April 2011 - 2015
Just because “THE WAR CAME BY TRAIN” may be the B&O Railroad Museum’s primary attraction from now through 2015, don’t assume there’s no rush to get there: Hop aboard early to glimpse the largest collection ever assembled of Civil War railroad locomotives and artifacts— some of which have never before been viewed by the public. Celebrating the five-year commemoration of the Civil War’s sesquicentennial, the exhibit highlights the Baltimore railroad’s prominent role in one of our nation’s greatest conflicts. B&O Railroad Museum. 410-752-2490, http://www.borail.org —K.H.
This visual tour at Ladew Gardens will include such well-known parks as Luxembourg, Tulleries & Bagatelle, smaller gardens such a Monceau, Rodin & Carnavalet. CeCe Haydock is a lecturer on historic gardens & a practicing landscape architect.
June 9 - 2015
Ladies, get out your Austen-inspired frocks and bonnets, and gentlemen, dig up that smart cravat you’ve been saving. Period attire is optional at the Maryland Historical Society’s upcoming event Our Flag Was Still There: The Bicentennial Gala of the War of 1812. Even if you opt for black tie, you’ll still enjoy a multicourse dinner with an open bar and dancing to live music by Big Ray and the Kool Kats. And you’ll get a privileged first look at the new exhibit “In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland During the War of 1812,” which encapsulates not just the war itself, but the culture of the whole era. Through paintings, household artifacts, jewelry, portraits, uniforms and documents, visitors get a complete picture of what life was like during the period. Gala: June 9 at 6 p.m. Tickets, $250. Exhibit opens to the public June 10, and will remain open through 2015, undergoing periodic changes to reflect the progression of the war and the era. http://www.mdhs.org.
BSO presents The Music of Led Zeppelin, July 27, Pier Six Concert Pavilion, 410-783-4189, piersixpavilion.com
Can we talk about Bob Dylan’s voice for a moment? At 72, Dylan’s famed nasally cry has become what The New York Times calls “avuncular, the wry cackle of a codger who still has an eye for the ladies.” Other media outlets haven’t been so kind. “A zombie bullfrog holler,” opines The Tampa Bay Times. A “gargle of a vocal,” says The Wall Street Journal. Still, the guy is a living legend, and even if you think his voice sounds like rocks in a food processor (not necessarily a bad thing), the opening acts—Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Ryan Bingham—make the Bard’s Americanarama tour worth checking out. Merriweather Post Pavilion, July 23. Tickets, $46-$215. 410-715-5550, http://www.merriweathermusic.com
Baltimore’s hottest blues festival keeps scoring bigger and bigger headliners. This year Grace Potter and the Nocturnals take the lead at the Hot August Blues and Roots Festival at Oregon Ridge Park. Potter and her band have enjoyed some big-time success over the past couple of years—and now they’re playing Cockeysville! Aug. 17. Tickets, $49-$169. 877-321-FEST, http://www.hotaugustblues.com
Through June 9, 2014
Betsy has always been our favorite Bonaparte. The Baltimore socialite who married Napoleon’s brother, Jerome, finally gets an exhibit of her own at the Maryland Historical Society. “Woman of Two Worlds:” Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and Her Quest for an Imperial Legacy tells the scandalous story of Betsy’s marriage to, and abandonment by, Jerome and her ensuing rise as one of the wealthiest and most well-known women in America. “I think what is most remarkable about Elizabeth is that she truly lived on her own terms,” says exhibit curator Alexandra Deutsch. “She was ready to take on Napoleon, she was one of the first women to have influence on style in Baltimore … This exhibition offers a look at her whole fascinating life.” Highlights of the exhibit, which features paintings, documents, jewelry and other memorabilia from the Baltimore belle, include an amethyst and pearl crown given to Betsy by Prince Jerome, a mannequin modeled after her exact proportions and a large collection of her silver pieces. Through June 9, 2014. Tickets, $9 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for students and children. 410-685-3750, http://www.mdhs.org