After triumphing in the Preakness, American Pharoah is set to run for the Triple Crown on Saturday up in New York. It also happens to be Pimlico’s last day of live racing this season, which is as good a reason as any to throw a party.
Film and fashion have always gone hand in hand. Classic cinema particularly has always set our standard for glamor and class. In the original Oceans 11, the Rat Pack star as World War II compatriots who pull off the ultimate Las Vegas heist. If that’s not a place to draw your style inspiration from, what is? This Thursday, the Creative Alliance invites you to suit and get your swagger on. See the film, dress the part, and enjoy an evening of inspired style.
The much-beloved Kinetic Sculpture Race has been successfully rescheduled! It’s now on for Sunday, June 14th. And it takes a whole lot of help to make it go! Want to get in on the action (and have a blast) without having to help pedal a gigantic poodle on wheels? Of course you do. Dress funny, get muddy, and help one of the most fun events of the year go off without a hitch. Attend a volunteer meeting this week and see what it’s all about!
Events at Ladew tend to sell out quickly, so we say get in on this one while there’s still time. Ladew Gardens, that incredible topiary and nature center in our own backyard has started a series called Eco-Explorers. And it’s the perfect time of year for it, too. This series examines aspects of natural science through hands-on exploration and classroom learning as well. Participants will learn different aspects of natural exploration and then get outside to put these new skills to use! On Sunday, June 14th, the series’ special guest will be Dr. Brian Masters, a professor at Towson.
The folks over at Make Tribe are redefining the term “craft beer.” Next weekend, they’ll be offering a one-evening workshop at Baltimore Clayworks, where participants will create their own ceramic beer stein under the guidance of expert instructor Mary Cloonan. Monument City Brewing will also be on hand with samples of their newest ales. This is a great opportunity to learn all about beer-making, ceramics, and how awesome it is when the two come together. Not a common occurrence, for some reason.
If you’re in the mood for a few good laughs (and we mean really good ones), save this Saturday and hit the Ottobar for a free evening of fantastic standup. Mike Quindlen is an amazingly funny guy who’s put together a monthly comedy night that will knock your socks off. The show starts early– doors are at 7pm, and comedy starts at 7:30. There are also drink specials all night on beers from Monument City Brewing Company. It’s a great way to kick off your Saturday night– you’ll surely be chuckling to yourself long after the show is over.
There are many, many ways for a community to come together. And there are just as many ways for us to celebrate our city. Now more than ever, it seems that Baltimore needs us to get out there and show our love for our city and our communities. And with the fantastic spring weather, and the amazing grass-roots organizing we’ve seen recently, this is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the best that Baltimore has to offer. Druid Hill Park has long been beloved by Baltimoreans for its sprawling green hills, amazing views, and so much more. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Druid Hill Reservoir was the site of weekly outdoor festivals that brought the community together around a love of art, and of the park itself. And it’s in the spirit of these historic festivals that Art Outside was created. It’s a one-day festival the recreates the sense of creativity and community that made those historic gatherings so special.
All week, Baltimoreans have banded together. Organizations have created safe spaces for our children who were not in school, artists have provided free concerts and events, and restaurants have opened their doors providing complimentary meals as a show of support in a difficult time for our city. There’s so much amazing grass roots and word-of-mouth organizing going on right now. And at the same time, some of our most well-established institutions have also made themselves felt as a presence this week.
Needless to say, Baltimore is having a moment right now. Freddie Gray’s death has shaken this city, and no matter where you personally come down on the protests in response, the impact is undeniable. Our city has a lot to think about, and certainly a lot of cleaning up to do. We also have a whole lot of kids who will surely be asking questions, trying to make sense of things, and seeking some semblance of calm and stability in this climate of uncertainty.