This weekend will feature two theatrical adaptations of source materials about back-stabbing friends: Mean Girls and Julius Caesar. There are also several events for families to have fun together, including a performance of music from “Toy Story,” a celebration of National Ice Cream Day, a lesson about chimpanzees, and more.
Check out the weekend lineup:
Sandlot and Popsicles, Thursday, July 14, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Sisson Street Community Park. Savor some popsicles, then watch the classic movie “The Sandlot” outdoors.
Mean Girls, Thursday, July 14 through Sunday, July 17. Hippodrome. We heard Regina George went to see the Mean Girls musical at the Hippodrome, so we’re going to see the Mean Girls musical at the Hippodrome. On Wednesdays, we wear pink; fortunately, The Plastics are here in Charm City through the weekend. If you’re a fan of the classic 2004 movie by writer Tina Fey, you might want to fetch yourself tickets to this musical adaptation.
Quiet Life Motel, Friday, July 15, 8 p.m., An Die Musik. Violinist David Schulman will perform with bassist Romeir Mendez and saxophonist Sarah Marie Hughes.
Toy Story in Concert, Friday, July 15 and Sunday, July 17, Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Fans of “Toy Story” have a friend in the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which will perform music from the Pixar movie about what toys get up to when their humans are away. The BSO is giving away free tickets to audience members who bring a new, unwrapped toy to the lobby of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall starting two hours before each performance (until sold out). Toys will be donated to the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
Zanna Don’t, Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17, Spotlighters Theatre. This “musical fairytale” features a parallel universe with a patriotic town called Heartsville USA, where almost everyone is LGBTQIA+, the chess captain is idolized, and the quarterback is looked down upon. As a magical hall monitor named Zanna seeks to spread true love, the town must confront its prejudices. The musical, which premiered at Spotlighters Theatre last weekend, will run through July 24.
Hip-Hop Julius Caesar, Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17, Motor House. Fools and Madmen premiered their hip-hop adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” last week, and its back again this weekend. The adaptation, inspired in part by the Academy Award-winning film “Moonlight,” highlights the complex friendship between characters Brutus and Cassius and challenges the idea of masculinity as defined by Roman stoicism.
Wild About Chimps, Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Maryland Zoo, Chimpanzee Forest. Learn about humans’ closest relative: primates. One of the zoo’s chimpanzee residents, Lola, recently celebrated her 3rd birthday. During this weekend event, keepers will share the importance of protecting endangered species. Attendees will also be able to watch demonstrations and participate in primate-themed activities.
Ice Cream Day, Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Sunday is National Ice Cream Day — and in fact, all of July is National Ice Cream Month! To celebrate, Port Discovery is treating families to some ice cream samples from Baltimore in a Box on July 16. Plus, participate in ice cream-related art activities, science experiments and more all weekend. Attendees can also cast a ballot to help create a special ice cream flavor in honor of Port Discovery’s 25th anniversary (the flavor will launch in 2023 in partnership with Baltimore in a Box).
Left to Die Tour, Saturday, July 16, door 7 p.m., Ottobar. Get ready to be raised back to life. Left to Die’s “Reborn Dead” U.S. tour is bringing the band to Baltimore on Saturday. Also performing: Skeletal Remains, Mortuous, and Perpetuated.
Blackout Comedy and Music Festival, Sunday, July 17, gates open 3:30 p.m., show starts 4:30 p.m., Greektown Square & Event Center. Enjoy live music and comedy at the Blackout 2022 festival, presented by IconiQ Entertainment. Also, get food and drinks from local vendors, including crabs from Conrad’s Crab House Parkville.