Visit Baltimore Invites Visitors to Plan Their Winter and Spring Getaways in Baltimore

Monday, January 7, 2013 - 3:00pm

BALTIMORE (January 7, 2013) – The New Year in Baltimore brings an assortment of exciting events and exhibitions, show-stopping performances, and historic milestones. Visit Baltimore invites visitors to plan their winter break and spring getaways in Baltimore. Spend time in one of Baltimore’s distinctive museums to explore African Americans in pop culture. Enjoy a Pulitzer Prize-winning play at the new home of the Everyman Theatre. Whether you are walking the halls of Babe Ruth’s home to learn how he made “Star- Spangled” history or taking in an O’s game at the famed Oriole Park at Camden Yards, visitor options are endless.

STORY IDEAS

Celebrate Black History Month. Explore Black History Month in Baltimore with the Legends & Legacies Experience Pass. The Legends and Legacies Experience Pass provides a discounted, one-time admission to three of Baltimore’s most celebrated African American museums, ultimately saving visitors 20 percent off regular ticket prices. The pass includes admission to the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, the first wax museum to celebrate African American history in the nation; the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, currently the largest African American museum on the East Coast; and the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, a national heritage site that explores African American maritime history. Click here for information

The Harriet Tubman Centennial. In 2013, Baltimore will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s passing and celebrate her life and accomplishments. Dig deep into the stories of Tubman and other legends while touring the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and more.

Star-Spangled Baltimore. Baltimore continues to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 as it was in Baltimore where national treasures like “The Star-Spangled Banner” were born. More than 10 attractions in Baltimore have a direct tie to the War of 1812, allowing visitors to explore some of our nation’s most historical artifacts and cultural sites throughout the three-year commemoration. The Maryland  Historical Society holds the original version of Francis Scott Key’s poem “The Defence of Fort M’Henry,” which would later become our national anthem. The new Fort McHenry Visitor and Education Center puts visitors into battle with a state-of-the-art interactive three-part exhibit, and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is where Mary Pickersgill sewed the flag that inspired Francis Scott Key.

COMING SOON

Everyman Theatre

Grand Opening: January 18, 2013

Bromo Tower Arts and Entertainment District

Since 1994, Everyman Theatre has called 1727 N. Charles Street home. Now, embarking on their 22nd season, they are moving to downtown’s Westside (315 W. Fayette Street) into a brand new state-of-the-art theater custom engineered to deliver the intimate Everyman experience. The inaugural season in their new location opens with the 2008 Pulitzer Prize– and Tony Award–winning play “August: Osage County” (January 16–February 17, 2013). http://everymantheatre.org

Star-Spangled Sports

Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum February 9, 2013

The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum will premiere a new, 3-D film that reveals the genesis of our national anthem being played at sporting events throughout America. The song, written by Francis Scott Key during the battle of Baltimore in September 1814, has a sporting origin dating back to the first game of the 1918 baseball World Series in Chicago. On September 5 that year, the Boston Red Sox were in Chicago to face the Cubs. President Woodrow Wilson, out of respect for returning World War I veterans who would be attending the game, ordered a military band to strike up the anthem at an appropriate moment. That moment turned out to be the seventh inning stretch, where fans stood in unison in the middle of the inning to stretch out the  kinks. That day, as fans stood and the band performed, players from both benches stood at attention to honor the WWI veterans. Babe Ruth, who pitched that day, was warming on the mound. The short film, screened  on an exciting, new projection technology, will also celebrate the anthem’s place in sports by featuring a composite playing of the song pulled from dozens of renditions dating from the 1930s to the present. The  film will be a permanent addition to the Birthplace Museum. http://baberuthmuseum.org

 SPECIAL EVENTS

 Celebrate Black History Month at the B&O

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum  February 1–28, 2013

The B&O Railroad Museum opens a new African American exhibit that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the railroad industry. Learn about these men and women who filled vital jobs along the B&O Railroad’s line and understand how significant social issues, such as segregation, affected railroading. http://borail.org

Baltimore Orioles Opening Day

Oriole Park at Camden Yards April 5, 2013

It’s the unofficial first day of summer when Baltimore’s beloved Orioles return to their nest at Oriole Park at Camden Yards for their season home opener on April 5th against the Minnesota Twins. http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com

Privateer Day Festival

Fell’s Point/Broadway Market Square April 20–21, 2013

The annual nautical- and pirate-themed festival celebrates the rich maritime and privateer history of Fell’s Point. Learn the difference between a pirate and a privateer! Enjoy an array of vendors, entertainment and food. Returning again this year are the Brigands, Captain Thomas Flint, Salty Dogs, Valhalla Pirates, and the Living History Camp. Free tours of tall ships, children’s activities and much more! http://fellspointmainstreet.org

15th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race

American Visionary Art Museum May 4, 2013

Have fun at this race of wacky, imaginative, totally human-powered works of art constructed out of whatever is lying around and designed to travel on land, through mud, and over deep Harbor waters. Kinetinauts compete for the most coveted Mediocre Award (finishes right in the middle), the highly prized Next-to-the- Last Award (finishes, well, next to last), and serious prizes including Art and Engineering. http://avam.org / http://kineticbaltimore.com

