THE 89TH FLOWER MART
Nothing says spring like maypole dancing. Tomorrow and Saturday, catch Baltimore's 89th annual Flower Mart in Mount Vernon. The two-day "Baltimore's Bee...utiful Bouquet"-themed event will feature floral, craft and antiques vendors, live music, children's theater and other concerts and entertainment. History buffs can take architectural tours of Mount Vernon and get the chance to sample the festival's signature lemon and peppermint sticks. Afternoon champagne and cheese statuary tours will also run in Mount Vernon Park.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Mount Vernon Plaza surrounding the Washington Monument. For more information, visit flower mart.org or call 410-323-0022.
HARPER RETURNS FOR 'GOLDA'
Tuesday's opening of Golda's Balcony at the Hippodrome Theatre marks a return of sorts for both William Gibson's play about Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and the star of the touring production, Valerie Harper. Nearly 30 years ago, Gibson's precursor to the current script, a play called simply Golda, had a pre-Broadway engagement at the Mechanic Theatre starring Anne Bancroft. And, Harper appeared in the last full season at the Mechanic Theatre, starring in The Tale of the Allergist's Wife.
Unlike its predecessor, Golda's Balcony is a one-woman show. Set during the Yom Kippur War, the play portrays Meir facing questions whose answers helped mold the future of Israel. The production is directed by Scott Schwartz. The playwright is best known for The Miracle Worker.
Showtimes at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St., are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, and 6:30 p.m. Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. Sundays, through May 21. Tickets are $24-$64. Call 410-547-SEAT.
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MATISSE'S CIRCUS OF COLORFUL COLLAGES AT BMA
Matisse's illustrated book Jazz, a collection of 20 vibrantly colored stencil prints based on a series of the artist's cutout collages, is on display in its entirety at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Inspired by the artist's memories of the circus and of his travels, the illustrations evoke the spirit of jazz music through their bold abstract compositions and striking use of color. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will partner with the BMA to present the "Jazz" of Matisse through a series of musical performances in connection with the exhibition.
The exhibit runs through Aug. 27 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Admission is free with museum entrance, which is $6-$10 and free for members and children younger than 18. For more information about the exhibit, call 443-573-1700 or visit artbma.org. For showtime and ticketing information for the BSO show, call 410-783-8000 or visit balti moresymphony.org.