Museum Mondays: Constellation Thursday Night Here and Now Party

July 22nd, 2013 by Chris Furino

ConstellationThursdaysThursday, July 25th from 5 to 9 PM

The Walters Art Museum – 600 N Charles St.

Every Thursday until August 29th, the Walters will be having “Constellation Thursdays.” These weekly events will allow to the museum to be opened for extended hours and let patrons see what goes on “after dark.” Visitors will be able to wander the galleries, see special exhibitions for free, eat in the museum’s new cafe, and visit the gift shop! This weekly event is perfect for families with kids in summer camp, students in class, or adults who work the regular 9 to 5! Plus, the Walters has some really interesting exhibits, like Site Unseen, on display for patrons to see.

The museum will also be hosting the Here and Now Party Thursday, July 25th during its weekly “Constellation Thursday” event. This event is totally free and open to the public! While advance tickets are sold out, guests can still enter at the door the day of the event. The event itself will shine a spotlight on two exhibits: The Sondheim Artscape Finalist Exhibition and Site Unseen. Gregory Vershbow. Plus, The Here and Now Party will also feature Mosaic Night Club’s cash bar, live entertainment by DJ Jus-Spin, and projections from 2011 Sondheim Prize winner Matthew Porterfield. This event is guaranteed to be an exciting, art-filled evening!

For more information, visit The Walters Art Museum’s website.

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Sports Saturdays: Stoneleigh Lanes

July 20th, 2013 by Chris Furino

stoneleigh_lanesHours Vary

6703 York Road

Well, I seem to be running out of sports events in Baltimore, shocking right, so this week I figured I’d highlight a cool hangout for everyone to check out. Stoneleigh lanes is located on York Rd. between Towson Univerity and Northern Parkway and is not your typical bowling spot. No, Stoneleigh lanes is actually a 16 lane Duckpin Bowling Alley. Now, duckpin bowling may seem daunting at first. I mean, how do you hold the bowling ball? Do you throw it like a baseball? Actually, duckpin bowling isn’t all that different from normal bowling and from my experience is a lot of fun. Stoneleigh Lanes also has specials nearly every day. For example, with a College ID, students can bowl at a discounted price on Tuesdays. On Fridays, there’s live karaoke too! Looking for a cool weekend or night hangout? Then grab your friends and your bowling shoes and head down to Stoneleigh Lanes.

For more information, visit Stoneleigh Lanes website.

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Food Fridays: Tapas Teatro

July 19th, 2013 by Chris Furino

TapasTeatroTues-Fri 5pm to 2am & Sat-Sun 4pm to 2am

1711 N. Charles Street

First opened in 2001, Tapas Teatro exudes Spanish culture by creating delicious tapas using seasonal and fresh products. For those who don’t know, Tapas are a collection of small plates and appetizers, often served with beer or Sangria. This Baltimore staple, located in the heart of Station North Arts and Culture District, combines all sorts of international flavors to provide meals that satisfy nearly any patron’s palette. This restaurant also boasts “one of the best wine lists in town” and a large selection of beers on and off tap. Plus, the restaurant has a special house-made Sangria that patrons rave about. The restaurant is also situated immediately next to Baltimore’s Historic Charles Theater and could certainly be the beginning of a perfect night on the town.

For more information, and a sample menu, check out Tapas Teatro’s website or call (410)332-0110. The restaurant does not take reservations.

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Theater Thursdays: Moby Dick or the Water Ballet Spectacular

July 18th, 2013 by Chris Furino

FluidMovementDruid Hill Park – July 27th-28th

Patterson Park Pool – August 3-4

Fluid Movement, a Baltimore-based performing arts group, returns with its 12th annual water ballet and, this time, it’s personal! It’s Moby Dick or The Water Ballet! The story, which draws heavily from Hemingway’s Mellville’s (We have harpooned the author as a result of this gaffe) famous work about Ishmael, a poor sailor, as he joins Captain Ahab on a search wretched white whale is set to water by a group of “sparkly-and-ironic” synchronized swimmers as they hunt and harpoon the antagonist. Will any of them make it to Nantucket alive? You’ll have to experience the splendor of the open sea to find out. You’ll find this all out without leaving the comforts of your favorite Baltimore City Public Pool. Be sure to check this event out, July 27th and 28th at the Druid Hill Park Pool, or August 3rd and 4th at the Patterson Park Pool. Tickets are $10 or $5 for city pool pass holders. Also, the July 27th show is half price! Doors open 30 minute before the show, so make sure you show up early and are prepared for the seaward journey of a lifetime.

For more information and to purchase tickets, check out Fluid Movement’s website.

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Wacky Wednesdays: Best of Baltimore Speakeasy Party

July 17th, 2013 by Chris Furino

HippodromeAugust 1st from 6 to 11PM

The Hippodrome Theater – 12 N Eutaw Street

Need a drink, dollface? Put on your best suit or flapper dress and head down to the speakeasy for the 25th annual Best of Baltimore Party presented by Baltimore Magazine. This event, which is feather and fringe optional, will feature eats from the area’s best restaurants, handcrafted cocktails, fine wines,and specialty beers to quench your palette. COVERGIRL will also be there for free makeup giveaways. There will be aerial burlesque and live music from Burnt Sienna and DJ Kopec. Plus, there’s still time to purchase VIP tickets to ensure you get even more great giveaways. Proceeds from the event will even be going to The Family Tree which works with families to prevent child abuse and neglect. Tickets are $80 in advance for general admission and $135 in advance for VIP. Get your tickets before they sell out because this event is guaranteed to be a great time.

