Music: Valerie June
Combining folk, blues, soul and country, artist Valerie June is a force to be reckoned with. The native Tennessean describes her music as “organic moonshine roots music,” a combination which could only be enriched by none other than the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In BSO Pulse tradition, the evening features an opener by the symphony, followed by June’s performance, and finishes off with both June and the orchestra performing together. Happy hour drinks, live performances and food and brews from Baltimore restaurants will be available at a pre-concert party in the lobby. March 22, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. $35-$55. 410-783-8000. bsomusic.org
Music: Through the Grapevine
When one thinks of “Thirsty Thursday,” the ensuing image is more likely to involve beer-guzzling bros than divas acing aria after aria as oenophiles look on … but at the Baltimore Concert Opera, it’s all about the latter. Their popular “Thirsty Thursdays at the Opera” series returns with Through the Grapevine, a program featuring wine tastings specifically designed to complement operatic offerings performed by some of the country’s best singers. (The songs will be accompanied, too, by discussions about the musical selections and musicians.)
March 22. Grand Ballroom of the Engineers Club. $29. 443-445-0226, baltimoreconcertopera.com
Theater: Taste of Everyman: Aubergine
Crank your theater experience up a notch by coming early for a pre-show cocktail party featuring special food and drink from The French Kitchen, curated specifically for this show.
Everyman Theatre, 6 p.m., $60 (pre-show and show ticket), everymantheatre.org
Dance: Drawing the Universe
This spring, three DMV-based dance companies join forces for Drawing the Universe, a stunning showcase of classic and contemporary elements. The event includes three groups: BlueShift Dance, which sponsors the event and hails from Charm City; LucidBeings, which was founded last year in Ellicott City; and Washington, D.C.-based Sylvi Dances. P.S. If the show, which explores “the stuff we’re made of, from the subatomic to the universal,” inspires the desire for more dance, stick around for the Baltimore Independent Dance Artist’s (BIDA) Season Concert.
March 23, Theatre Project. $15-$20. 410-752-8558. theatreproject.org
Event: Art in Bloom
Experience the ultimate combination of indoor and outdoor art at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts’ 16th Annual Art in Bloom. The stunning celebration features floral arrangements created to reflect or complement the museum’s visual art pieces. Linger among lilies, lilacs and still-lifes, then head to one of the design demonstrations or enjoy refreshments with fellow flower-lovers.
March 23-25, the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown. Prices vary. 301-739-5727, wcmfa.org
Art: Art After Hours
Head to the Baltimore Museum of Art for Art After Hours: Moondust and Stargazing, a celebration of the new Spencer Finch installation. Enjoy music and dancing, stargazing, an artist talk from Stephen Towns, spirits tasting with the Baltimore Whiskey Company, DIY constellations with artist Rene Trevino, cocktails, long-exposure photography and more!
$20-$25. 8 p.m. at the BMA.
Art: Buddhism and the Art of Enlightenment
The Walters Art Museum presents its annual Ford lecture featuring Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman. In conjunction with the Walters’ new Art of Asia exhibit, Thurman will speak about “religion and spirituality, Asian history, world philosophy, Buddhist science, and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism.”
Free. 2-3:30 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum.
Event: Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning
It might not seem like it, but spring is upon us…which means it’s time for the traditional Annapolis Oyster Roast and Sock Burning. During the annual event, Marylanders set fire to their winter socks while reciting the “Ode to Equinox.” There are plenty of less occult-ish things to do, to: live music, Best Oyster Dish tasting contest, shucking contest, kids’ activities and more.
Tickets: $25. 12-4 p.m. Annapolis Maritime Museum.
18th Annual Casey Cares Galaxy Gala
Get ready for an out-of-this-world evening filled with dinner, dancing, auctions and so much more, benefiting critically ill children and their families through the Casey Cares Foundation.
American Visionary Art Museum. 6:30-11 p.m. $150/person. caseycares.org
Fitness: Yoga at the Zoo
Whether you’re new to yoga or have been practicing for years, this class will offer a unique experience as you stretch and pose inside the Penguin Coast. Ages 15 and up. Registration required. Cost includes same day zoo admission.
Maryland Zoo. 8-10 a.m. $10/ members, $20/non-members.