Maryland Film Festival

Maryland Institute College of Art/The Charles Theater May 8–12, 2013

Designed to advocate for films and filmmakers as they enter the marketplace, the Maryland Film Festival celebrates the art of film in the tradition of famous Baltimoreans like John Waters and Barry Levinson. Documentaries, short films and features are screened at several locations throughout the city as Baltimore goes Hollywood for the better part of a week. http://md-filmfest.com

Annual Running of the Preakness Stakes

Pimlico Racetrack May 18, 2013

Baltimore celebrates the second jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown, culminating in the annual running of the Preakness Stakes at north Baltimore’s Pimlico Racetrack. http://preakness.com

ARTS & CULTURE

The Mountaintop

CENTERSTAGE

January 9–February 24, 2013

The Lorraine Hotel. April 1968. In room 306, Dr. King unwinds and prepares. A visit from a hotel maid offers welcome diversion and a challenging new perspective – but also raises profound and surprising questions. Already a worldwide sensation, recently hailed in a star-studded Broadway production, Katori Hall’s sensitive new play gets its first showing for Baltimore audiences. http://centerstage.org

Defining Moments: An Exhibition of Works by Bryan Collier

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture January 19–May 26, 2013

This rich and vibrant exhibition showcases the works of award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier, who grew up in Pocomoke, Maryland, on the lower Eastern Shore. Collier’s unique artistic style infuses both watercolors and collage. http://rflewismuseum.org

The Wizard of Oz

Port Discovery Children’s Museum January 26–September 15, 2013

“Follow the Yellow Brick Road” to Port Discovery Children’s Museum for the official Wizard of Oz traveling educational exhibit based on the beloved movie classic. The Wizard of Oz traveling exhibit is 2,500 square feet with six themes and 50 highly interactive exhibits that will invite visitors of all ages to embark on a multisensory, cross-disciplinary exploration of the Land of Oz. http://portdiscovery.com

Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum February 1, 2013–March 1, 2014

 Milestones: African Americans in Comics, Pop Culture and Beyond will feature the vast talent and wonderful innovation that came from (or were influenced by) African Americans. This special exhibit will offer irrefutable evidence of African Americans’ profound contribution to the comic book medium and the vital role that black superheroes have played in shaping its unique, ongoing narrative. http://geppismuseum.com

Preach! New Works by Jeffrey Kent 

Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park February 14–March 31, 2013

In this solo show, Baltimore-based artist Jeffrey Kent criticizes what he sees as some of the opinions maintained within the black Christian community on marriage equality for same-sex couples. Using painting, collage, sculpture and multimedia installation, Kent explores current political events through racially charged imagery. In Preach!, Kent draws parallels between the civil rights movement and the fight for marriage equality in the United States by exploring imagery of racial prejudice. http://mica.edu

Max Weber: Bringing Paris to New York

Baltimore Museum of Art March 3–June 23, 2013

The BMA presents the first exhibition to extensively explore American artist Max Weber’s formative years  in Paris from fall 1905 to December 1908, when he transformed his painting style from classical representations of figures to bold interpretations of cubism and futurism. More than 30 paintings, prints and drawings – many of them loaned by the Estate of Max Weber and other public and private collections – showcase the artist as one of the most important American modernist painters. The exhibition features  several Weber paintings from 1909 to 1915 from the BMA’s collection and works from Weber’s personal collection by his teacher, Henri Matisse, and his friends Pablo Picasso and Henri Rousseau. http://artbma.org

The Maryland Lottery: Celebrating 40 Years

Baltimore Museum of Industry March 2013–October 2013

The Maryland lottery will have an interactive exhibit from March 2013 until October 2013. The exhibit will feature photos, costumes and old gaming artifacts used throughout its history. http://thebmi.org

Harriet Tubman Arts Wall Exhibition

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture March 10–June 16, 2013

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Harriet Tubman’s passing, this exhibition showcases the artworks inspired by Tubman’s life and legacy. http://rflewismuseum.org

New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville

The Walters Art Museum March 10–June 2, 2013

Painter of iconic works of American genre, Richard Caton Woodville (1825–1855) led a life of paradox. Born and raised in Baltimore, he produced most of his paintings in Europe, where he died at age 30. Although he left behind fewer than 20 paintings, his images were widely known in his time through reproduction as premium prints. His beautifully crafted paintings contain humorous characterizations of contemporary life, realistic depictions of period interiors and a sense of a narrative moment frozen in time, giving viewers many points of access to a fascinating period of American and European history. In this first exhibition devoted to Woodville since 1967, the Walters’ rich holdings and several key loans will be assembled to explore the biographical, historical and social context, and contemporary reception of this engaging painter. http://thewalters.org

Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery 

Maryland Science Center Opening May 2013

A terrible crime has been committed and Victorian London’s most celebrated detective needs your help to find out “whodunit”! Test your powers of observation and deductive reasoning. You’ll need a thinking cap to solve this baffling thriller. The Clocktower Mystery is presented in eight chapters, each representing a different location. Movement through the exhibit is sequential. Each chapter contains between 200-400 words. Detective Guides will be handed out to all who enter the exhibit. The guides contain a map and space to record clues and suspects. As visitors enter the exhibit, they find themselves transported back in time. The sights, sounds and smells of turn-of-the-century London greet them at every turn. http://mdsci.org

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Moneé Cottman

Visit Baltimore

410-659-7301

mcottman@baltimore.org