Weekend Plans: What to Do 3/8-3/11

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THURSDAY 8

Lecture: Museum Displays and Power Dynamics
The annual Ted Low lecture, given by cultural strategist/educator Keonna Hendrick, “tackles issues of cultural appropriation in museum displays, and strategies for combating it in institutional settings.”
Free. 7-8:30 at the Walters Art Museum. 

Music: From Vienna to Broadway
Pop quiz: Do you know the difference between a musical and an operetta? As its name suggests, an operetta is a “little opera,” or one that is generally shorter and features lighter content, as well as some non-sung acting. Musicals, on the other hand, are plays interspersed with musical numbers. Join conductor Jack Everly and three Broadway performers in toeing the line at the BSO’s From Vienna to Broadway, where selections from “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Candide” and other favorites will be performed. March 8 Strathmore, and March 9-11 Meyerhoff. $33-$99. 410-783-8000, bsomusic.org 

FRIDAY 9

Theater: Gertrude Stein and a Companion
Legendary novelist/poet/playwright Gertrude Stein’s list of friends reads a bit like our dream dinner party: Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, to name a few. But her most consistent companion, and the sole other character on stage in this production, is little-known Alice B. Toklas. After her partner’s death, Toklas reflects on Stein’s life in the form of conversation with her (Stein’s) ghost in an intellectual discourse that makes for great dialogue.
$19-$24. March 2-25 at the Fells Point Corner Theatre. fpct.org

Theater: The Winter’s Tale
We know, we know: This is supposed to be a spring arts preview. But Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” is anything but cold. The convoluted plot twists from suspected infidelity to treachery and tragedy, giving way to magic and romance and miracles so quickly you may find yourself wishing for an instant replay. But really, who better than the bard to take you on such a journey? (P.S. Harry Potter fans, this is where our beloved Hermione got her name!)
$16-$50. March 9–April 7 at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. 410-244-8570, chesapeakeshakespeare.com

Art: Solo Exhibitions
School 33 Art Center presents works by Zoe Charlton and Lydia Pettit in the Main and Members galleries.
On view March 9-April 28, 2018. 

Lecture: Intercambio
Hear a special presentation of the Stoop Storytelling Series in Intercambio: Stories About Inspiration and Exchange Across the Border, in conjunction with the BMA’s “Crossing Borders: Mexican Modernist Prints” exhibition.
Friday, March 9, from 7-10 p.m. at the BMA’s Meyerhoff Auditorium.

SATURDAY 10

Festival: Maple Syrup Festival 
Ever wondered how maple syrup is really made? Sure, most of it is cooked up in a factory these days, but Cunningham Falls State Park wants to return to the sweet stuff’s roots. Enter the 48th Annual Maple Syrup Festival, a celebration of the traditional craft of maple syrup-making. Park rangers demonstrate the entire process, from tapping trees for sap to boiling it down to the tasty pancake topper. The event offers the opportunity to buy a delicious hot breakfast (and test that syrup out!), as well as maple products, crafts and more.
March 10-11, 17-18, Saturdays and Sundays. Cunningham Falls State Park, William Houck Area. $3. 301-271-3423, cunninghamgambrill.org/Events 

Event: Illuminate
Celebrate 60 years of Harford Community College with a cocktail party, silent auction and dancing.
7 p.m. at APG Federal Credit Union Arena. 

SUNDAY 11

Fitness: Under Armour KELLY St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K
Get your green on and head downtown for one of Baltimore’s largest and most spirited 5K races.
Charles and Mulberry Streets, 1:15 p.m. $45, irishparade.net/shamrock-5k/

Conference: Logan Visionary Conference 
In conjunction with their latest major exhibition, The Great Mystery Show, the American Visionary Art Museum presents its annual Visionary Conference on the topic “Two Views of Heaven: Spiritual/Theological and Astrophysical/Scientific.” The conference will feature presentations from five speakers across all viewpoints, from a Catholic priest/astronomer to an attorney-turned-psychic.
Free, but registration required. 1-4 p.m. at the AVAM.

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