Tuesday, April 17
GREENSPEAK: Baltimore Green Week kicks off today with author Justin Martin, who talks about his new book, Genius of Place: The Life of Frederick Law Olmsted, at the Enoch Pratt Free Central Library. The book chronicles the life of the landscape architect and social reformer, known, among other things, for designing New York City’s Central Park, the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair and the campus of Stanford University. The 7 p.m. talk is part of Baltimore Green Works Sustainable Speaker Series. Enoch Pratt Free Central Library 400 Cathedral St. 410-396-5430.
Wednesday, April 18
BALTIMORE FROM THE GROUND UP: A panel discussion hosted by author Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson at MICA’s Brown Center, part of the lecture series, ThinkMake: Exploring the Art and Craft in Architecture and Design. The panel includes Pete O’Shea of Siteworks Studio; Keith and Marie Zawistoski, Associates AIA; and others. All begin at 6 p.m. and are followed by a reception. Brown Center, 1300 Mt. Royal Avenue. Sponsored by the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
GREEN CARNIVAL: Show solidarity with terra firma at Hopkins at the Green Carvinal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Gilman Atrium, at the Homewood campus. The week of celebrations leading up to Earth Day, April 22, features dozens of events, including recycling drives, composting classes, lectures and light bulb giveaways at various campus locations. For a detailed listing go to the Hopkins Sustainability website. Through April 22.
Thursday, April 19
PUNK WOMEN ON SCREEN: Director Amy Oden will attend a screening of her film, “From the Back of the Room,” chronicling 30 years of women in DIY punk. The film features interviews with over 30 women from across the country, including Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre), Slade (Tribe 8), Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile) and many others. Among the themes addressed in the film are race, gender, sexuality, motherhood, class, and activism. The 7 p.m. screening will be followed by a live performance by band Sick Fix. Creative Alliance at the Patterson.
Friday, April 20
ITS ACADEMIC: Is her honor smarter than a group of Baltimore Curriculum Project 5th Graders? Find out at a BCP fundraising gala on Friday, April 20, 2012 from 6:30pm-10:30pm at Hampstead HIll Academy, 500 S. Linwood Avenue. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, City Schools CEO Andres Alonso, 98 Rock Host Mickey Cucchiella, and Houston Texan Bryant Johnson will match wits with students from City Springs Elementary/Middle School, Collington Square School of the Arts, Hampstead Hill Academy, and Wolfe Street Academy in a fun-filled quiz show from 8:00pm – 8:30pm.
Saturday, April 21
A MOMENT’S PEACE: Jazz guitarist John Scofield and his trio play two sets, one at 8:30 p.m. and another at 10 p.m., at the Johns Hopkins Club, Homewood campus, 3400 North Charles Street. Scofield, one of the big three of current jazz guitarists, recorded with Charlies Mingus and Miles Davis. Check out “I Will,” from a recent album: A Moment’s Peace.
NERDS OF ALL AGES: Roll it, spin it, bash it and blow it up at the annual Johns Hopkins Physics Fair. It features a physics-themed scavenger hunt, demonstrations, and competitions among students. Physicist Peter Armitage, “Professor Extraordinaire,” will dazzle with big bangs, booms and bright lights. There will also be a science quiz competition for teams of elementary-age students. 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy, Homewood Campus.
[This is snappy 2009 video (with “Weird Science” background track) gives you a pretty good idea of how fiendishly fun, kid-friendly and hands-on this event is. The enthusiasm of the physics students who run it is infectious.]
THE BIG PROM: The Baltimore Improv Group stages a “Prom without Tears,” an improvisational comedy show followed by some summa cum lauda boogeying to Prom music classics. The Creative Alliance at the Paterson, 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 22
ABUSE SURVIVOR EXHIBIT: Notre Dame of Maryland University is raising awareness about violence against women with their local Clothesline Project, a display of shirts illustrated by women who have survived violence, their families or friends. This year’s Clothesline include shirts made by inmates at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women. The clothesline will be displayed on the university’s Doyle lawn starting April 22 and 23 from 10 am to 4 pm, and on April 24 from 10 am to 2 pm. Rain dates for the event are April 30, May 1 and May 2.
strong>BIG IDEAS: Join the American Visionary Arts Museum for a free family workshop where you can fill up with visionary inspiration, and take home an original souvenir of one of your wilder dreams. You can start by giving sewing artist P. Nosa a scenario in five words or less, and he’ll sew it on either his solar or bicycle-powered sewing machine on the spot the spot. Later, Michael Smith-Welch, who teaches creativity and design, will help you create a DIY UFO. Experimentation, ideas and wackiness are highly encouraged. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. AVAM’s Jim Rouse Visionary Center. 800 Key Highway. 410-244-2130
TOWN WITHOUT PITY: Through Sunday, May 15. The ancient and honorable city of Baltimore, explored and chronicled in a MICA student-curated exhibition, “Baltimore: Open City,” by scholars, activists, community-based groups, local artists and visiting artist Damon Rich. Participants have developed a series of installations and public programs coinciding with National Fair Housing Month. North Avenue Market, 16 W. North Avenue.