Remember back when you had to pay for activities like touring the Constellation, seeing the city from the Top of the World Observation Level, listening to a Peabody concert or watching a classic film at the Charles Theatre?
Well, that was sooo last month.
It's October now, and your money is no good at some 85 venues participating in the second annual Free Fall Baltimore. About 300 events, ranging from a Center Stage production of Arsenic and Old Lace (alas, sold out) to a mock discussion between the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, to showings of classic 3-D films at the Charles, are being offered free of charge. And many museums in town, including the Streetcar Museum, the Museum of Industry and the Jewish Museum, are waiving their normal admission fees for the month -- or at least select dates this month. (The Walters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art are already free year-round.)
In its second year, Free Fall has more activities than before, but also less time -- it's being held only in October, instead of October and November.
"Doing it over two months is a little bit hard to sustain," said Tracy Baskerville, director of communications for the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. New participating venues this year include the Contemporary Museum, the National Museum of Dentistry and Vagabond Players.
Organizations, eager to make a good impression on new audiences, tend to bring out their finest offerings. Baltimore Clayworks is offering free workshops, for example, and Arena Players is showcasing Four Queens, No Trump, by award-winning playwright Ted Lange, better known to people over a certain age as Isaac from The Love Boat.
In addition to waiving the admission fee -- normally $8.75 for adults -- Thursdays through Sundays, the Constellation is giving presentations twice a day on the ship's role in fighting the illegal slave trade in the years leading to the Civil War. The program, about an hour long and led by guides in Civil War-era costume, is normally offered during Black History Month and by appointment, said executive director Chris Rowsom. When the same program was offered during Free Fall Baltimore last year, he said, attendance tripled, to about 16,000. "It worked out very, very well for us," he said.
Though guidelines for Free Fall are loose, many venues choose to explore Baltimore's history through exhibits, lectures and shows. At the Top of the World observatory in the city's World Trade Center, a photo exhibit from now through Oct. 13 will examine the life and times of Civil War hero Robert Smalls, the first African-American to have an Army ship commissioned in his honor, said Jim Clark, the observatory's manager.
Tonight, a reception will be held from 5 to 7 with Kitt Alexander, a historian who has been "working to have this story told," said Clark.
A second exhibit, featuring the work of local photographer Greg Nickey, will run Oct. 14 through Nov. 3, with a free reception scheduled from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Don't bother to bring your wallet. The normal admission price ($5 for adults, $3 for kids) will be waived.
Organizations also work together during Free Fall. The Maryland Humanities Council, for example, is holding one event at the BMA and another at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center.
The BMA event, scheduled for Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., will feature a "conversation about race in America" moderated by Marc Steiner of WYPR and featuring actor Bill Grimmette as Martin Luther King Jr. and Charles Everett Pace as Malcolm X. On Oct. 27, Grimmette, in his role as King, will give an interactive performance to students at the Eubie Blake center.
Baskerville said most participating organizations received between $1,000 and $20,000 to cover the costs of events. The money -- $500,000 in all -- came from the mayor's office, she said. The Maryland Film Festival is using its grant to show 3-D films, said Eric Hatch, programming administrator for the festival.
The movies -- Dial M for Murder, The Mad Magician, House of Wax and Kiss Me Kate -- are being screened on consecutive Wednesday nights, starting at 7 p.m., in the main theater at the Charles. The next one is Mad Magician, scheduled for Wednesday. Though admission is free, this event, like many others, requires reservations.
According to Hatch, Free Fall is fulfilling its purpose of introducing new audiences to Baltimore's cultural offerings. "We're getting calls from people who have never heard of us before," he said.
For more information and to find out how to make reservations for events, go to freefallbaltimore. com. You can also call the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts at 410-752-8632.
American Visionary Art Museum -- 800 Key Highway / 410-244-1900. No reservations required.
Oct. 28: Free admission, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; performances by Poetry for the People Baltimore, WombWork Productions and more.
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum -- 901 W. Pratt St. / 410-752-2490. No reservations required.
