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Baltimore County Arts and Culture TV Show
The winter edition of smARTS, the Baltimore County arts and culture show, is now airing on Baltimore County cable channel 25.
Featured segments include:
- Host Carolyn Black-Sotir previews February’s Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration with an in-studio performance by Goucher Dance.
- Meet the director of the Chamber Music Society of Maryland, whose Music in the Great Hall concerts are a highlight of Baltimore County’s classical music scene.
- Can you teach creativity? Artist and educator Linda Popp shares her thoughts.
- Learn how Baltimore County artist Sandra Street makes inspired visionary art dolls that echo her African American heritage.
- Find out how the arts and humanities are celebrating Towson University’s 150th anniversary.
smARTS airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7 to 7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30 a.m. to noon, on Baltimore County cable channel 25. Segments also are available online at www.baltimorecountymd.gov/videogallery/smARTS.
smARTS is a production of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV.
Intern, Baltimore County Office of Communications
Thinking about going somewhere for live music this summer? No need to fly to Nashville for country or bluegrass. The Good Life Festival at Boordy Vineyards provides good food, great music and an excellent atmosphere for just $10. Feel free to bring the kids as all guests under 16 have free admission. Come back to the Vineyards all summer, as the Summer Evening Concerts rock every Friday night from May to August.
Booking a trip to Cleveland to check out some classic rock? First, head on over to Parkville any Friday in the summer to see the PCBA Spring Concert Series. The event is free in the backyard of Racer’s Cafe, one of the best craft beer bars in town.
Shakespeare isn’t only performed in the Globe Theatre. Join Stephanie and Saar at the Gordon Center for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where the work of famed composer Felix Mendelssohn will be paired with selections from Shakespeare’s beloved comedy performed by actor Stanley Morstein. Tickets for the June 14th event are free, but must be reserved.
If the fun atmosphere of New Orleans is your thing, swing by Feet on the Street Block Party on Friday nights to experience Towson’s local music scene. There will be beer, wine and cocktails for the adults, and moon bounces and face painting for the kids. It might even start to look like Mardi Gras. Admission is free, and it goes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every night through September 25th.
Even the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is coming up to the County on July 3 and 4 for their Star-Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge. Tickets at the gate will be $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, or you can buy your tickets in advance. Guests get to see the BSO perform classic American music with a spectacular fireworks show after the performance.
The Lurman Summer Concert Series, free every Saturday and Sunday from May to August, has all of the above; blues, funk, country, R&B, and classic jazz are on tap all summer long. The Lurman Woodland Theatre in Catonsville is your one stop shop for all things music this summer.
Review a complete list of concerts and events this summer.
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Whether you prefer classical in the park, folk along your local main street, some smooth jazz at a winery or vineyard, or rockin’ riffs at a raucous festival; there is something for everyone in Baltimore County with more than 150 concerts taking place this summer. Best of all, many of them are free and kid-friendly, so there is no need shell out for the babysitter.
With so much going on there is no excuse to spend a weekend evening at home watching Netflix (the new episodes of Orange is the New Black will still be there when you get home). Those winter doldrums will be back around before you know it, and you’ll be glad you spent your summer afternoons and evenings with some great music!
Here is a complete list of outdoor music and dance concerts throughout the summer.