Who isn't ready for some laffs?! Well, to get your funny on, stop by Atomic Books' Eightbar on Friday, from 8 to 10 p.m. for "Centurion: 100 Minutes of Stand-Up Comedy." Centurion is a stand-up comedy showcase featuring exactly 100 minutes of quality stand-up comedy from some of the best comedians in Baltimore. Hosted by Collin Baker, Centurion features the comedy stylings of Camirin Farmer, Eric Glaeser, "Dark Mark" Joyner, and Jessica Garret. The event is free.
On Sunday, Apples to Apples takes place from noon to 4 p.m. at Blue Pit BBQ, 1601 Union Ave. Millstone Cellars and Blue Pit BBQ are teaming up to bring you the second annual cider competition in which 20 brewers battle to make the tastiest hard cider. The $25 ticket (in advance, $35 at the door) gets you bottomless samples, and you'll vote for your favorite. To get your tickets, call Nepenthe Homebrew at 443-438-4846.
On Thursday, May 26, The Wine Source, 3601 Elm Ave., is hosting an engraving event from 5 to 8 p.m. While online details are a little on the scarce side, it looks like you can stop by and get a message engraved on select bottles of spirits. For more details, call 410-467-7777.
May 26 is also the closing night for an art show of recent works by John Baumann and Paul Bessette at the Golden West Cafe, 1105 W. 36th St. So stop by the Long Bar in the back anytime before then, have a drink and check out some art.
Monday morning at Play Cafe, 3400 Chestnut Ave., means it's time for Morning Mumbles with Danny Joe. At 10:30 a.m. Danny performs stories from well-known children's books using hand puppets made of everyday materials. This is a play-based and interactivity event for kids up to 3 years old and their parents or caregivers. This event is free, but there is a $5 Play Cafe minimum on food and beverages.
And finally, for those who remember the beloved and legendary Orpheum theater in Fells Point, there is some exciting news. There is currently a Kickstarter for Orpheum Rising at the Ideal Theater (sic), 905 W. 36th St. (www.kickstarter.com/projects/1147753357/orpheum-rising-at-the-ideal-theater/). According to the fundraising page, "Baltimore film historian George Figgs ran the Orpheum Cinema in Fells Point for ten years and is spearheading the campaign to show films again at the Ideal Theater, offering the general public the widest variety of movie picture imagery that can still be experienced. There will be two films shown on the first and third Sunday evenings of every month, either as a double feature or one extremely popular film with two separate showings." The Ideal Theatre is being used as a dance studio these days, but aside from the removal of the original seating, the interior has changed little and it remains a usable space for screening films, according to the Kickstarter Web page.
In order to do this, though, organizers need to raise $10,000 for help in procuring a new projector and screen and to offset the costs to begin curating the theater's library of films. Again, according to the Kickstarter page, "The ultimate goal is to give Baltimore the most diversely curated collection of film since the Orpheum Cinema's run in the 1990s." Support plateaus range from $1 to $1,000, with a number of rewards, including movie passes. Help bring film back to 36th Street and the Ideal Theatre.