The colonization of Jamestown, Va., in 1607 marked the first permanent English settlement in North America. And in honor of the coming 400th anniversary of this momentous occasion, the Godspeed, a newly built replica of the original ship that landed at Jamestown, visits six East Coast ports, including Baltimore's tomorrow through Monday. Each day, visitors can take part in various activities at a "Landing Party" at the Inner Harbor. There will be tours of Godspeed and and a virtual voyage through an on-shore simulator. Displays on the contributions of the English, African-Americans and American Indians will be on view. And there will be live theatrical presentations, music, costumed characters and kids' entertainment.
Godspeed will be docked at the Inner Harbor tomorrow through Monday. The "Landing Party" will take place on the ship and at the Baltimore Visitors Center, 401 Light St. All events are free. Call 757-253-4659 or visit ameri cas400thanniversary.org.
'LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST'
Washington's Shakespeare Theatre journeys to 1960s India for its season-ending production of Love's Labor's Lost, opening Monday. The play concerns four noblemen who sequester themselves to focus on academia, only to wind up falling in love with a quartet of ladies. The updated setting was chosen, according to director Michael Kahn, because such 1960s issues as the search for enlightenment and changing gender relationships echo themes in Shakespeare's comedy. Kahn's production -- which stars Amir Arison and Sabrina LeBeauf (pictured below), Ben Bass and Claire Laufer -- will travel to Stratford-on-Avon, England, for two weeks of performances in August as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's "Complete Works Festival."
Show times for Love's Labor's Lost, which is currently in previews at the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. N.W., Washington, are 7:30 p.m. most Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and most Sundays, and noon July 26. The play runs through July 30. Tickets are $14.25-$71.25. Call 877-487-8849.
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A GROUP PLEDGE
Honor Old Glory this Flag Day at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. All Wednesday evening, flag-related activities and events will take place. At 7 p.m., the fort will take part in the nationwide "Pause for the Pledge of Allegiance." Visitors, musical performers, military personnel and fort staff will recite the pledge at that time. Afterward, there will be a band concert of patriotic music, a fly-over by the A-10 Thunderbolt Jets of the Maryland Air National Guard, a ceremonial wreath-laying, a parade of state flags and an elaborate fireworks finale. The event is sponsored by the National Flag Day Foundation.
Flag Day events run from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, 2400 E. Fort Ave. Free; admission to the fort is $5; free for ages 15 and younger. Call 410-962-4290 or visit nps.gov / fomc.