15 theater shows to see in Baltimore in October

Derrick Davis and Eva Tavares in “Phantom of the Opera.” Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Baltimore theater offerings this month includes a handful of horror stories, world premieres and popular musicals, such as a rare extended run of “Phantom of the Opera” at the Hippodrome. The weekend of Oct. 11-13 is the last and only chance to see four intriguing productions, including Deer in the Spotlight’s annual production of “Evil Dead: The Musical.” Eleven more shows open this month in the city, including originals, classic plays and more.

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The Legend of Tommy Tremain: Who Owns History?


In 2017, Baltimore City officials removed controversial public statues, including that of Andrew “Stonewall” Jackson and Robert E. Lee, which stood in Wyman Park Dell for 69 years. But what happens next? Who deserves a public monument? Whose stories should be told? And who decides? Join us to continue this ongoing conversation in a fun and unique way. Free.

Inspired by Philadelphia, the Maryland Zoo starts building a skywalk for animals

A colobus monkey at the Maryland Zoo. Courtesy of the Maryland Zoo.

At the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, visitors typically go from one exhibit to the next to see the animals on display. Starting next month, some of the animals will get a chance to move from one part of the zoo to another to see the visitors.

The Colobus Trail is the name of an $800,000 overhead walkway being constructed to give the zoo’s colobus monkeys a chance to leave the indoor confines of the Chimpanzee Forest building, part of the zoo’s African Journey section, and explore the outdoors for the first time.

Weekend Events Calendar: Doors Open Baltimore, Night Brunch Festival, Edgar Allan Poe Festival, PinBaltimore

Rawlings Conservatory, one of more than 50 sites opening up for tours during Open Doors Baltimore. Photo by Patrick Gillespie, via Flickr.

Can you feel the weather changing? Does it make you want to open the doors? Well, that’s what Baltimore is doing this weekend. With Doors Open Baltimore, the city’s overlooked architectural wonders and creative spaces invite the public inside for tours.

Plus, check out brand new festivals on the calendar: Night Brunch Festival comes to Harbor Point for three days of brunch, and Sweaty Eyeballs celebrates animation at the Parkway. Over at Poe House, the beloved Baltimore author gets his own weekend celebration. Here’s the full schedule:

Royal Farms Arena under new management after merger between AEG and SMG

Photo by stephencearley, via Flickr

There’s a new global venue management firm running the show–all the shows–at Royal Farms Arena.

Baltimore Eagle set to reopen next month with original owner as operator

Photo by Brandon Weigel

The resurrected Baltimore Eagle leather bar in Old Goucher is set to reopen once again in early October, with the return of the original club’s legacy founder and general manager.

Introducing Baltimost, a new award series by Baltimore Fishbowl


Karen Nitkin’s column Baltimost introduces readers to people who have an interesting story to tell, many of whom are in some way helping to shape our city. There’s the art teacher and artist in residence at Motor House. The co-founder of a food co-op that empowers refugee women. The artist making elaborate, one-of-a-kind papercuts.

All those people contribute something that makes Baltimore unique. When we first approached the idea of doing some kind of award, it only seemed fitting to expand on the idea of the people, places and things that give the city its character. And we’re even going to call these awards by the same name: Baltimost.

Is July too hot for Artscape? BOPA head wants to explore other options

Photo by Tedd Henn

A July in Baltimore without Artscape?

It may sound like heresy to some, but the head of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA) wants to explore other options.

Donna Drew Sawyer, CEO of the agency that produces the annual arts festival, said yesterday that she and her staff would like to consider whether the three-day event should continue to be held in mid-July, typically the hottest time of the year in Baltimore.

Baltimore School for the Arts students to play more than 40 pop-up concerts Friday

Photo courtesy of Baltimore School for the Arts

In honor of the city that’s supported it for four decades, the Baltimore School for the Arts is sending students out across the city for a series of pop-up shows tomorrow.

‘Miss You Like Hell,’ at Center Stage, is a mother-daughter road trip that takes some surprising turns

Lorraine Velez (left), as Beatriz, and Stephanie Gomérez, as Olivia, in “Miss You Like Hell.” Credit: Bill Geenen.

“Miss You Like Hell” starts with a nervous mother blaring music out of her car radio to gather the courage to greet the teen daughter she hasn’t seen in years. It ends with a surprise, a heart-wrenching earworm of a title song and at least one audience member (me) fighting tears.

The hundred or so minutes in the middle of this tender and exuberant musical now at Baltimore Center Stage take the form of an action- and character-packed road trip. Flirtatious, vivacious Beatriz (Lorraine Velez) and her sullen, cynical daughter Olivia (Stephanie Gomérez) argue, cry, get in and out of trouble, make friends and eventually connect during a weeklong drive from Philadelphia to California.