Oct. 16: Free admission
Baltimore Museum of Art -- 10 Art Museum Drive / 443-573-1799. No reservations required.
Oct. 28: Free admission to Matisse: Painter as Sculptor exhibition; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Daily year-round: Free admission to museum
Baltimore Museum of Industry -- 1415 Key Highway / 443-573-1799. Reserve passes at 410-727-4808, ext. 146, or at www.thebmi.org.
Oct. 10: Panel discussion, "They Made Music Here"; 7 p.m.
Oct. 14: Children's music workshop; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for children ages 3-6 and 2 p.m.-3 p.m. for children ages 7 and older.
Oct. 24: Panel discussion, "Baltimore Music Now"; 7 p.m.
Contemporary Museum -- 100 W. Centre St. / 410-783-5720. Call to reserve passes.
Oct. 11, 18, 25: Gallery talks; 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 12, 19, 26: Friday night film series; 7 p.m.
Oct. 20-21: Workshop for teens; 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park & Museum -- 1417 Thames St. / 410-685-0295, ext. 252. Reserve passes for leadership seminar at 410-685-0295, ext. 251.
Oct. 19-20: Leadership seminar, led by motivational speaker Terri Williams; 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 26-27: Historic Shipyard Days Festival, living history festival; noon-5 p.m.
Homewood Museum -- 3400 N. Charles St. / 410-685-0295. No reservations required.
Through Oct. 27: Historic Homewood ArtWalk, walking tour between Homewood Museum and Baltimore Museum of Art; noon.
Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University -- 2201 Argonne Drive / 443-885-4440. Call for recommended reservations.
Oct. 6: Carlton Leverette Ceramics Workshop; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Oct. 7: Opening reception for Carlton Leverette One Man Show; 3 p.m.
Oct. 7: Dance performance by VTDance; 5 p.m.
Oct. 20, 27: Art lecture; 3 p.m.
National Great Blacks in Wax Museum -- 1601 E. North Ave. / Reservations required at 410-563-7809 or at greatblacksin wax.org.
Oct. 27: Hand-in-Hand Tour: Were It Not For the Music, featuring three African-American historical sites and eight cultural performances; 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Port Discovery -- 35 Market Place / 410-727-8120. Call to reserve free passes.
Oct. 6: Hispanic Heritage Celebration; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture -- 830 E. Pratt St. / 443-263-1800.
Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28: "Retracing the Search for our Roots, 1977-2007: A Retrospective on Three Decades of History, Genealogy & Reconnection" program includes a number of events at various times; reserve passes for Oct. 24 panel discussion at 443-263-1831; reserve passes for Oct. 28 Baltimore Choral Arts performance at 410-523-7070, ext. 201, or at baltimorechoral arts.org.
School 33 Art Center -- 120 W. North Ave. / 410-396-4641. No reservations required.
Oct. 19: 19th annual open studio tour kick-off reception and exhibition; 5 p.m.
Oct. 20: Downtown studio tour; noon-5 p.m.
Oct. 21: Uptown studio tour; noon-5 p.m.
Walters Art Museum -- 600 N. Charles St. / 410-547-9000. No reservations required.
Oct. 20: Festival of Mysteries, including Deja Vu? Revealing Repetition in French Masterpieces exhibition and free family festival; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Daily year-round: Free admission to museum
Arena Players -- 801 McCulloh St. / 410-728-6500. Reservations required. Call or go to arenaplayers inc.org.
Oct. 26: Season opener: Four Queens, No Trump; 8 p.m.
Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre -- 21. W. Mount Royal Ave. / 410-752-1225. Call for required reservations or go to spotlighters.org.
Oct. 4, 6: Acting workshop, train in character development, improv, comedic and emotional and relationship acting; 7 p.m.-10 p.m. today and 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Oct. 22, 25: Staged readings for workshop actors; 8 p.m.
Baltimore Playwrights Festival/Single Carrot Theatre -- 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 114 / 443-844-9253. Call for reservations.
