Weekends on Wednesday (Easter Weekend)

 Opening this Week:

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Baltimore) 
Enter Vera Stark, a determined and headstrong African American maid to a white movie star. But it turns out that Vera is an actress, too! When the stars align and both actresses are cast in the same Southern epic, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with an unexpected and debated legacy scholars will question for decades to come. Deliciously funny and wildly entertaining.

In bucolic Bucks County, PA, Vanya and his sister Sonia have frittered their lives away living in the same farmhouse where they were raised. Their quiet existence of unease and regret, however, is rocked by the arrival of their glamorous movie star sister (and landlord) Masha, and her hunky boy toy, Spike. As their visit unfolds, a lifetime of sibling rivalry explodes into a weekend of comedic pyrotechnics. Acclaimed playwright Christopher Durang (The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Sister Mary Ignatius…, Center Stage’s My America) weaves Chekhovian themes and modern wit into an unforgettable experience critics have hailed as “a sublime state of hilarity” (New York Magazine). Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a co-production with Kansas City Repertory Theatre.

A selection of 10 drawings from the 1960s and 70s by contemporary masters David Hockney, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, and others reveals there are as many approaches to the human figure as there are artists. This is the second exhibition from the Museum's Thomas E. Benesch Memorial Collection, a group of more than 140 outstanding drawings by international contemporary artists.

Want to go to an Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Parade, Easter Train Ride, or other Easter event in Maryland?  Here is a list!

This weekend:

Awesome Con D.C. (Washington Convention Center)  
What do a retired NASA astronaut, two of the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, actor Cary Elwes and party-rocker Andrew W.K. have in common? They're among the small galaxy of personalities who will appear during Awesome Con D.C., a three-day celebration of comic books, science fiction, art and music at the Washington Convention Center. The event runs Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.awesomecondc.com for a full list of guest appearances and events.

April 19th:

The Grand National is the most demanding three mile timber race—a critical difference, as the shorter distance means racing faster over eighteen unyielding obstacles.

Organic Gardening Workshop (Upper Marlboro)  
In a world of monoculture crops and uncertainty about where our food comes from, growing our own organic food can be an excellent and often cheaper alternative. Vegetable gardening is also a great way to teach children where their food comes from and is an all around great family activity. If you've never started a garden before and want to learn, this program is for you or if you'd like to learn to garden without pesticides and natural fertilizers, we recommend this workshop. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty and comfortable shoes. Dress for the weather!

Earth Day Celebration (Elk Neck State Park) 
Come out and do your part for Earth Day! Help in various capacities in the park and afterwards enjoy a live animal program featuring some of Maryland's most common birds of prey and reptiles. Meet in the North East Beach Area. Call for more details.

Musing at the Bromo (Baltimore) 
Every 3rd Saturday, 2pm, 11th Floor.  Free live music, drinks and good vibes

Chesapeake anglers excited about the start of the rockfish season can enjoy their favorite sport and support three great causes by participating in the Annual Boatyard Bar & Grill Opening Day "Catch & Release" Rockfish tournament.

Help clean up Savage Park and get rewarded with heart pounding fun.  You get a free zip line or a giant swing or Terrapin Tower climb for your efforts.  Meet us at our base camp at Savage Mill and wear gloves and clothes that can get wet and dirty.  Good clean fun!

Kid Fest (Ellicott City) 
Come experience what Howard County Recreation & Parks has to offer your children at the 1st annual Kids Fest at Meadowbrook Park! Geared towards children 2-12 years old, this event features sports instruction, games, activities, arts & crafts, food and much more. The whole family is invited. Preregistration is encouraged but not required. $5 Registration

Ellicott City Spring Celebration (Historic Ellicott City) 
Don’t miss one of the best Spring Festivals in the region, our Annual Spring Celebration! 3 Stages of Live Music with 22+ bands, Craft Beer Gardens, Food, Family Activities, Shopping, & Free Earth Day Family Activities.

April 20th:

Join us for 10 races, three pony race, three flat races, four Timer Jump Race. Fun for the whole family. Live bands, carriage parade, lead line pony, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, meet the Jockeys, and book signing.


The Renoir Returns (Baltimore) 
More than 60 years after its theft from the BMA, Pierre-Auguste Renoir's On the Shore of the Seine (c. 1879) returns to public view!

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