tony Award and an Oscar, will appear at 7 p.m. Monday at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave. Tickets are $40-$125. Call 410-358-6856 or go to


Baltimore Bike Blast

Whether you're a seasoned cyclist, an occasional rider or new to your wheels, the Baltimore Bike Blast has something for you. The event will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Druid Hill Park by the lake. Local and national sponsors, including the Department of Transportation, will be on hand to promote cycling and lead group rides. There will be rides by the lake and along the park's trails, as well as mentoring, clinics, prizes, a "Safety City" play area for children and more. Go to or call 410-396-6856.

A Day with Thomas

Families will be able to visit Thomas the Tank Engine at the B&O Railroad Museum (901 W. Pratt St.) from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Take a half-hour ride on a full-size Thomas the Tank Engine, listen to storytelling and live music, and build a railroad with LEGO blocks. Go to to buy tickets, which are $18 for ages 2 and older.

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