Oct. 21: 24-Hour Play Festival -- watch three plays being conceived, written, rehearsed and performed within a 24-hour period; 7 p.m.
Baltimore Shakespeare Festival -- The Elizabethan Theatre at St. Mary's Outreach Center, 3900 Roland Ave. / 410-366-8596. Call for passes or go to baltimoreshake speare.org.
Oct. 26: See performance of Antigone, then participate in talk-back with director, actors and managing and artistic directors; 8 p.m.
Baltimore Theatre Project -- 45 W. Preston St. / Reserve free passes at 410-752-8558.
Oct. 26: The Increased Difficulty of Concentration, a panel discussion with cast and director follows; 8 p.m.
Center Stage -- 700 N. Calvert St. / Make reservations at centerstage .org or 410-332-0033.
Oct. 7: Arsenic & Old Lace, meet the artists follows; 7:30 p.m.
The Collective & The Baltimore Improv Group -- At the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive / Reserve free passes at collective-dance.com, bigimprov.org and 443-257-3844.
Oct. 13: Get Loose and Laugh; 8 p.m.
Garrett-Jacobs Mansion -- 11 W. Mount Vernon Place / Reserve free passes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-235-4457.
Oct. 21: The Baltimore Living History Theatre; 2 p.m.
Hippodrome Foundation -- Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. / Reserve free passes at olivew@ hippodromefoundation.org or 410-727-7787.
Oct. 7: Menopause the Musical; 5:30 p.m.
Quest: Arts for Everyone -- Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. / Reserve free passes at email@example.com.
Oct. 29: I Carried the Flag, adaption of Maria Rilke's poem The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke; 7:30 p.m.
Run of the Mill Theater -- Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. / Reserve free passes at 410-752-8558.
Oct. 18: Blood Wedding, a play by Federico Garcia Lorca; 8 p.m.
Vagabond Players -- Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway / Reserve free passes at 410-563-9135.
Oct. 13-14: Vagabond Reader's Theatre, staged readings of short plays, excerpts & monologues; Saturday 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday 7 p.m.
WombWork Productions -- Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 3121 Walbrook Ave. / Reserve free passes at 410-338-0265.
Oct. 6: Welcome to the Nu World; 7:30 p.m.
Bach Concert Series at Christ Lutheran Church -- 701 S. Charles St. / No reservations required.
Oct. 7: Bach Cantata 111 & Mendelssohn; 4 p.m.
Baltimore Chamber Orchestra -- Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. / Reserve free passes at 410-426-0157.
Oct. 19: Marvelous Music with a Science Slant; 7 p.m.
Baltimore Choral Arts Society -- Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. / Reserve free passes at baltimorechoralarts.org or 410-523-7070, ext. 201.
Oct. 28:Let My People Go, a story of the Underground Railroad; 2 p.m.
Baltimore Classical Guitar Society -- Hope Presbyterian Church, 4748 Shelbourne Road / Reserve free passes at bcgs.org or 410-247-5320.
Oct. 6, 13, 21, 27: Guitar master classes; Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sunday Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Baltimore Jazz Alliance -- Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St. / Reserve free passes at baltimore jazz.com or 410-225-3130.
Oct. 14: Jazz For Kids family concert; 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Baltimore Opera Company -- Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. / Reserve free passes at baltimoreopera.com or 410-727-6000.
Oct. 13: She Never Lost a Passenger: A One Act Opera Honoring Harriet Tubman; 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra -- Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. / Reserve free passes at bsomusic.org or 410-783-8044.
Oct. 25: BSO open rehearsal: Marin Alsop conducts Tchaikovsky's Fifth Symphony; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Community Concerts at Second -- Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. / Reserve free passes at 410-744-4034.
Oct. 7: Chamber Music by Candlelight featuring Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 21: Live recording session by internationally known saxophonist Gary Louie; 3:30 p.m.
Handel Choir of Baltimore -- Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park / Reserve free passes at 410-366-6544.
