Weekend Events Calendar: Women’s History Month events, Canton Irish Stroll and more

The Hotel Revival hosts an International Women’s Day event Sunday to benefit My Sister’s Place.

March is the time to celebrate women, and this weekend brings plenty of chances. During Women’s History Month, International Women’s Day arrives on Sunday. Head to Hotel Revival for a chance to celebrate and support My Sister’s Place. Elsewhere, a pair of new businesses are already turning two, and the St. Patrick’s Day events are starting.

Basilica casts Drag Queen Storytime at Pratt as ‘evil,’ library responds ‘Everyone is welcome here’

Courtesy Baltimore Basilica

In a since-deleted post, the Basilica of the Assumption, America’s first Catholic cathedral, called a Drag Queen Storytime event scheduled for tonight at the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s central branch “evil,” saying people “do not need to expose kids to such things.”

The event features two drag performers, Bambi Galore and Evon Dior Michelle, reading stories to children at the branch, which is located directly across Cathedral Street from the basilica.

BSO announces 2020-2021 season, Alsop’s last as music director

Marin Alsop conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The 2020-2021 season will be her last as music director. Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

In her final season as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop will conduct some of her favorite works, such as Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2,” Mozart’s “Requiem,” Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” and Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé,” the organization announced today.

Lafayette Square Park comfort station to undergo nearly $100K restoration

The comfort station in Lafayette Square Park will be restored with nearly $100,000 in grant funding. Photo courtesy of Johns W. Hopkins.

To a passing eye, the boarded up, 30-by-30 restroom and utility building in Lafayette Square Park might not look like much.

But the structure, known as a comfort station, is part of the park’s history, and Baltimore Heritage, Inc., hopes it will also be part of the park and community’s future, said executive director Johns W. Hopkins.

The local preservation group is planning to use $99,973 in grant funding from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (MDHCD) and from Baltimore National Heritage Area to restore the building. 

31 theater shows to see in Baltimore in March

Right, Glinda (Allison Bailey) sings the song “Popular” to Elphaba (Talia Suskauer) in the 2020 Broadway tour of the musical “Wicked.” Photo courtesy of

This month, there are as many theatrical productions in Baltimore as there are days. The 31 offerings include love stories about a beekeeper and cosmologist (“Constellations”), a computer programmer and the inventor of the mechanical computer (“Ada and the Engine”), and a man covered in blood who shows up at his former lover’s door in 1920 Mississippi (“Berta, Berta”).

March also offers an abundance of contemporary works, including staged readings and workshops of new works and some productions that sound like you need to see them to understand what they actually are (“Life Dance//Red Ballad” is described as “a cult gathering to celebrate and venerate a color.”)

Q&A: Mia Loving talks about the evolution of arts incubator Invisible Majority

Mia Loving, right, speaks as Christina Brown, center, and Aaron Maybin listen. Credit: Fire Cartier

For 10 years, Mia Loving has surveyed the landscape of Baltimore’s black arts community and made a concerted effort to advance the culture forward.

Invisible Majority offers services like arts consulting, artist development, artists management, video production, event planning and more. Along with consulting and managing a co-working space, the incubator teaches about ownership and economic sustainability.

Q&A: MPT’s Rhea Feikin discusses her career on TV, retirement and more

Courtesy: Maryland Public Television.

For more than five decades, Rhea Feikin has graced the television screens in Marylanders’ homes, first as the star of the educational program “Betty Better Speech” and children’s show “Miss Rhea and Sunshine,” both on WBAL. Then, with the help of a puppet named J.P., she read the weather on the station’s newscasts.

But most know Feikin as the “First Lady” of Maryland Public Television, where she has worked since the 1970s, starting out as a freelancer before becoming a correspondent on the “Consumer Survival Kit” and, eventually, the host of the arts series “Artworks,” interview series “Impressions” and the localized “Antiques Roadshow” program “Chesapeake Collectibles,” among other shows. Perhaps her most prominent role at the station was as the on-air host of the pledge drive specials.

Weekend Events Calendar: Frozen Harbor Music Festival, Monster Jam, Leap Day parties and more

Reel Big Fish headlines the Frozen Harbor Music Festival. Credit: Jonathan Thorpe.

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:

BSO music director Marin Alsop to step down in 2021

Marin Alsop conducts a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra rehearsal. Photo via the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Facebook page.

After 14 years leading the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop is stepping down at the end of her current contract, which expires Aug. 31, 2021, the BSO announced today.

Alsop, the first woman to lead a major orchestra in the U.S., will maintain the roles of Music Director Laureate and OrchKids Founder.

New Order, Pet Shop Boys to play Merriweather Post Pavilion this September

New Order, left, and Pet Shop Boys.

New Order and Pet Shop Boys, two icons of synth-pop, are hitting the road this September for the Unity Tour, and they plan to stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion.