Spring is a time for renewal, and that’s true of Baltimore’s events. With the calendar turning to April, outdoor events like the JFX Farmers Market, First Friday and an Easter egg hunt are back in-person (with distancing). And the city’s theatre calendar is starting to fill the stages once again (in virtual formats). It’s the latest sign that we’re going to get there. Here’s this weekend’s lineup.
A Modern Illuminated Haggadah: 5:30-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 1 at Walters Art Museum. With the Walters’ acquisition of a first edition of Passover Haggadah by Polish illustrator and political satirist Arthur Szyk, Museum Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts Lynley Herbert discusses the work with Szyk expert Irvin Ungar.
The Assassination Attempt of Frederick Douglass in Baltimore: 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Friday, April 2, at President Street Station. The journalist John Muller presents research on a failed assassination attempt of the abolitionist in Baltimore, which happened less than a year after the Civil War.
First Friday: 6-8 p.m. on April 2 in Highlandtown Arts District. The art walk returns with pandemic-safe gallery activities, artist pop-ups, restaurant tastings and more.
Benito Gonzalez Trio: 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, at Keystone Korner. The pianist presents a streaming concert featuring the music of jazz legend McCoy Tyner, with drummer Billy Hart and bassist Essiet Okon Essiet.
Eclipse: Infinite Ending: 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 3, at Catalyst Contemporary. Welcome spring with the solo exhibition featuring the surrealist paintings of Baltimore-based artist and environmentalist Se Jong Cho. The central theme of the work is the solar eclipse.
Easter Bunny Egg Hunts & Train Rides: April 2&3 at B&O Railroad Museum. Grab a basket with the fam and head to the Roundhouse for an Easter egg hunt, and see if you can find the golden egg with a ticket freebie. Stay for a ride on a historic train.
Opening Day at the JFX Farmers Market: 7 a.m.-noon on Sunday, April 4, at the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar. The Sunday farmers market returns for the season with hot food and makers back in action following a produce-only lineup in 2020. Social distancing remains in effect.
Carl Cornwell Quartet: 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 4. An Die Musik Live presents a streaming concert with the sax player who has performed with Roy Haynes, Pharoah Sanders and Gil Scott-Heron. It’s an encore of an Oct. 10 performance.
“The Glorious World of Crowns, Kinks and Curls”: Streaming through April 18. Baltimore Center Stage presents a world premiere of a play by Keli Goff. It’s a mix of monologues and scenes exploring Black womanhood, and how hair is personal and political.
“Man of God“: April 2-3 at The Strand Theater. The Harford Road theater’s play by Anna Moench is described as “a funny feminist thriller about that moment when girls realize the male gaze has been watching all along—and decide they’re definitely gonna do something about it.”