July 25th, 2013 by Chris Furino
I’m beginning to realize that there are a LOT of weekly film options in Baltimore during the summer, and I am definitely not upset about it. If Cinema al Fresco or Flicks From the Hill don’t work for you, or you just want to add another film festival to your weekly to-do, then be sure to check out Films on the Pier. This event runs every Wednesday through August 28th at 8:45PM and will feature some of the best films of 2012. The event is totally free and will feature some really awesome films. For the next event, on July 31st, Flight, starring Denzel Washington, will be playing. Other films include 21 Jump Street, The Avengers, and Pitch Perfect. Be sure to get there early to guarantee you have the best spot to view the film. Films on the Pier will truly be a great, weekly outing for all to enjoy.
For more information, visit Fell’s Point Main Street’s website.
July 24th, 2013 by Chris Furino
Starting at Max’s Sidebar – 731 S. Broadway
Eat, drink, be terrified. Weekends through November 30th, men and women age 21 and up can step through the doors of some of Fell’s Point’s most haunted pubs for a fascinating tour of this historic maritime neighborhood. For just $20, patrons can partake in a 2 hour tour of Historic Fell’s Point seeing some of its spookiest bars and hangouts, all while enjoying some food and drink. Don’t be surprised if you get chills, goosebumps, or the hair on your neck stands up as participants have even described having ghost sightings right in front of their eyes. Be sure to buy your tickets early, as this event frequently sells out early. As a reminder, the tour is only for people 21 and older.
For more information, visit the Baltimore Ghost Tours’ website.
July 23rd, 2013 by Chris Furino
National Aquarium – 501 E Pratt St
The National Aquarium is excited to open a new exhibit that is bound to leave patrons in awe. On August 8th, the aquarium will debut its new Blacktip Reef Exhibit! This exhibit is full of color, light, and movement; and is located in the heart of the aquarium. The exhibit is filled with coral, meant to replicate Indo-Pacific reefs, and is active with life that guests can view from many vantage points. Plus, the exhibit will feature a newly constructed floor-to-ceiling pop-out window that will allow guests to literally come face to face with the creatures of the sea. Among the animals in the exhibit is a 500 pound green sea turtle named Calypso, who was the first creature introduced to the new environment. The exhibit will be replacing Wings in the Water and includes 65 species of animal, 3,000 coral, and 260,000 gallons of water! There will be Blacktip Reef Sharks and Rays in the exhibit as well! Some features include daily interactive presentations, shark feedings, and seating in an underwater viewing area, among other things. The exhibit promises to be an exciting addition to the Baltimore landmark!
For more information, to view construction progress, and see videos of Indo-Pacific reefs visit the National Aquarium’s website.
July 22nd, 2013 by Chris Furino
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.
July 20th, 2013 by Chris Furino
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.
July 19th, 2013 by Chris Furino
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.
July 18th, 2013 by Chris Furino
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.
July 17th, 2013 by Chris Furino
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.
July 16th, 2013 by Chris Furino
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.
July 15th, 2013 by Chris Furino
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.