November 13, 2008
You gotta have art, even if money is tight. And you can in Baltimore.
The Walters Art Museum's permanent collection at 600 N. Charles St. is free. And special exhibitions are free in the summer.
Similarly, general admission at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, is free. And from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday, the museum offers family activities. State employees who buy a ticket to the coming exhibition, A Circus Family: Picasso to Leger, can get one free.
Bank of America customers can use their bank cards for free admission on the first weekend of the month to museums in 18 states, including Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum, Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.
Perhaps live music feeds your soul. Attend free classical concerts twice a month at Second Presbyterian Church, 4200 St. Paul St. And Christ Lutheran Church at 701 S. Charles St. offers free Bach concerts the first Sunday of every month at 4 p.m.
If classical isn't your thing, Joe Squared at 133 W. North Ave. has free live music every night, ranging from folk and indie to jazz. Or at no charge, hear roots rock, blues, bluegrass and other music nightly at the Waterfront Hotel at 1710 Thames St.
Area theaters offer discounts to musicals and plays. State employees and their families, for instance, can get half-price tickets to Saturday matinees at Centerstage, 700 N. Calvert St., through May 23. Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St., holds a "pay what you can night," the evening before a show opens. And volunteer ushers at Centerstage and Everyman can see the shows for free.
-- Eileen Ambrose