The best Baltimore-area events this week: Artscape, Idina Menzel and The Who


For the 36th time, the nation’s biggest free arts festival returns to Baltimore, with three days of music, performances, art and just about anything else arts related. Attractions include more than 150 artists, fashion designers and craftspeople, plus offerings from all manner of cultural institutions, from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to Baltimore Museum of Art to the Theatre Project to the comedians of LOL@Artscape. There’s a headline concert each night, with performances from Sheila E. (7:30 p.m. Friday), Gogol Bordello (7:30 p.m. Saturday) and Robert Randolph & The Family Band (6:30 p.m. Sunday). And so much more, including installations invoking this year's theme of “Camp Artscape: Adventure Awaits.” So much fun to be had, and all for free. You will have to pay for food, however (but it’s all locally sourced, so that’s cool). 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday in the area surrounding the intersection of Charles Street and Mount Royal Avenue.

NAACP National Convention

The 108th annual convention of the NAACP includes some 100 speakers, plus an author’s pavilion, career fair, health pavilion and retail expo. $100-$175 registration, with additional charges for various packages and events. Saturday-July 26 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St.

Idina Menzel

She originated the role of Elphaba in “Wicked” on Broadway (and won a Tony for it), she was the voice of Queen Elsa in “Frozen” (where she got to belt out “Let It Go”), and she had her named mangled beyond recognition by John Travolta at the 2014 Oscars. That’s accomplishment enough for anyone, right? Great voice, and a name that’s not really all that tough. 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $36.50-$48.75.

The Moody Blues

The veteran British rockers celebrate the 50th anniversary of their groundbreakingly symphonic “Days of Future Passed” album. 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pier 6 Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. $23-$275.

The Who

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey pound out five decades worth of hits, with help from drummer Zak Starkey and guitarist Simon Townshend. 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Theater at MGM National Harbor, 101 MGM National Ave. in Oxon Hill, Prince George’s County. $228.18-$475 (with other tickets available on the resale market from around $200).

Summer Break Make and Take Workshops

Four days of fun creating fake food. Take a small box, add wheels and some ingenuity, and make your own food truck (Tuesday). Craft yourself a hamburger using paper, magazines and tape (Wednesday). Use sponges and miscellany to create something strikingly inedible (Thursday). Make a mini-version of Andrew Logan's Cosmic Galaxy Egg sculpture (Friday). 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. $5, plus $9.95-$15.95 museum admission (free for kids 6 and under).

‘Girls Trip’

Four friends head to New Orleans for a raunchy good time. Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish and Baltimore’s own Jada Pinkett Smith star. In theaters Thursday.

‘HMS Pinafore’

The Young Victorian Theatre Company presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s tale of a love that spans the decks of a British Navy ship. 3 p.m. today and next Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Macfarlane Arts Center’s Sinex Theater at Roland Park Country School, 5204 Roland Ave. $25-$40.


Local artists creating food-themed art — a Baltimore tradition for 33 years, born out of the perception that the early Artscapes were more concerned with food than art. The perception may have changed, but Foodscape remains. Kicks off at 5:30 p.m. today at Mount Royal Tavern, 1204 W. Mount Royal Ave., where it will remain on display through July 31. “Foodscape 2017” on

The New Pornographers

Seriously good power pop, including (hopefully) a healthy dose of songs from their latest album, “Whiteout Conditions.” 8 p.m. Thursday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. $29.50.

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