For more information, check out Baltimore Magazine’s website.

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Tourism Tuesdays: Gizmos, Gadgets, and Gears at the Maryland Science Center

July 16th, 2013 by Chris Furino

ggg_lrgUntil Labor Day

Maryland Science Center – 601 Light Street

The Maryland Science Center is the perfect getaway for kids. I remember my first trip to the center, when I was at the tender age of 15, was one that was really exciting and fun. This museum / all around fun center has tons of great exhibits for all patrons to learn about anything from the human body to the solar system. Plus, the center is located right in the Inner Harbor so it could be a part of your day trip downtown. From now until Labor Day, the Maryland Science Center will be offering a new exhibit, titled Gizmos Gadgets and Gears. The main premise of this exhibit is to have patrons engineer contraptions from other objects. Do you think you can turn a mouse-trap into a race-car? Can you make a helicopter out of a rubber band and some popsicle sticks? Have you ever made and used a pin-hole camera? Or thought about turning an old CD into art? This new exhibit will certainly get your creative juices flowing. Think you’ve got the imagination? Then head down to the Maryland Science Center. If you’ve got kids of your own, you’re just babysitting someone else’s, or you want to let out the kid inside of you, this tourist spot is one you definitely want to check out.

For more information, check out the Maryland Science Center’s website.

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Museum Mondays: Ashe to Amen

July 15th, 2013 by Chris Furino

AshesToAmenDaily until Sept. 29th

Reginald F. Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture –

The traveling exhibition, Ashe to Amen: African Americans and Biblical Imagery is currently being shown at the Reginald F. Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture until September 29th. The exhibition, curated by Leslie King-Hammond, Ph.D., graduate dean emerita and founding director of the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), will present African-American artists’ interpretations of Biblical stories and traditions through historic and contemporary art at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. Ashe to Amen is among the first scholarly explorations into how the Bible has informed the multicultural African-American community’s evolving artistic expression. This exhibit will showcase a wide range of expressions of faith and the interpretations of African American Christians. It will follow the themes of creation, revelation, faith, liberation, and identity by exploring works of African American artists dating as far back to the late 19th century. This exhibit promises to be very beautiful and interesting.

For more information and admission prices, visit the museum’s website.

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Sports Saturdays: Downtown Sailing Center Open House

July 13th, 2013 by Chris Furino

DowntownSailingAugust 10th – 10am – 1pm

Downtown Sailing Center at the Museum of Industry – 1425 Key Hwy

Ahoy mateys! Have you ever wanted to try out sailing but didn’t think you were pirate enough to do it? Well go and get your sea legs and head down to the Downtown Sailing Center’s open house on August 10th from 10AM to 1PM. The open house is completely free and at it you can learn about membership, classes, summer day camp, and much more. Registration is encouraged to ensure you get a spot for your maiden voyage. Tours will run each hour so make sure you check the time you want to sign up is full. The center has various youth and adult programs which you can learn about during this open house. The center also accepts members with all levels of experience, from no experience to experts.

For more information, check out the Downtown Sailing Center’s website.

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Food Fridays: Surf and Turf Summertime Fun Festival

July 12th, 2013 by Chris Furino

Carroll-County-Farm-MuseumSaturday, July 20 – 2 to 7PM

Carroll County Farm Museum – 500 S. Center St. Westminster, MD

Come out July 20th to enjoy a Maryland State favorite, surf and turf. The Carroll Country Farm Museum is proud to present the Surf and Turf Summertime Fun Festival for another year running from 2-7pm. This event will be sure to satisfy your seafood craving with some of Maryland’s famous crabs. Food and drink will be provided, and beer sales will be held my the Knights of Columbus. The event will also feature various craft vendors, a horseshoe competition, farmhouse toys, classic car displays, and old-fashioned children’s games, among other things. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for kids ages 7-18 and adults ages 60 and over, and free for children 6 and under. This will surely be a fun and relaxing summer event.

For more information, check out the Carroll County Farm House’s website.

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Theater Thursdays: Hamlet

July 11th, 2013 by Chris Furino

BmoreShakespeareFactoryJuly 13th – 14th / The Great Hall Theater at St. Mary’s

July 18th – August 4th / The Meadow at Johns Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum

Considered by many to be Shakespeare’s greatest work, Hamlet is a tragedy of murder and revenge on the fringes of sanity. The Baltimore Shakespeare Factory will run this production at two different venues from July 13th to August 4th. Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s Hamlet runs for one weekend indoors and three weekends outdoors in the Meadow at the Evergreen Library and Museum. These outdoor performances will be held rain or shine. So, bring your own chair and an umbrella for shade or sprinkles. In the event of heavy rain or storms, shows will be held and the company will attempt to restart if possible. If weather does not permit, or for any other reason, cancellations will be announced no sooner than 2 hours prior to curtain on the company’s website. Guests are also welcome to picnic on the lawn prior to and during the show. Finally, on August 3rd, join the company for a special “Marathon on the Meadow” where patrons can view the company’s productions of “Hamlet” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

For more information, visit the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s website.

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