Oct. 6, 7: Bach For Kids workshops; Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Hopkins Symphony Orchestra -- Shriver Hall, Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. / 410-516-6542. No reservations required.
Oct. 20: Symphonic Concert: From the New World; 7 p.m. pre-concert talk and 8 p.m. concert.
Maryland State Boychoir -- Maryland State Boychoir Center for the Arts, 3400 Norman Ave. / 410-668-2003. No reservations required.
Oct. 28: Senior Citizen Day Concert; 2:30 p.m.
Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore -- Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. / Reserve free passes at 410-329-6874.
Oct. 26: A Concert of Music by Black Composers; 7:30 p.m.
Peabody Institute -- 17 E. Mount Vernon Place / Reserve free passes at 410-659-8100.
Oct. 5: Peabody Concert Orchestra; 8 p.m.
Oct. 9: The Peabody Trio; 8 p.m.
Oct. 10: Peabody Wind Ensemble; 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12: Student/faculty collaborative; 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26: The Peabody Jazz Orchestra; 7:30 p.m.
Shriver Hall Concert Series -- Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive / Reserve free passes at shriverconcerts.org or 410-516- 7164.
Oct. 6: Parker String Quartet; 3 p.m.
Station North Arts & Entertainment District -- North Charles and Trenton streets in the heart of Station North one block south of North Avenue / 410- 962-7075. No reservations required.
Oct. 14: Music Fest 2007 Outdoor Concert; 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
Maryland Film Festival Free Fall 3D Series -- 1711 N. Charles St. / Reserve free passes at md-film fest.com or 410-752-8083.
Oct. 10: Mad Magician; 7 p.m.
Oct. 17: House of Wax; 7 p.m.
Oct. 24: Kiss Me Kate; 7 p.m.
Black Panther Rank and File Film Series -- Maryland Institute College of Art, Falvey Hall in the Brown Center, 1301 Mount Royal Ave. / 410-225-2300. No reservations required.
Oct. 9: A Panther in Africa; 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 23: Public Enemy; 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 30: Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther; 7:30 p.m.
Dance Baltimore -- Reserve free passes at dancebaltimore.org or 866-756-5673.
Oct. 9, 16, 23: Dance classes; 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 874 N. Howard St.
Oct. 7, 14, 21: Dance classes; 2 p.m.-5 p.m.; Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 874 N. Howard St.
Oct. 28: Concert; Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive
Sankofa Dance Theater Free Fall Family Concert & Class Series -- Sankofa Center for Cultural Enrichment, 2901 Druid Park Drive / Reserve free passes at sankofa dancetheater.net or 410-669-3786.
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27: 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Visions Christian School of Etiquette & Dance -- Our Daily Bread Employment Center, 725 Fallsway / Reserve free passes at 410-668-6868.
Oct. 13: The Dance Workshop; 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Baltimore Streetcar Museum -- 1901 Falls Road / 410-547-0264. No reservations required.
Saturdays and Sundays in October: Free streetcar rides; noon-5 p.m.
Carroll Mansion -- 800 E. Lombard St. / Reserve free passes for groups of 10 or more at 410-605-2964.
Wednesdays through Sundays through end of October: Tours every hour; noon-4 p.m.
The Flag House and Star-Spangled Banner Museum -- 844 E. Pratt St. / 410-837-1793. No reservations required.
Oct. 20: Flag House Free Family Festival, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Historic Jonestown Visitor Center -- 800 E. Lombard St. / Reserve free passes at 443-514-5900.
Oct. 20, 21: Guided tour of Heritage Walk, noon-4 p.m.
Jewish Museum of Maryland -- 844 E. Pratt St. / 410-837-1793. Reserve free passes at idackmanalon @jewishmuseummd.org or 410-732-6400. Living History Performances:
Oct. 7: Ella Gutman Hutzler Returns to Baltimore, 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 14: Voices of Lombard Street: A Century of Change in E. Baltimore, noon-4 p.m.
Oct. 21: Leo V. Berger's Immigrant's Trunk: Saul Bernstein, noon and 2 p.m.
