History of Women’s Beer, Home and Garden Show, Joan Mitchell Exhibit and more

The Joan Mitchell exhibit opens to the public this weekend at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of Baltimore Museum of Art.

March celebrates Women’s History Month and will also bring St. Patrick’s Day later this month. From discussions of the important role women have played in the brewing industry to the first St. Paddy’s Day festivities this weekend has us raising a glass in Baltimore. With several theatrical and musical performances in town and the return of the Spring Maryland Home and Garden Show, there is a lot going on.

While the city of Baltimore has lifted its mask mandate, businesses can still require customers to wear a mask. Some sites also require proof of vaccination and/or a negative COVID-19 test. Check the requirements before attending an event.

Here is the schedule for the weekend:

Violin concerto, from Thursday March 3 to Sunday March 6, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Violinist Ray Chen will perform the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Kevin John Edusei will conduct Ravel’s “La valse”, Schreker’s “Chamber Symphony” and Braunfels’ Symphonic Variations on an old French children’s song.

Africa Unplugged, 7 p.m., Friday March 4, An Die Musik Live! Multi-genre band Africa Unplugged combine traditional West African percussion instruments with guitar and bass for a funky, soulful, bluesy sound. The group is led by founder, songwriter and djembe master Atiba Rorie.

Puffs Play, Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6, Spotlighters Theatre. Even if you didn’t spend your childhood with your nose in the Harry Potter books, you probably have a passing knowledge of the story of the Boy Who Lived. But there was another story in the works that you probably never heard. The members of Hufflepuff House, or the “Puffs”, were there from the start, though they were rarely in the spotlight – until now. “Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Hectic Years at a Certain School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” tells Potter’s stories from a new angle. The play, which began Off-Broadway, will be performed in Baltimore. The Spotlighters Theater production will premiere Friday, March 4 and run through March 20.

Home and Garden Show, Saturday, March 5 and Sunday, March 6, Maryland State Fairgrounds. After a hiatus in 2021, the Spring Maryland Home and Garden Show will return this weekend. The event, which spans this weekend and next, will feature hundreds of home and garden exhibitors, multiple guest speakers, giveaways, orchid sales (second weekend only) and more.

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, 1-9 p.m., Saturday, March 5, O’Donnell Square Park. St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until March 17, but some bars in Guangzhou are celebrating early. Establishments participating in the pub crawl include Cowboy Row Saloon and Chophouse, Silks, Walt’s Inn, Southern Provisions, El Buffalo, Looney’s Pub, Lee’s Pint & Shell and Claddagh Pub. Customers can register at O’Donnell Square Park to receive a wristband, card and other items. Then, head to participating locations with free admissions.

Women’s Beer-story, 1-4 p.m., Saturday March 5, Checkerspot Brewing Company. To celebrate Women’s History Month, Checkerspot has brewed four beers using 200-year-old recipes from Mary Eaton’s 1822 book on brewing quality beer, “The Cook and Housekeeper’s Complete & Universal Dictionary “. Beer historian Maureen O’Prey will give two talks: one on the history of women in brewing and another on Eaton’s beers. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit The Well, a woman serving non-profit.

Black Business Pop Up, 2-6 p.m., Saturday, March 5, 311 North Warwick Ave. This pop-up boutique event will feature over 40 black-owned businesses. The event, which is free, will also include live music, a photo booth, food, drinks and more. RSVP to receive a goodie bag.

Iceage Band, doors open 8 p.m., Saturday, March 5, Ottobar. Danish band Iceage will perform, with a guest appearance from rock band Sloppy Jane fronted by Haley Dahl.

Joan Mitchell exhibition, Sunday March 6, Baltimore Museum of Art. The John Mitchell exhibit opens to the public on Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The exhibition, co-curated by the BMA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, explores the abstract artist’s more than 40-year career and features 70 pieces, including acclaimed masterpieces and rarely seen works . The exhibition will be open to BMA members on March 4 and 5 and will be open to the public from March 6 to August 14.

Ministry Band, doors open 6 p.m., show starts 7 p.m., Sunday, March 6, Baltimore Soundstage. Metal band Ministry will perform at Baltimore Soundstage, along with special guest bands Melvins and Corrosion of Conformity.

My First Love, 7 p.m., Sunday, March 6, La Familia Arts and Media. In Cornelius Adams’ play “My First Love,” two high school sweethearts realize they still have feelings for each other. The catch: one of them is engaged to an unfaithful fiancé.

Taco Eating Contest, 7 p.m., Sunday, March 6, Papi’s Taco Joint. If you can be the first to eat six tacos and drink one drink, you’ll earn free tacos for a month. The contest is free, but you must be 21 or older. Registration is limited to 10 participants.

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