Five things to eat, drink, see, hear, and do with your Charm City weekend.
Jan. 13-22: Baltimore Restaurant Week
Locations & times vary. $12-35.
Charm City might be best known for crab cakes and Berger cookies, but with the city’s restaurant scene in the midst of a major renaissance, it’s become so much more than that. For nine days this month, fulfill your foodie-on-a-budget dream during Baltimore Restaurant Week, where you can choose from more than 100 of Baltimore’s best restaurants offering discounted meals for dinner and lunch. There’s no better time to eat out, be it downtown, South Baltimore, or north up 83, so dine at old classics like the Prime Rib, Petit Louis, The Helmand, and Jack’s Bistro, or popular newbies, like Alma Cocina Latina, Cosima, La Cuchara, and Gunther & Co.
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. 7-11:30 p.m. $33-99.
One might expect a glass of champagne with a classical music concert—maybe a bottle of Bordeaux or a nice pour of Scotch. But in true, antiestablishment, Beethoven fashion, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is celebrating the composer’s Symphony No. 7 with an after-party full of beer. Hear maestra Marin Alsop discuss one of the German’s “happiest products” of his “poor talents,” listen to the symphony perform its sounds, and then gather in the Meyerhoff lobby for a pop-up beer garden with food by Pen & Quill and more live music by Baltimore band Outcalls.
Jan. 13-15: Mamma Mia!
Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $10-20. 410-563-9135.
For one weekend only, this smash-hit Broadway musical is making its way to Baltimore. The Tony-nominated crowd pleaser follows a mother and daughter through love, laughter, and family drama in a comedic coming-of-age story set in the Greek islands. Best of all, it features Swedish pop supergroup ABBA’s greatest hits.
Jan. 14: Pressing Strings
The 8x10, 10 E. Cross St. 6 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $30. 410-625-2000.
We tell you about Baltimore bands a lot, but let us let you in on a little secret: Some of the best Maryland music is coming out of Annapolis right now, thanks to the Pressing Strings. You might have heard this talented trio’s acoustic song “What It Means” or its Southern stomp "Most of Us" on local radios stations recently, but their latest album is a soulful feat, combining bluesy songwriting with a rootsy rhythm section. The result is something completely organic and authentic—funky yet heartfelt, folksy and backwoods yet tinged with reggae. Dig their sound for yourselves this Saturday, when they perform alongside fellow Naptown natives, Little Bird, and keep an eye out for our March review of their latest album.
Jan. 13: Impact Hub Turns One
Impact Hub Baltimore, 10 E. North Ave. 7-11 p.m. Free.
We can’t believe it’s only been a year since the opening of Impact Hub. Within a matter of weeks, the local innovation space was indeed a hub for local creatives, makers, and innovators, and soon inspired our very own editors to award it a Best of Baltimore. Over the months, not only have their offered the city a new communal space, but they've invited all walks of life into its doors during their many multifaceted events, from speaker series—with Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, 1980s pop star turned MICA teacher Thomas Dolby, local author D. Watkins, to name a few—to poetry readings, film festivals, and, most importantly, conversations. They’ve helped bridge multiple gaps in Baltimore, and to celebrate their birthday, head to where it all begin in Station North this Friday for a night of food, cocktails, art, music, and festivities. Donations will be welcome to support their scholarship fund.