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30+ Things to Do in January

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PANDORA® Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
Harborplace Amphitheater Inner Harbor
Now – Jan. 21
Break the ice at the PANDORA Ice Rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, complete with a skate shack, rentals, concessions and entertainment, as well as special events like SkateFest, a learn-to-skate program and more.
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SkateFest at the Pandora Ice Rink
Pandora Ice Rink
Jan. 10, - 8 p.m.
Join Pandora Ice Rink at the ice rink for a special night benefitting Special Olympics Maryland! Pay just $5.00 admission, including skate rental!, and enjoy a skating "Beary White," special treats, and more! All proceeds and donations from the event will be donated to Special Olympics of Maryland.
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Historic Roundhouse Turntable Demonstration
B&O Railroad Museum
Jan. 12, 12 p.m.
Ever wonder how locomotives and rail cars are moved in and out of the historic 1884 Roundhouse? Watch Museum staff operate the 60 foot wooden turntable to move a historic rail car.
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Edgar Allan Poe's 210th Birthday Celebration
Westminster Hall and Burying Ground
Jan. 19
It’s the 210th birthday of Poe, watch the world premiere of "Dark Descent: Within the House of Usher!" A new view (with narration, music and dance) on Poe's chilling tale of a dark decaying house and the ancient family of Usher that is now dying with it. This story is considered Poe's finest short story. This unique performance is the brainchild of The Poe Project.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. I Have a Dream Weekend
Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Jan. 19 – 21
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy through fun, educational activities at Port Discovery’s “I Have a Dream Weekend.” Experience African-American history and heritage through interactive programs and performances designed to educate, inspire and help children understand the impact Martin Luther King, Jr. made on America and the world. Learn from the African American Quilters of Baltimore, take a step back in time during Living History performances featuring prominent African Americans and so much more!
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19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
MLK
Jan. 21, 12 – 2 p.m.
Celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Spectators are invited to view the parade from along the route or near the reviewing stand at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Franklin Street.
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Food & Drinks

Bubbles & Bomboloni
Sagamore Pendry Baltimore
Jan, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Choice of Red or White sparkling wine accompanied by a choice of three Bomboloni flavors: Apple Jam, Cinnamon Sugar, and Chocolate Drizzle.
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L'Anno of Bergamo Cooking Class
Sotto Sopra Restaurant
Jan. 6, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
This cooking class will launch Sotto Sopra Restaurant’s year-long love story with Bergamo Italy. Bergamo is Chef/Owner Riccardo Bosio’s hometown and he wants to feature the flavors and lifestyle that were part of his journey into the culinary world, to encapsulate the beauty of his native city bite-by-bite.
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Nick’s Oyster Bar Farewell Party
Nick’s Inner Harbor Seafood
Jan. 5, 5 – 11 p.m.
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Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week
Various locations and times
Jan. 11 - 20
Baltimore is a delicious city. Try somewhere new, go out to lunch, have a date night (or two). Two-course brunch and lunch menus range from $12-20, and three-course dinner menus range from $20-$35. Share your Baltimore Restaurant Week experiences with us on social media with the hashtag #BaltRW!
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Minnow’s Bombtastic Drag Brunch
Minnow
Jan. 19, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Join Minnow for their first Bombtastic Bottomless Drag Brunch in 2019, featuring the wonderful drag diva Bombalicious! Guests will enjoy a progressive tasting of our tapas style brunch menu, bottomless bloody marys and mimosas, and an incredible show from Bombalicious!
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Festivals

2019 Baltimore Crankie Fest
Creative Alliance
Jan. 4 – 6, 7 p.m.
Watch the world’s greatest stories unroll before your eyes! Baltimore's beloved festival of scrolled panoramas known as crankies, returns for a 6th year of fireside wonder. A full lineup of artists and musicians will be announced in the coming weeks.
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Harbor Point Ice Festival
Harbor Point
Jan. 12. 2 – 8 p.m.
The plaza will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland with ice sculptures lining the walkways, live music, food vendors, family activities, and more! Watch the excitement as award-winning ice sculptors use chainsaws and chisels to create spectacular ice sculptures.
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Oyster, Wine & Beer Festival
The Assembly Room
Jan. 12, 12 – 4 p.m.
Enjoy the world’s best shuckers. Smell the fire under the grilled oysters, taste the briny flavor of the steamed seafood, watch the action while the symphony of tastes plays on right before your eyes. Heavy Seas will have a full array of beers along with over 30+ other breweries, wineries and distilleries. Plus lots of games and great music on the main stage.
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Battle of the Bands - Round 1 | Show 1 of 2
UNION Craft Brewing
Jan. 18, 7 – 10:30 p.m.
Join UNION for a night of great music, beer, and eats as 8 bands (4 each date) battle it out for a chance at $500 plus a spot at the 2019 Charm City Bluegrass Festival!
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Official Onesie Bar Crawl
Power Plant Live!
Jan. 26, 2 – 10 p.m.
To all onesie lovers, the original Onesie Bar Crawl is returning to Baltimore, MD! The weather is cold & you want to be comfortable. What better way to be than Boozin' In Your Onesie at the top venues in Power Plant Live? Get ready to drink comfortably with friends!
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Concerts & Shows

