Baltimore Performing ArtsMusic Concerts in Baltimore
The pleasures of good music can be found in the concerts, ballets and other musical programs presented by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra performs throughout the season at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., and is one of the many fun things for couples to do in Baltimore; phone (410) 783-8100.
Hopkins Plaza offers free concerts once a month May through October. Concerts—some of which are free—are regularly scheduled at the acoustically superb Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall of the Peabody Institute of Music, 17 E. Mount Vernon Pl.; phone (667) 208-6620. Cultural and sporting events take place at Royal Farms Arena; phone (410) 347-2020.
Theaters and Other Venues
Baltimore's major regional theater is Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St., which produces a variety of contemporary and classic plays; phone (410) 332-0033. Drama devotees can enjoy touring Broadway shows as well as the classics at the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St.; phone (410) 837-7400 for schedule information. Other dramatic offerings are staged at the theaters of the Arena Players, 801 McCulloch St., (410) 728-6500; the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St., (410) 244-8570; Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., (410) 752-2208; and the Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway, (410) 563-9135.
The Strand Theater Co., (443) 874-4917, performs at 5426 Harford Rd.
Within the Station North Arts and Entertainment District are the Baltimore Improv Group, which performs in the Mercury Theater at 1823 N. Charles St., (888) 745-8393; Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St., (443) 844-9253; and The Charles Theatre, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3456, which shows a variety of new, classic and foreign films. The district features outdoor murals as well.
The Theater Project, 45 W. Preston St., is the city's center for avant-garde productions; phone (410) 752-8558. The Cockpit in Court Summer Theatre of Essex Campus of the Community College of Baltimore County presents musicals, dramas and comedies throughout the summer; phone (443) 840-2787.
In the mood to see a stand-up comedian? Plan a trip to the Baltimore Comedy Factory, (410) 547-7798, in the Best Western Plus Hotel at 5625 O'Donnell St.
Several dinner theaters are in and around the city. Toby's Dinner Theatre is located in Columbia at 5900 Symphony Woods Rd.; phone (410) 730-8311 or (800) 888-6297.
For schedules of current theatrical and musical offerings check the local newspapers.
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Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), about 10 miles south of downtown, is reached via I-195 off I-95 or SR 295 (Baltimore-Washington Parkway).
Numerous automobile rental agencies maintain offices at the airport and downtown. Hertz, (410) 850-7400 or (800) 654-3080, offers discounts to AAA members.
Baltimore Penn Station is at 1500 N. Charles St., between Oliver and Lanvale streets. Baltimore is situated on seven Amtrak routes, including the Acela Express to New York City and Boston; phone Amtrak, (800) 872-7245.
The Greyhound Lines Inc. terminal is at 2110 Haines St.; phone (410) 752-7682 or (800) 231-2222. Megabus offers service from the southern side of the White Marsh Mall parking lot, adjacent to Honeygo Boulevard; phone (877) 462-6342. (New York service is from the south side of the White Marsh Park & Ride lot.) BoltBus offers service from 1578 Maryland Ave.; phone (877) 265-8287.
Taxis are metered. The base fare is $1.80, $2.20 for each additional mile and 20c each 30 seconds of waiting time. A 50c surcharge is added for trips between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. An additional 30c-per-mile surcharge is added for trips beyond Baltimore. Among the larger cab companies are Diamond, (410) 947-3333; Sun, (410) 235-0300; and Yellow Cab, (410) 685-1212.
Baltimore's public transportation consists of buses, a subway system, light rail and MARC commuter trains.
Water taxis are available at the Inner Harbor.