WEEKENDS ON WEDNESDAYS
Ongoing, DC: The National Building Museum presents a fascinating collection of architectural paper models representing buildings, cultures, and countries from Austria to Wales. The collection includes examples of hand-drawn castles, intricate cathedrals with water-colored gardens, and micro-models smaller than a postcard. Some are viewed flat; others are copied and constructed in 3-D. The collection’s models represent all 50 states and multiple countries, as well as many imaginary buildings such as farms, forts, villages, skyscrapers, and castles.
Last weekend! The Folger Shakespeare Library invites you to discover the paintings collection at the Folger before it's gone—its stories, its glories, and Shakespeare’s power to inspire visual artists. From humble oil sketches to international masterpieces, this exhibition presents a sometimes surprising, and always eye-catching, view of the man and his works.
Now-Mar 4, Olney: Olney Theatre presents this off-Broadway hit. Ray leaves his job as a classically trained French chef to take care of his dying father, a Korean immigrant, who never appreciated Ray's culinary accomplishments. Food, which normally unites people, painfully divides Ray from his father, even as it serves as the key to memory and identity for all the characters in this production. This life-affirming and perceptive drama from one of the country's most important playwrights distills the flavors of rich characters and intense relationships. Performed in English and Korean with English supertitles. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
Now-Mar 11, Baltimore: Homewood Museum presents this national traveling panel exhibition, which tells the remarkable story of Alexander Hamilton, the statesman whose face is on the ten-dollar bill, but whose life is a mystery to most Americans.
Feb 8, Bethesda: You’ll be swept away by this trio’s sheer energy and originality. In an “exhilarating all-acoustic swirl” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine), Stickley’s rapid-fire flatpicking guitar dances with Lyndsay Pruett’s sultry violin while drummer Patrick Amitage lays down deep grooves. With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop, this dynamic group crafts innovative originals and presents some captivating covers. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Jon Stickley Trio will keep you on your toes, swinging from bluegrass to ska in the span of one set.
Feb 8-11, Baltimore: Head to the Convention Center to check out the latest vehicles, including exotic and luxury brands; take a test drive, and even get your kids on a test track!
Now-Feb 10: Brighten up your February by sampling delicious prix fixe menus from some fabulous National Harbor restaurants!
Feb 9-11, Baltimore: The Wall Street Journal calls Jake Heggie "arguably the world's most popular 21st century opera and art song composer." His opera, with a libretto by Gene Scheer based in part on the true stories of two Holocaust survivors, was commissioned by Music of Remembrance and received its world premiere in May 2016.
Feb 9-24, Bowie: When the creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop assemble for a backer’s audition for a new musical on a suburban estate, things turn deadly with plenty of confusing murders and knotty plots to unravel in John Bishop’s comedic thriller. This ingenious and wildly comic romp spoofs the great murder mystery movies of the 1940s, leaving the audience to wonder, whodunit?
Feb 9-10, Annapolis: Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts presents this classic, based on one of the best loved books of all time, this show is filled with beautiful music, wonderful characters and a story that you’ll carry with you long after the last notes have sounded. This multiple Tony Award-winner, with script and lyrics by Marsha Norman and music by Lucy Simon, is a perfect show for families!
Feb 9-17, College Park: The Clarice presents this classic myth, reimagined. When Eurydice tragically perishes on her wedding day, her groom Orpheus will do anything to bring her back to life. He strikes a deal with the gods of the Underworld, but will he be able to fulfill its terms? The story is told through Eurydice’s eyes, offering a fresh perspective on her journey.
Feb 9, Columbia: The featured guest for the evening is Mike McCormack, an award-winning novelist and short story writer who lives in Galway, hails from County Mayo, Ireland. In 1996, McCormack won the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature for his first collection of short stories, Getting It in the Head. His novel Notes from a Coma was shortlisted for the Irish Book of the Year Award in 2006; in 2010, John Waters of The Irish Times described it as the greatest Irish novel of the decade just ended. McCormack's reading will be followed by traditional Irish music by Narrowbacks featuring Jesse and Terence Winch, with step dancers from the Culkin School.
Now-Feb 25, Baltimore: Based on the life of the theatre trailblazer, Ira Aldridge, the award-winning Red Velvet is making its Baltimore debut after wildly popular productions in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and London. In this critically acclaimed biographical play, the Shakespearean actor from New York is remembered for his achievements on the bittersweet road to international superstardom more than 150 years ago. Red Velvet takes you backstage to witness the drama as Aldridge prepares for his history-making performance of Othello in London in 1833. How with the cast and the public react?
Feb 9-Mar 31, Rockville: Adventure Theatre presents this classic production based on the book by Judith Viorst. Entertaining for all ages!
Feb 10-11, Baltimore: Audubon has added a Winter birding weekend! Come celebrate Birds in Baltimore: More than Migration, with guided walks to search for birds in the city.
Feb 10, Bethesda: Strathmore presents pianist Brian Ganz as he continues his journey through the complete works of Frédéric Chopin with an exploration of the composer's hidden gems and time-honored masterpieces!
Feb 8-10, Baltimore: Did you know Lexington Market has events nearly every weekend? This weekend, it's a cooking demo, a local charter school choir and a group of talented young men playing in a band. Don't miss this local culture!
Feb 10, Ellicott City: Join our shops & restaurants as we go cajun in historic Ellicott City. Find hidden mardi gras masks during our Scavenger Hunt to earn beads and win prizes with special sales, snacks and libations along the way. Our restaurants will be offering New Orleans inspired food & drink all day.
Now-Feb 11, DC: Now more than ever, the world needs the power of dance to bring people together and connect us all by our common humanity. For its annual Kennedy Center engagement, the beloved company will continue to push the art form into fascinating new territory, with multiple programs as unique and phenomenal as the Ailey dancers themselves.
Now-Feb 10, DC: With 10 Tony® nominations including Best Musical, this is a “big, fat hit!” (New York Post). Set in the ‘90s – the 1590s – this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical! Head to the National Theatre to check it out!