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Friday, March 6, 2009

Looking for a special event to lure you to Baltimore? Look no further. Here are a few suggestions of public programs to build your outing around, starting with three "First Friday" events.


Manuscripts and Martinis Celebrate the fifth anniversary of Baltimore's CityLit Project, a program for the advancement of literature, at the Walters Art Museum from 5 to 8 p.m. The special event includes free admission to the "Saint John's Bible" show, live music by the Wayfarers, readings by local authors and a cash bar featuring a literary-themed cocktail called -- don't you just love it? -- the "Get Lit," which features orange vodka, triple sec, Campari and orange juice served in a martini glass. Oh, and if you're driving back to Washington, please remember to drink responsibly.

First Fridays in Hampden One evening a month, the shops and businesses of Hampden stay open late (until 9 p.m. or so). Some offer refreshments.

Fells Point Art Loop First Fridays After Five From 5 to 9 p.m., the cluster of Fells Point art galleries, restaurants and businesses participates in a monthly gallery crawl.

Info: Aliceanna, Fleet and Thames streets, and the surrounding neighborhood. http://www.fellspointartloop.com.


Circus Workshop From 2 to 4 p.m., the Baltimore Museum of Art offers a free family workshop in the art of circus performance. Dance instructor and performer Karen Campbell Kuebler will offer tips on simple acrobatic moves and juggling.


"Date Night" From 7 to 10 p.m., the otherwise family-friendly National Aquarium will host an adults-only "Date Night." Open to age 21 and older, the event will give visitors the chance to stroll among the fish tanks while listening to live music by local guitarist Richard Berry and sampling local wines and finger food.

Info: National Aquarium, 501 E. Pratt St. 410-727-3474; http://www.aqua.org.

Admission: $60 per person; $35 members. Reservations required.

March 13

Singalong From 8 to 10 p.m., artist Laure Drogoul will perform a cabaret-style series of French singalongs in conjunction with her retrospective at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Info: Bakst Theatre, on the grounds of the historic Evergreen Museum and Library, 4545 N. Charles St. 410-516-0341.

Admission: $10; limited free seating available for students.

March 26

Exhibit Reception From 5 to 7:30 p.m., Johns Hopkins University will host an opening reception for "We're Not Alone." The exhibition includes robotic drawings made by machines engineered by JHU students, alongside Baltimore artist Denise Tassin's "worm drawings." Which are exactly what they sound like: marks made by earthworms that have been dipped in nontoxic pigment. It's just one small, weirdly wonderful part of "Everyone an Artist?" a citywide, multi-site collaboration between Tassin and area art students running through May 8 at several area colleges. For more information, visit http://www.artonpurpose.org or call 410-243-4750.

Info: "We're Not Alone," March 26-April 12 in the F. Ross Jones Wing of JHU's Mattin Center, Charles and 33rd streets. 410-516-2224.

Hours: Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission: Free.

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