Maryland Historical Society -- 201 W. Monument St. / Reserve free passes for panel discussion at 410-685-3750.
Wednesdays through Sundays through end of October: Free admission, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Oct. 27: Panel discussion, 6 p.m.
Martin & Malcolm. One Vision-Two Voices: A Conversation about Race in America -- Reserve free passes at mdhc.org or 410-685-0095.
Oct. 16: 7 p.m.; Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive.
Oct. 27: 2 p.m.; Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute & Cultural Center, 847 N. Howard St.
Mount Clare Museum House -- Carroll Park, 1500 Washington Blvd. / Reserve free passes at mountclare.org.
Through Nov. 3: Beneath the Winding Sheet: Departing this Life in 18th Century, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Top of the World Observation Level -- 410 E. Pratt St., 27th floor / Reserve free passes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-837-8439.
Oct. 4, 18: Opening receptions for exhibits; 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
USS Constellation Museum -- Pier 1, Inner Harbor / 410-539-1797. No reservations required.
Every Thursday-Sunday in October: Free admission
Every Thursday and Friday in October: Free admission for "To Catch a Thief" tour, noon and -2 p.m.
Every Saturday and Sunday in October: Free admission for "To Catch a Thief" tour, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Baltimore Architecture Foundation -- Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. / Reserve free passes at thewalters.org or 410-547-9000.
Oct. 16: Second annual Robert E. Lewis Memorial Lecture with Robert Campbell; 6:30 p.m.
Baltimore Heritage Inc. -- Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. / Reserve free passes at hopkins @baltimoreheritage.org or 410-332-9992.
Oct. 18: The Impact of Architecture and Historic Preservation on Our Lives; 7 p.m.
Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium -- Shriver Hall, the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. / No reservations required. 201-602-0307.
Oct. 23: Bill Nye the Science Guy; 8 p.m.
Art on Purpose -- Conversations on Silence -- Make reservations for workshops at ecoughlin@ artonpurpose.org or 410-243-4750.
Oct. 13: 2 p.m.; Southeast anchor branch Enoch Pratt Library, 2601 Eastern Ave.
Oct. 18: 6 p.m.; Light Street branch Enoch Pratt Library, 1251 Light St.
Oct. 27: 2 p.m.; Pennsylvania Avenue branch Enoch Pratt Library, 1531 North Ave.
Baltimore Clayworks -- Baltimore Clayworks Mount Washington, 5707 Smith Ave., and Baltimore Clayworks Forest Park, Forest Park Senior Center, 4801 Liberty Heights Ave. / Make reservations for workshops at baltimoreclayworks.org or 410- 578-1919.
Fridays and Saturdays in October: "Try it," hands-on clay workshops
Baltimoregallery -- 4519 Eastern Ave. / Make reservations for workshops at 410-276-7966.
Oct. 4, 9-11, 16, 18, 23-25, 30-31: Still Life Workshops can be scheduled between noon and 3 p.m.
Baltimore School for the Arts -- 712 Cathedral St. / Reserve free passes at bsfa.org or 443- 642-5165.
Oct. 28: Artreach Family Day, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Black Cherry Puppet Theater -- 1115 Hollins St. / Reserve free passes at email@example.com or 410-752-7272.
Oct. 7, 14, 21: Puppet-making workshops; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Puppet shows; 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Citylit Project -- Enoch Pratt Free Library, Southeast anchor branch, 3601 Eastern Ave. / Reserve free passes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-274-5691.
Oct. 4, 9, 11: Workshops; 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Oct. 22, 24: Panels and readings; 7 p.m.
Creative Alliance -- Reserve free passes at creativealliance.org or 410-276-1651.
Oct. 14, 21: Lantern-making workshops; noon, 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.; Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave.
Oct. 27: Great Halloween Lantern Parade; 3:30 p.m.; Pulaski Monument in Patterson Park, Linwood and Eastern avenues
Hot Glass Center -- 6800 Eastern Ave. / Make reservations for workshops at mcfaddenartglass.com or 410-631-6039.
