The BSO’s Holiday Spectacular is a highlight of the season. (Image via Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)
The BSO’s Holiday Spectacular is a highlight of the season. (Image via Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)

It’s the last big weekend before the holidays. With holiday markets featuring local artists and makers, there are plenty of events around the city to help your prep. Plus, a few festive concerts provide the season’s sounds. Here’s the weekend lineup:

Leslie Odom, Jr. with the BSO: 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The Tony Award winning vocalist performs with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a special holiday program.

Phoenix Rising: An Art Show Celebrating Revival and Rebirth: Dec. 17-18 at Phoenix Art Yard. Welcome a new exhibition at the Pigtown art space with two events. On Friday, Dec. 17 at 6 p.m., a soft opening will debut the artwork and introduce the Art Yard’s vision for 2022. On Saturday, Dec. 18, a grand reception features artists, music, dancing and an interactive exhibit where attendees can share stories of survival and rebirth.

Ginuwine: 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, at Baltimore Soundstage. The R&B singer known for hits such as “Pony” and “So Anxious” performs with a full band, and is joined on the bill by Shandell Crutchfield and SymphonySyngz.

The Jonathan Gilmore Project Presents A Journey To Funktopia: 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, at Creative Alliance. Gilmore began his career as a background vocalist, before forming a soulful band that has played to success around Baltimore over the last five years. They’ll be performing works from the upcoming album, “Yes Love Music.”

Hampden Flea Holiday Market: 5-10 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17 at the Baltimore Free Farm. Browse gift options from local arts and craft vendors. Plus, Snake Hill will be onhand with food.

“The Conductor”: 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, at SNF Parkway. A new documentary chronicles classical music and conductor Marin Alsop, who long served as BSO music director. At SNF Parkway, Alsop, director Bernadette Wegenstein and producer Annette Porter will be onhand for a Q&A. Plus, there will be a performance from Triple Threat Brass.

Ottobar Maker’s Market: Holiday Edition: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, at Ottobar. Doing some last minute shopping? Head to the Baltimore rock club for an indoor maker’s market featuring 25 local vendors.

Under $500: Dec. 17-18, at Maryland Art Place, in-person and online. Downtown Baltimore’s Maryland Art Place presents the annual affordable art sale, with works on view in the first-floor gallery and a virtual exhibition. The main event takes place Dec. 17 from 6-10 p.m. Programming also includes a second chance event to see the artwork in person on Dec. 18, and a virtual exhibition. (Note: This is a rescheduled date for this event following a postponement.)

Russian Dance & Romance: 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18, at An Die Musik Live! Mezzo-Soprano Hannah Wardell and Nicholas Bavani carry forward the tradition of Russian ballet through operatic arrangements. They perform works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Scared Scriptless: 8 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 18, at The Lyric. The comedic duo, widely known from TV’s “Whose Line is it Anyway?” perform improvised scenes based on audience suggestions.

Holiday Spectacular: Dec. 18-19 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Choral Arts Society perform a festive program, joined by Santa Tap and spoken word artist Wordsmith.

Holiday Farmers Market: 7 a.m.-12 p.m., under I-83 downtown. Close out the season at the JFX Farmers Market with a chance to shop for key ingredients, and gifts from local vendors. Carolers will be onhand starting at 10 a.m.

Greater Goods Holiday Market: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 19 at R. House. Inside the food hall’s garage and out on the patio, check out last-minute gift options from dozens of local vendors.

‘Tis the Season: A Holiday Musicale: 3:30 p.m. on Sun., Dec. 19 at Grace United Methodist Church. Baltimore Musicales presents a song recital with Jennifer Simone Smith, Elizebeth Barnes, Michael Manganiello, Annie Gill, José Miguel Sacin, Thea Tullman Moore, pianist Patricia McKewen Amato and cellist Ismar Gomes. They will perform works by Henri Büsser, Hugo Wolf, Maurice Ravel, Francis Poulenc, Charles Koechlin, Ariel Ramírez, Naomi Shemer, Peter Cornelius, Jake Heggie, Irving Berlin, and more.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Green Bay Packers: 4:25 p.m. on Sun. Dec. 19, at M&T Bank Stadium. The pro football season is coming down the stretch. This Sunday, the Ravens face the Packers in a cross-conference clash.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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