Weekend Plans: What to Do 3/1-3/4

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THURSDAY 1

Theater: Animal Farm 
“All animals are equal,” writes George Orwell in his classic satirical novel Animal Farm, “but some animals are more equal than others.” Sound familiar? Orwell’s 1940s “fairy story” was disturbingly prescient; its themes of inequality, socialism and dictatorship have remained consistently applicable in various forms throughout modern history. And when better to revisit it than in the midst of our current climate? See Baltimore Center Stage take on Snowball, Napoleon and the rest of the allegorical gang in a gritty, thoughtful adaptation that’s sure to stay with you long after you’ve left the theater.
March 1- April 1, Baltimore Center Stage. $20-$74. 

Exhibit: Birds and Bees
When you think of birdhouses, odds are you’re remembering your days learning how to use a hammer in home economics. But believe us — avian residences have evolved. Case in point: Birds and Bees, and Their Houses, an exhibit of birdhouses ranging from cool and quirky to artful and imposing. The exhibition is perfect for bird-lovers of all ages, made even better by its location in the Eastern Shore’s Chestertown, a coastal town with a reputation for fantastic birdwatching.
March 1-30, River Arts, Chestertown. Free. 

FRIDAY 2

Theater: Hand to God
Fair warning: Hand to God is not for the faint of heart. The play, which tells the convoluted tale of a teenage boy becoming controlled by his evil puppet (a Satan stand-in, but really, a reflection of his own id) is anything but appropriate. But it’s also far more than shock comedy or dark drama. The play, which was nominated for multiple Tony Awards, explores the reality of grief, the stifling nature of conservative society and the difficulty (and danger) of truly expressing oneself. If you can stand some foul language and mature themes, it’s certainly worth the watch.
March 2-17, StillePointe Theatre. 

Art: Painterly 
Fells Point’s Steven Scott Gallery has become known for its impressive stable of contemporary American artists, their unique works both exhibited and sold along the waterfront. The gallery’s latest show, Painterly, focuses on oil and acrylic painting and highlights work from favorites Robert Andriulli, Gary Bukovnik, Ellen Hill, Sheep Jones, Kathryn O’Grady and Frank Trefny.
Through March 31, Steven Scott Gallery. Free. 

Art: Jim Condron
Explore Jim Condron’s latest at an opening reception with the author, featuring a discussion of the “Economics of Art” with Doreen Bolger and David Finlay.
6-7:15 at Goucher College’s Sibler Library. 

SATURDAY 3

Speaker: Jeanne Robertson
“The first rule of success? Show up,” says humorist, author and motivational speaker Jeanne Robertson. Take her advice: The former Miss North Carolina 1963 has plenty of wisdom to share, spanning from her days as a pageant queen to the phases of aging, and is well worth showing up for. Though she doesn’t consider herself a comedian, the 6’2’’ powerhouse has appeared frequently on satellite radio on shows like “Laugh USA” and “Blue Collar Comedy,” as well as had many videos go viral. Sounds like success to us.
Modell- Lyric. $32+. 

Event: Maryland Home & Garden Show
Ring in the spring with the biannual Maryland Home & Garden Show, the perfect event for lovers of flowers, furnishings and fun. The weekends offer plenty of things to do: Purchase orchids from the Maryland Orchid Society, visit a free wine tasting, take your tots to the petting zoo or explore crafts and more from 100+ vendors.
March 3-4 & 9-11, Maryland State Fairgrounds. Adults, $12; Seniors (62+), $10; Kids 6-12, $3; Kids under 6 and active military, police & fire employees with ID, free.

Music: Violinist Benjamin Beilman
World-renowned violinist Benjamin Beilman has received just about every compliment a classical musician can: “Prodigious artist,” “sound perfection,” “brilliant” and “rare and wonderful,” to name a few. The young musician has performed as a soloist and with orchestras around the world, and now takes the stage in Baltimore with pianist Orion Weiss (himself “an effortlessly brilliant performer,” “bewitching” and “technically dazzling”). See the pair perform March 3 at UMBC’s Linehan Concert Hall. Free.

Fundraiser: Baltimore Free Farm/Going Away with a Bang
Local nutritionist Katie Sampayo hosts a fundraiser for the Baltimore Free Farm, a nonprofit that salvages slightly damaged fresh produce and redistributes it to community members in need. Enjoy food, drinks, music and more for a good cause.
$15 suggested donation. 6-9 p.m. at Christopher Schafer Clothier.

SUNDAY 4

Music: Meklit 
World musician Meklit makes her debut in Baltimore with a night of Ethio-Jazz. (You might recognize her from her TED talk, “The Unexpected Beauty of Everyday Sounds.”). An Ethiopian dinner is also available for an additional fee.
Tickets: $15. Doors open at 6:30, show begins at 7 at Motor House. 

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