The fourth annual Free Fall Baltimore celebration offers residents and visitors an array of free creative arts events in venues throughout Baltimore City. More than 70 organizations have joined to provide entertaining free activities, including stilt walking, clay and glassblowing workshops, Latin, African and ballet dance lessons, jazz and classical music concerts, films, lectures, history tours, Edgar Allan Poe themed theatrical shows and free admission to top area attractions.
Families that are looking for activities can enjoy more than 100 fun and educational events at local venues until Saturday, October 31. A project of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, the fall arts celebration is sponsored by media partners Maryland Public Television, WBAL-TV 11, WJZ-TV 13, WMAR-TV 2, WUTB-TV 24, Fox45/ CW Baltimore, The Baltimore Sun, City Paper, Urbanite, WYPR 88.1 FM, Radio One (92Q, Magic 95.9, Spirit 1400, WOLB 1010) and CITYpeek.com.
Free Fall Baltimore is a promotional collaboration designed to make art and culture more accessible to area residents and visitors, while introducing young adults and families to a wide variety of cultural experiences.
Free Fall Baltimore Events Highlights 2009
School 33 Art Center Open Studio Tour
A self-guided, two-day tour of more than 100 participating artists throughout Baltimore City on October 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (studio times vary). A kick-off reception takes place October 16 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light Street.
Carroll Museums, Inc and Star Spangled Banner Flag House
Make a fun historical day of it and enjoy the Free Family festival at the Flag House with the Free Fall Scavenger Hunt at the Carroll Mansion. Flag House is open from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Carroll Mansion is open from 12-4 p.m.
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Baltimore Clayworks – Clayfest!
Guided studio tours, artist demonstrations, exhibitions, collaborative participation in the creation of a community mosaic, children’s activities, “clay Olympics” and more fun at Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Avenue. Registration required at 410-578-1919.
Baltimore Classical Guitar Society – Guitar Master Class
Franco Platino, international performer, recording artist and master teacher at 4748 Shelbourne Road. Reserve in advance, call 410-247-5320.
Community Concerts at Second – Chamber Concerts
Chamber Music by Candlelight. Planned and performed by members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at 4200 St. Paul Street.
7:30 p.m. Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University – Opera Potpourri: Opera in French
Peabody Opera Workshop presents a trio of one-act opera including Rameau’s erotic myth Adonis, Gluck’s L’Ivrogne corrige and Donizetti’s Rita at Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, 17 E. Mount Vernon Place.
Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium with Elizabeth Edwards
Attorney and health care advocate, wife of former senator and presidential candidate John Edwards speaks, at Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus, 3400 N. Charles Street.
Baltimore Architecture Foundation – Lewis Lecture with Witold Rybczynski
Architectural writer and lecturer, Witold Rybczynski, joins the Baltimore Architecture Foundation for Architecture Week at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive.
Baltimore Heritage, Inc. – Baltimore’s Historic Theaters
Wally Coberg, an award winning designer and filmmaker by trade and avid Baltimore theater researcher by inclination, will be speaking about Baltimore’s Historic Theaters at the Baltimore School for the Arts Auditorium, 712 Cathedral Street. Free passes may be reserved by calling 410-332-9992 or emailing.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Walters Art Museum – Free Family Festival of Champions
Discover your inner superheroes and explore famous characters from ancient Greece to modern times. Celebrate local Baltimore heroes and create artwork honoring champions. Enjoy imaginary journeys with storytellers, musicians and theater groups at The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St.
Baltimore Choral Arts Society – Family Concert and Community Sing-Along
An interactive performance designed for the whole family at the Central Enoch Pratt Library, Main Lobby- 400 Cathedral Street.
Shriver Hall Concert Series – Christopher Taylor, Piano An innovative musician who brings an active imagination coupled with intensity and grace to music of the past 100 years. The program includes Beethoven, Bermel and Rzewski, The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive.
Dance Baltimore – Thrill the World with Dance Baltimore at the Harborplace Amphitheatre
Dance Baltimore is joining with organizations across the globe to break into the Guinness World Records with the largest performance of one dance by the most people at the same time. With the title currently held by the “hokey pokey,” all efforts are on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
Creative Alliance and CityLit Project – Spooky Stories & Creepy Creations at The Great Halloween Lantern Parade
Get in the spirit by creating scary stories with Citylit starting at 3pm and then join friends, bands, stilt walkers and performers parading at 7pm at Patterson Park (Linwood and Eastern avenues). Advance reservations are required for the lantern workshops online or call 410-276-1651.
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
American Visionary Art Museum/ Bashi Rose – Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
A celebration through a variety of performing arts media of the museum’s current exhibition: “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” featuring performances from the Maryland Correctional Training Center by Baltimore-based playwright Bashi Rose. American Visionary Art Museum located at 800 Key Highway.
12 – 2 p.m.
Baltimore Women’s Film Festival – “She Should Have Gone to the Moon”
The remarkable story of the pilot and pioneer, Jeri Truhill, who was trained in 1961, as part of NASA’s top secret Mercury 13 program, to become one of the First Lady Astronauts, Landmark Harbor East Theater, 645 S. President Street.
Dance Rink – Dracula
Adapted from a vintage Orson Welles radio play, Director/Choreographer Scott rink re-inagines the familiar Dracula tale as seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old boy on Halloween eve, 1950, a unique dance/theatre experience, Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. Free passes must be reserved by calling 410-752-8558. Photo available.
Theatre Morgan, Morgan State University
Theatre Morgan presents Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” set in the 1940s during a time of racial and political upheaval, Murphy Fine Arts Center, Turpin-Lamb Theater, 1200 Argonne Drive.
Strand Theater Company – Halloween Theater Weekend
Graves in the Water, conceived by Alex Hewett & Lynn Morton, and adapted from Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, the play invokes the spirit of the season by taking place in a cemetery and speaking for the dead. Special Halloween extra on October 31 at 11 p.m. with David Keltz performing Edgar Allan Poe, Strand Theater, 1823 N. Charles Street.
Single Carrot Theatre – Poe Project
Poe Project is an interactive new work derived from the writings of Edgar Allan Poe. The audience will have the opportunity to interact with artists and each other. October 29-31, 7:30 p.m., Single Carrot Theatre, 120 W. North Avenue. Reservations recommended online or 443-844-9253.
Maryland Science Center – Fridays After Five for Free
Tour the exhibit halls, see a planetarium show, take in a live science demonstration — all for free. (IMAX not included), Maryland Science Center, 601 Light Street. All admissions on a first-come, first-served basis–no advance tickets.
Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre – The Prevalence of Mrs. Seal
Can all the money in the world buy you happiness? You bet it can. Ask Mrs. Seal. Spoof of the 1950 horror/suspense thrillers at Spotlighters Theatre, 817 St. Paul Street. Advance reservations required.
Baltimore Composers Forum – Sound and Motion II
A collaboration of shared visions between the Baltimore Composers Forum and area choreographers – a dramatic synthesis of dance and music, The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive.