Weekend Plans: What to Do 2/22-2/25

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THURSDAY 22

Event: Honoring the Ancestors
Historians and more gather to discuss the “Middle Passage and Port Markets of Maryland.”
6 p.m. at the Randallstown branch of BCPL. 

Event: Stoop Storytelling’s That 80s Show
Grab your hairspray and don your legwarmers for That 80s Show: Stories from a Decade of Excess, Fear, Big Hair, and the Bomb. The show, produced by Stoop Storytelling, brings true-life tales of life in the rad-est decade from local raconteurs. Get there early for cocktails and live ’80s jams and prepare for a gnarly night.
The Senator Theatre. Tickets: $20.

Music: Rite of Spring
Did you know that Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” incited a riot upon its debut in 1913? Though the exact cause of the uproar is unclear, music historians postulate that everything from the dissonant chords to the thundering rhythm threw the crowd into fits. Despite (or perhaps because of) this, the piece is frequently performed to this day. This iteration, presented by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, is followed by a more melodious performance by saxophonist Branford Marsalis … but even still, you might want to bring your shield to be safe.
$30-$99. Feb. 22 at the Meyerhoff and Feb. 25 at the Strathmore.

FRIDAY 23

Comedy: Demetri Martin
“I like to use ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter’ on my toast in the morning,” jokes comedian Demetri Martin in one of his stand-up specials, “because sometimes when I eat breakfast I like to be incredulous.” Martin, a former writer for “Late Night” and contributor to “The Daily Show,” brings his trademark deadpan delivery to Baltimore as a rescheduled stop from his 2017 Let’s Get Awkward Tour. He’s in town for one night only, so be sure not to miss it this time around.
Feb. 23, the Hippodrome. $60.

Exhibit: Fueling the Automobile Age 
Be among the first to see the Baltimore Museum of Industry’s newest exhibition, Fueling the Automobile Age, which investigates the impact of oil companies on the development of the auto industry.
Permanent exhibition, included in the price of admission.

Festival: The American Craft Show
Is it too early to think about your 2018 holiday shopping? Probably, but who could resist picking up a gift or two at the American Craft Show? The enormous craft fair brings more than 650 artists from around the country together to peddle every artisan ware you could imagine: Jewelry, clothing, furniture, home décor and more. The weekend will include plenty of oohing and aahing, of course, but also programming including craft workshops, a fashion show, a “room” outfitted entirely by in-house vendors and other offerings.
Feb. 23-25 at the Baltimore Convention Center. $16 one-day pass, $36 three-day pass. 

Books: Laura Lippman
The celebrated local novelist reads from her newest, “Sunburn,” followed by a book signing.
7 p.m. at the Ivy Bookshop.

Opera: Sweeney Todd
Head to the barber as Baltimore Concert Opera shares Stephen Sondheim’s classic tale of Sweeney Todd. Enrich the experience by coming early for a free, pre-performance lecture 30 minutes before the show.
Feb. 23 and 25, Grand Ballroom at The Engineer’s Club, 7 p.m. (Feb. 23) and 3 p.m. (Feb. 25), $27.50-$71.50

SATURDAY 24

Music: Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
The Ensemble presents “Improvised Soul,” their 45th anniversary tour, as part of the 14th annual Black History Month Celebration at An die Musik Live.
8 & 9:30 pm at An Die. 

Dance: Teelin Irish Dance
The Teelin Irish Dance company presents their annual “Irish Storm” show.
7 p.m. at the Weinberg Center for the Arts. 

 

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