Outdoor movies If Baltimoreans love one thing during the summer, it's watching movies outdoors, for free. And there are plenty of chances for them to enjoy the opportunity. One, MovieFest at Cross Keys, ends with Saturday's screening of 2000's "Chocolat" at sunset. Another, the summer film series on Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, continues Friday with a sunset screening of Pixar's 2009 "Up." And more are starting in the coming weeks, at the American Visionary Art Museum (July 1), in Little Italy (July 2) and on the Broadway Pier in Fells Point (July 7).
1970 Orioles reunion Hard to believe now, but the Orioles were once the envy of major league baseball, routinely making the playoffs, usually going from there into the World Series. And in 1970, they won it all, beating the Cincinnati Reds four games to one. This weekend, the Orioles are honoring the 40th anniversary of that championship team with a series of events. The main celebration begins at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and will include an autograph signing by select members of the 1970 team, a memorabilia sale and a video tribute to the team, many of whose members will be introduced on field before the 4:05 p.m. game versus the Washington Nationals. Information: 888-848-2473 or orioles.com.
Shakespeare outdoors Two of the greatest plays in the English language, "Hamlet" and "Much Ado About Nothing," performed outdoors, amidst abandoned buildings, completely at the mercy of the elements — now that sounds like an experience worth having. Friday at 8, the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company premieres its production of "Hamlet," with the title role of the melancholy Dane played by CSC Associate Director Patrick Kilpatrick. Performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. June 25 and 26 and July 2, 3, 9, 15-17 and 22-24, 3 p.m. July 17 and 24 and 5 p.m. July 18 and 25. Performances of "Much Ado About Nothing" are scheduled for 5 p.m. June 27, July 4 and 11, 8 p.m. July 1, 8 and 10. Tickets are $15-$30, free for anyone 18 and under with a paying adult. The event is at the Patapsco Female Institute Historic Park, 3691 Sarah's Lane in Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-8874 or chesapeakeshakespeare.com.
Movable Feast Week Fancy yourself a food gourmet or, better yet, food-critic-in-the-making? Here's your chance to gain some experience and maybe even a little cred. Matches 13 and 14 of the ongoing Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament are set for Monday and Tuesday; for $55, you get to chow down on a four-course gourmet meal, while for $75, you get the VIP experience, including a taste of the competing chefs' creations. There's even a feel-good aspect: 20 percent of the proceeds goes to Movable Feast, a group providing meals for people with life-threatening conditions. It all takes place from 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Truffles Catering at the Belvedere, 1 E. Chase St. Tickets (which must be bought in advance): masondixonmasterchef.com.
Phish The rock world had to live without Phish for five years, following the group's 2004 break-up. But, on the heels of last year's reunion concerts in Virginia, the group is back performing live, and will be at Merriweather Post Pavilion for shows Saturday and Sunday. Expect lots of extended jams, an awesome light show and a singular experience, since no two Phish shows are exactly alike. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $50. Tickets and more information: 877-435-9849 or merriweathermusic.com.
Early 'Twilight' Area Twihards — all you pre-teen vampire lovers out there, and some of your moms — will be descending on the National Harbor Plaza in Prince George's County Saturday. For one thing, they'll be able to catch a free outdoor screening of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" at 8:40 p.m. For another, they'll see some scenes from the upcoming "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," which opens in theaters June 30. Actor Alex Meraz, who plays the werewolf Paul, leads a Q&A; at 8:15 p.m. at National Harbor Plaza, 163 Waterfront St. Information: 301-203-4189 or nationalharbor.com.
'Grown-Ups' Adam Sandler is among a group of friends who reunite over a July 4th weekend after the death of their high-school basketball coach. Some in the group, apparently, don't quite live-up to the movie's title. Others in the star-heavy cast: Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph and Maria Bello. Opens in theaters Friday.