Weekend Events Calendar: Screaming Females, fall festivals, basement bar tour and more

Screaming Females. Credit: Farrah Skeiky.

With an extra hour of sleep under our belts, it’s time to enjoy the fall air this weekend. Festivals celebrate the homes of Highlandtown, the wings of Fells Point and the harvest. Plus, Brilliant Baltimore continues, bringing a special chance to dance in an underpass.

Photo Gallery: Light City and Baltimore Book Festival join forces at Brilliant Baltimore


For the first time this year, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts joined Light City and the Baltimore Book Festival, creating a new event, Brilliant Baltimore. The new festival last weekend, bringing crowds down for author talks and light displays, and continues this week.

Ringo Starr & His All Star Band coming to the Lyric in June

Credit: Scott Robert Ritchie.

Fresh off the release of a new photo book, “Another Day in the Life,” and new album, “What’s My Name,” legendary drummer Ringo Starr is hitting the road on a tour that includes two nights at the Modell Lyric Theatre.

Weekend Events Calendar: Brilliant Baltimore, Dia de los Muertos, City vs. Poly and more

“Waterlight Graffiti” by Antonin Fourneau is one of the installations on display at Brilliant Baltimore. Courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts.

Once Halloween is in the books, the city is lit. Light City and the Baltimore Book Festival combine to form Brilliant Baltimore this weekend. Plus, take in a few more spooky conventions, costume parties and the Day of the Dead.

24 theater shows to see in Baltimore in November

From left to right, Jason B. McIntosh, Dawn Ursula and Jamil A. C. Mangan in “Radio Golf” at Everyman Theatre. Credit: Teresa Castracane Photography.

November theater offers something for every taste, and we’re thankful for the bounty of stories on Baltimore stages right now. A theme of shows up this month are epic journeys, whether it’s Don Quixote’s quest for love in classic musical “Man of La Mancha” or pilot Amelia’s pursuit of afterlife peace in world premiere play “Here We Area.” Creativity is another big theme this month, with a queer cabaret interpreting the written word through song and dance (“Cliterature”), a Shakespeare Rap Battle by Fools and Madmen and Baltimore Rock Opera Society doing something kooky with space, wrestling and beer.

Familiar stories find their way to song-and-dance numbers in several musicals, and still other theater companies are presenting thought-provoking dramas and light-hearted comedies. Artists are offering a buffet of delectable choices for live entertainment. Read on to fill your plate with performances. 

A dozen literary events to attend at Brilliant Baltimore

Image via the Baltimore Book Festival’s Facebook page.

The Baltimore Book Festival returns two months later than usual, now merged with Light City into a 10-day event called Brilliant Baltimore. Most of the book festival events take place over the first weekend, Friday, Nov. 1 to Sunday, Nov. 3, with a few evening events through Wednesday. 

The location has changed–take a look at the map on the website before heading over. Almost all of the staged events and the book sales are in the Columbus Center, the big glass building on Pier 5. The CityLit stage is in the Pier 5 Hotel, and the exhibitors are still at tables encircling the harbor. The Children’s stage and the Comic Pavilion are over there too, in their traditional spots. 

Dan Deacon announces new album ‘Mystic Familiar,’ due out Jan. 31

Credit: Frank Hamilton

The year 2020 promises a lot of things, like elections and a Leap Day, and now, thankfully, it will include new Dan Deacon music.

The local electronic music maestro today announced the release of new album “Mystic Familiar,” his first since 2015’s “Gliss Riffer.” Due out Jan. 31 on Domino Records, the record boasts a song cycle that, per a release, paints “life as a psychedelic journey brimming with bliss and disruption, darkness and light.”

The city is throwing Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis a parade tomorrow

Photo via Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young/Twitter

Over the summer at City Hall, Baltimore’s mayor gifted homegrown world champion boxer Gervonta “Tank” Davis his very own key to the city, just as he was preparing to defend that title.

Weekend Events Calendar: Great Halloween Lantern Parade, Baltimost, ZooBOO and more

Photo via The Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival/Facebook

The spooky season is heading into high gear, and that means plenty of chances to put on a costume and head out on the town. The Great Halloween Lantern Parade celebrates its 20th year in Patterson Park, while Fright Night brings a new zombie island to Port Covington. Elsewhere, the BMA hosts Art and Justice Day, and we here at Baltimore Fishbowl celebrate our first Baltimost awards.

Late Baltimore journalist Gwen Ifill to be honored on a U.S. postage stamp

Image via USPS

 A former Baltimore Evening Sun reporter will soon be honored on a U.S. postage stamp.