Thursdays and Sundays in October: Glassblowing workshop; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sundays
Kids on the Hill -- Make reservations for workshops at 410-383-7200.
Oct. 20: The Black Panthers Revisited; 10 a.m.-noon workshop for ages 10-18; noon-3 p.m. workshop for college age and adults; Maryland Institute College of Art, Fox Building, 1301 Mount Royal Ave.
Oct. 25: Panel discussion; 7 p.m.; Morgan State University, Communications Building Room 101, 5601 Perring Parkway.
Maryland Science Center -- 601 Light St. / Make reservations for free passes at 410-779-1615 or e-mail email@example.com.
Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26: "Friday Under Five"; 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; workshop for ages 2-5 and their parents. Plus access to exhibits and the kids room.
Libro-En-Un-Mes -- Enoch Pratt Free Library, Southeast anchor branch, 3601 Eastern Ave. / Reserve free passes at info@apprentice house.com or 310-617-5265.
Oct. 30: Libro-En-Un-Mes Book Release; 7 p.m.
Baltimore Public Works Museum -- Eastern Avenue at President Street / No reservations required.
Oct. 6: Heavy Metal: Big Truck Day; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Center for Cultural Education -- Enoch Pratt Free Library, Pennsylvania Avenue branch, 1531 W. North Ave. / Reserve free passes at 410-669-2975.
Oct. 20: An Evening of Jazz through the Eyes of a Poet; 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
Voces Latinas/Latin Voices -- Enoch Pratt Free Library, pratt library.org / No reservations required.
Oct. 9: Brooklyn branch, 300 E. Patapsco Ave.; 1 p.m.
Oct. 10, 13: Time varies; Patterson Park branch, 158 N. Linwood Ave.
Oct. 7, 9, 14, 21 : Time varies; Southeast anchor branch, 3601 Eastern Ave.
Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center -- 847 N. Howard St./ Reserve free passes at 410-225-3130.
Oct. 13, 27: Open house; 3 p.m.
National Aquarium in Baltimore -- Pier 3, 501 E. Pratt St. / 410-576-3800. Free passes distributed at all Enoch Pratt Library branches during presentations of Mother Goose on the Loose program.
Oct. 17: Mother Goose on the Loose at the Aquarium; 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
National Museum of Dentistry -- 31 S. Greene St. / 410-706-0600. No reservations required.
Oct. 7: MouthPower Family Day; 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Oyo Traditions Cultural Arts Institute -- Druid Hill Community Development Corp., 2140 McCulloh St. / Reservations not required.
Oct. 6: Spoken word conference hosted by Jaki-Terri and Anthony Pressley; 1 p.m.
Oct. 12: Local spoken word artists present; 6 p.m.
Oct. 20: Lecture by Babalawo Chief Akinfaderin on the culture and art of Nigeria; 1 p.m.
Oct. 27: International Art Exhibit; 3 p.m.
Sports Legends at Camden Yards -- 301 W. Camden St. / 410- 727-1539. No reservations required.
Oct. 6-7: Celebrating Basketball in Baltimore; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
University of Baltimore -- University of Baltimore Student Center Performing Arts Theater, Fifth Floor, 21 W. Mount Vernon Ave. /. Reserve free passes at ubalt.edu/studentcenter.
Oct. 26: Spoken-word, open-mike night; 7 p.m.
University of Maryland, Baltimore County Center for Art, Design & Visual Culture -- Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive / Reserve free passes at 410-455-3188.
Oct. 17: Design in the Community: Literacy, Advocacy & Public Programming; 6 p.m.
The Village Learning Place -- 2521 St. Paul St. / Reserve free passes for groups of 10 or more at 410- 235-2210.
Oct. 26: Sound Off!; 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Young Audiences/Arts for Learning -- The Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. / Reserve free passes at 410-685-5086 or in person at the Lyric Box Office.
Oct. 13, 20: Young Audiences at The Lyric!; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.