There’s an extra day on the calendar this month, so let’s make the most of it. Several spots are throwing parties just for the 29th–after all, it only comes around once every four years. Elsewhere, check out lots of music around Inner Harbor, and a couple Mardi Gras events keeping the celebration going. Enjoy:
Build Civic Power at Strong City Baltimore’s 12th Neighborhood Institute
Strong City Baltimore is postponing Neighborhood Institute 2020, originally scheduled for March 28th at Baltimore City Community College, in accordance with the mandates from state and city leadership about cancelling large-scale events due to public health concerns over the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The annual skill-building conference for neighborhood leaders will be rescheduled to fall 2020.
Neighborhood Institute, Strong City Baltimore’s annual skill-building conference for neighborhood leaders, activists, and nonprofit professionals, returns with a day of learning that reflects these extraordinary times for our city and nation. With election season in full swing and the Census count kicking into high gear, Strong City is joining forces with other local organizations to focus Neighborhood Institute’s content on the theme “Building Civic Power.”
Saturday, March 28, 2020
8:30am to 3:30pm
Baltimore City Community College
Leap Day only comes around every four years, which is why Miss Shirley’s Cafe is offering a special Birthday Surprise for all Leap Day Babies! And, there is no better way to say “Happy Birthday” than with FREE “Cakes!”
This Leap Day, any guest who was born on February 29, can receive their choice of either a FREE Crab Cake Po’ Boy OR FREE Tall Stack of Specialty Pancakes – redeemable at any Miss Shirley’s Cafe location, ONLY on Saturday, February 29, 2020!
Are YOU a Leap Day Baby, who was born on February 29th? Upon being seated, simply let your server know that you would like to redeem the Leap Day promotion, show your valid ID with birth date, and enjoy your FREE “Cakes” on us!
St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore to Host 14th Annual Empty Bowls Family-Friendly Event to Raise Critical Funds to Help End Poverty
Please join St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore on March 21 for the 14th Annual EMPTY BOWLS. This annual event raises critical funds for services that ensure those impacted by poverty have the skills and resources to achieve their full potential. This fun family- friendly event features savory soups and food from local restaurants, auction items, entertainment and activities for the whole family. Each ticket purchaser can browse through thousands of hand-crafted, ceramic bowls and choose one to take home as a symbol and reminder of the hunger, homelessness, and poverty in our community. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.emptybowlsbaltimore.org.
Feeling like winter is dragging on? Well, luckily there are chicken nuggets. This weekend, the poultry form is celebrated with a fest all its own. Plus, check out gypsy jazz, crafts and Baltimore’s version of Mardi Gras. Here’s the lineup:
The Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society hosts recent Grammy nominated jazz vocalist Catherine Russell in concert Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 5pm. The concert will take place at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Enjoy an evening of jazz and purchase your tickets today. For more information, please visit baltimorechamberjazz.org.
With her recent GRAMMY nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album, Alone Together, Russell solidifies her reputation as one of the greatest interpreters and performers of American Popular Song. She is a rare talent, a genuine jazz and blues vocalist who can sing virtually anything. Her repertoire features gems from the 1920s through the present—vital interpretations, bursting with soul and humor.
According to JazzWeek, which announced Russell’s recent album was #1 on its 2019 Year End Jazz Chart, “Alone Together offers a welcome reminder that there’s no one else in jazz doing what [Catherine] does, and that the scene would be immeasurably poorer without her.”
It’s time to return to the quiver and find the arrow that will point toward love. Luckily, Baltimore has Valentine’s Day events for all comers, from the sweet to the doomed. Even the songs range from saucy to sad. Plus, check out Black History Month events around the city from Pennsylvania Avenue to Highlandtown.
Get it in gear for a winter weekend with a big car show and small foods highlighting the events around town. There’s a chance to watch the Oscars and celebrate the Babe. Plus, Black History Month events. Let’s take a look:
The Baltimore Museum of Art’s popular evening event, Art After Hours, returns on Friday, January 31 from 8pm – 11pm. Spend an evening celebrating radical self-expression through art and fashion inspired by the new exhibition, Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist, and the BMA’s retro-cool lobby installation, Mickalene Thomas: A Moment’s Pleasure. Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for BMA Members, include a free ticket for food or drink. Tickets can be purchased in person at the BMA Box Office, online, or at the door the evening of the event if tickets are still available.
Looking for more? On Sunday, February 2, join Ellen Lesperance for a free knitting workshop from 12pm – 3pm. Open to all ages and skill levels, participants can create squares or strips, culminating an un-patterned or anarchist sweater created by the group. Whether you attend one or both events, it will be a weekend for the arts!