In the Stacks: Part 3
George Peabody Library
Jan. 17, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Secret codes, hidden meanings, and mysterious messages. This performance takes its inspiration from the George Peabody Library’s unrivaled collection of 'fore-edge paintings'-- books with secret works of art hidden in the pages. Baltimore’s own Bergamot Quartet will reveal hidden musical messages and explore the meaning behind them.
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BSO Pulse: Dan Deacon
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Jan. 17, 6 – 10 p.m.
Baltimore musician Dan Deacon is a singular artist who defies all genres and knows no bounds. Catch this one-night-only chance to experience this immersive electronic-acoustic collaboration, including the world premiere of several new compositions. After all, what could be more epic and more Baltimore than bringing together Dan Deacon and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra?
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Impractical Jokers "The Cranjis McBasketball World Comedy Tour"
Royal Farms Arena
Jan. 17, 8 p.m.
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Fun Home
Baltimore Center Stage
Jan. 17 – Feb. 24
Welcome to the Bechdel family. But just what family is it? Through the searching eyes of daughter Alison—aged 9, 17, and then 42—we meet her ever-shifting and sometimes unreliable memories of brothers, mother, and above all her repressed father, along with recollections from the family funeral home to Alison’s coming out. Based on Bechdel’s own best-selling illustrated memoir, this poignant tale harnesses every facet of music and theater to explore and unravel the mysteries of childhood and the surprising secrets that shape a life. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, from the composer of Caroline, or Change and the writer of 2.5 Minute Ride.
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Voices of Carmen MLK Day Performance
Motor House
Jan. 21, 2:30 4:30 p.m.
Join the Carmen Youth Council for a Voices of Carmen performance and discussion examining escalating conflicts and violence among youth. Help us honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life long legacy of nonviolence.
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Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Hippodrome Theatre
Jan. 22 – 27
Various hours
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Lil Duval: Living My Best Life Tour
The Modell Lyric
Jan. 26, 8 p.m.
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20th Annual Animation Show of Shows
Creative Alliance
Jan. 27, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Imagine getting every film you truly wanted for The 20th Annual Animation Show of Shows! Well it happened, the planets aligned and now the Creative Alliance has a fantastic program of 15 truly memorable and beautiful films.
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Everything is Wonderful
Everyman Theatre
Jan. 29 – Feb. 24
Imagine a knock at the door from the hand complicit in a family tragedy: When the repentant driver in a fatal collision seeks forgiveness from the Amish family whose sons’ lives he claimed, faith guides them to welcome him into their community—and their home. But as inconvenient truths from the family’s past are discovered, can their outpouring of empathy be as limitless as it seems? Resident Company members Bruce Randolph Nelson and Deborah Hazlett plumb the depths of an outlying culture in this enthralling, critically acclaimed drama about a peaceful community wrestling regret, redemption, and contradiction.
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HYMN Sarah Brightman In Concert
Hippodrome Theatre
Jan. 30, 8 p.m.
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Museum Events & Exhibitions

Free First Thursday at the Maryland Historical Society
Maryland Historical Society
Jan. 3
Visit the museum for free and take a collection highlights tour at 11 a.m. Explore the galleries with a member of the staff, hear the stories behind the artifacts on display, and learn about Maryland’s rich history.
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John Waters: Indecent Exposure
Baltimore Art Museum
Now – Jan. 6
The first retrospective of John Waters's visual arts career in his hometown of Baltimore presents more than 160 provocative photographs, sculptures, and video and sound works. The exhibition concludes with a gallery devoted to ephemera, including objects from Waters’s home and studio that inspire him, and three peep-shows featuring footage from his rarely seen underground movies of the 1960s.
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration
The Walters Art Museum
Jan. 17, - 8 p.m.
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose skills as an orator continue to inspire the current generation of youth leaders. See presentations by the Baltimore Urban Debate League, take part in special art-making activities, and stop by the free photo booth to commemorate the evening.
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Art After Hours
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Jan. 18, 8 – 11 p.m.
Come dressed up or down, sip a signature cocktail, dance, and create an artwork to take home. Tickets include evening access to the galleries, entertainment, and a free food or drink item. Beer, wine, and light bites are available for purchase.
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A Fantastical Farewell to Houdini
Jewish Museum of Maryland
Jan. 20, 1 – 2 p.m.
Watch what has been called “The World’s Most Difficult Card Trick”, along with the Mind Reading Fortune Cookie in this fun farewell performance to our beloved Houdini exhibit, Inescapable: The Life and Legacy of Harry Houdini.
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Brush Lettering Workshop
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Learn brush pen lettering techniques including several writing and lettering styles, composition, basic and advanced mark-making and creating texture with designer Jeremy Friend. Supplies provided; no experience necessary. Suitable for ages 14+.
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Kaiser Permanente Presents: MLK Day Celebration and Day of Service 2019
Jan. 21, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday with musical performances, theater readings, a book discussion with Dr. King’s barber, films and craft activities for the family. Kaiser Permanente will provide an array of resource services for the community including free health screenings.
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MLK Dare to Dream Day
American Visionary Art Museum
Jan. 21, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
On MLK Day, AVAM hosts a free celebration in honor of the life and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries in America's history. Join them for special performances by DewMore Baltimore, Chin-Yer Wright, Kondwani Fidel, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, and Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company. Plus enjoy birthday cake, a hands-on art workshop, and more at this FREE, fun-filled day! See the latest exhibition "PARENTING: An Art without a Manual" with FREE admission all day
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Art and Healing with Wombwork Productions
The Walters Art Museum
Jan. 24, 7 – 8 p.m.
This performance explores the stories of the historic home at 1 West Mount Vernon Place. Wombwork Productions, Inc., Baltimore’s social change theater group, will present a work that illuminates the power of art to transcend time and offer a healing path forward.
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Winter Wine at the B&O Railroad Museum
B&O Railroad Museum
Jan. 25, 6 – 9:30 p.m.
Join the Maryland Wineries Association in an exclusive setting at the B&O Railroad Museum for Winter Wine, an evening celebrating Maryland’s best wines and winemakers. Surrounded by the largest collection of antique trains in the United States, Winter Wine attendees enjoy a curated lineup of award-winning, Maryland-appellation wine.
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