Five things to eat, drink, see, hear, and do with your Charm City weekend.
Jan. 21: A la Table with Monet & Manet
The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. 7-10 p.m. Sold out. thewalters.org.
There’s something oddly exciting about eating and drinking where you’re not supposed to—Brew at the Zoo, Halloween at the Maryland Science Center, Art After Hours at the BMA, outside on your stoop with a grill, a glass of wine, and the summer sun blazing on your back. This Friday, head to The Walters for decadent dining in the art museum’s 19th-century gallery. With Linwoods restaurant and chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola, enjoy a five-course tasting menu paired with French red and white wines amidst renowned European art. Enjoy Beaujolais beside Barbizon masters, indulge in Bordeaux beneath Monets and Manets, and transport to the Seine with carb-and-cream heavy Parisian fare.
Union Craft Brewing, 1700 Union Ave. 7-11 p.m. $10.
With a wet weekend in the 50s, we can almost feel the budding days of spring. That’s when the Charm City Bluegrass Festival returns—April 29—for its fifth year. Expect big names like the Lone Bellow plus local favorites like Cris Jacobs and maybe even the winner of this weekend’s Battle of the Bands. In Round One, hear Haint Blue, The Plate Scrapers, The High and Wides, and Lady Bird perform as the four local acts duke it out for a spot on that Druid Hill Park stage. Kick some kegs of Snow Pants oatmeal stout and look ahead to warmer weather with A Tribe Called Quest-inspired Midnight Marauder dark sour ale.
To March 4: Grace Hartigan: The Late Paintings
C. Grimadlis Gallery, 523 N. Charles St. Tue.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free.
One of America’s most noted Abstract Expressionist artists, Grace Hartigan was best known for her colorful paintings that dripped, blended, blurred, and burst with pop culture and American life. A friend of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, the New Jersery-born artist spent her final decades in Baltimore, teaching at MICA and painting in a loft above a former department store. The institute’s Hoffberger School of Painting was created around Hartigan, who became director in 1965 and taught there until the year before her death in 2008. While her works have been exhibited in bigwig institutions like the Baltimore Museum of Art, Los Angeles’ Museum of Contemporary Art, Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim, to name a few, her canvases now get a more intimate setting in her 21st solo exhibit at the gallery at C. Grimaldis. With pieces from the 1980s through the 2000s, Hartigan’s later works blend figurative expression with active gestures and artistic freedom. Soak up the warm, pink hues of “Lady Macbeth,” the dripping elegance of “Lili Marlene,” and the hazy razzle-dazzle of “The Entertainers.”
Jan. 21: Antigone in Ferguson
Coppin State University, James Weldon Johnson Auditorium, 2500 W. North Ave. 7:30-10 p.m. Free.
Out of the Baltimore Uprising and nationwide police brutality cases has come a beautiful flurry of art. Across the city and country, artists of all mediums and talents have released their confusion, anger, and grief through the pen, canvas, and stage, including Antigone in Ferguson. This weekend, the unique theater ensemble will perform at Coppin State University with a goal of creating a safe space for conversation between concerned citizens and law enforcement. Oscar-nominated actor Paul Giamatti of Sideways, The Wire’s Sonja Sohn, St. Louis native and Broadway star Duane Foster, and young actress Marjolaine Goldsmith will present dramatic readings of scenes from Sophocles’ Antigone, an ancient Greek tragedy about the violent clash of personal conviction and state law, backed by a 30-plus person gospel choir, including police officers and activists from Ferguson and Baltimore.
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. 8 p.m. $15 suggested donation. 410-276-1651.
Whether you’re embracing our country’s next chapter or mourning the loss of the Obama-Biden bromance, celebrate the beautiful diversity of the land of the free and home of the brave this Friday night at Highlandtown’s Creative Alliance. Whatever your political party, age, race, gender, or orientation, stand up for America’s vibrant mix of people with music, dance, and an all-out politics-aside party. Get down to the addictive beats of Bmore Club rapper TT The Artist, hear stand-up comedy by trans comic Violet Gray, catch a boisterous drag show by Betty O’Hellno, and celebrate Artesanas Mexicanas, the event’s beneficiary—a group of inspiring Latin American women, who work to preserve and promote their cultural traditions and Southeast Baltimore community.