Things to do in Baltimore this week 12/19

The week of Christmas is upon us.  Hopefully you have all your shopping done so you can take advantage of all the live music, food, and fun happening this week.  Have a safe and happy holiday!

Monday, December 19

A Holly Jolly Christmas Party!
6PM – 9PM
Sláinte Irish Pub and Restaurant 1700 Thames St, Baltimore
Kooper’s Tavern 1702 Thames St, Baltimore
Woody’s Cantina 821 S Broadway, Baltimore
Join us as we jingle & mingle the night away at Koopers Tavern, Slainte Irish Pub and Woodys Cantina to celebrate this holiday season and to thank all of our neighbors and regualr customers for your support and continuious buisess throughout the years!
-Light fare provided
-Drink specials all night
-Marker’s 46 bottle engraving
-Photo booth
-Live music
-Festive attire encouraged

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WBC Holiday Piehole Pie Baking Contest!
6PM – 9PM
Waverly Brewing Company
1625 Union Ave, Baltimore
Join us Monday, Dec. 19th @ 6PM to find out whose holiday pie reigns supreme! Our carefully screened panel of celebrity judges will pick the top 3 of 10 entries for fabulous prizes. Entry is free but limited to 10 total so giddyup and sign up here. Word has it that our judges like being bribed with stuff like cookies and the weirder the pie, the better!

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Degenerate Matter Vol.4: Descent to the Underworld
7PM – 10PM
The Windup Space
12 W North Ave, Baltimore
A night of dead poets in performance. Winter is coming and no amount of holiday cheer can mask the fact that it is the season of death, when Persephone returns to the underworld and the earth grows barren and cold, so join us as we too descend to the underworld to resurrect a few dead poets to warm and nourish the living.
How to participate:
Find a poem by a dead poet, memorize it if you like or just bring it along and read it as if your life depended upon it. (Normally we memorize the poems we perform, but since we are performing in the underworld this time we decided it would be appropriate to break the rules.)
Sign up: comment below with the name of the poet you are performing.
Or just come and watch. It’s free!  This edition of Degenerate Matter will feature Analog Players performing Ovid’s version of the Rape of Proserpina from Metamorphoses.

Something More / Hungover / Forges/The Chance / Carry The Banner
7PM – 12AM
TheDepot Baltimore
1728 N Charles St, Baltimore
Hungover is touring the east coast in support of their new record ‘WILT’ and will be joining us on 12/19 at The Depot! This is the last Big Red Booking show of the year, and we’re stoked to have Something More, The Chance, and Carry The Banner (acoustic) joining us.
Something More – MD’s finest pups commongroundrecords.bandcamp.com/album/dogs
Hungover – FL kids will make you dance and sing hungover.bandcamp.com
Forges
The Chance – MD pop-rock like you’ve never heard thechance.bandcamp.com
Carry The Banner (acoustic) – carrythebanner.bandcamp.com

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Mother’s Annual Customer Appreciation Party & Annual Toy Drive
6PM – 9PM
Mothers Grille
1113 S Charles St, Baltimore
Thank you for being such loyal customers. Let us thank you over some holiday cheer. Enjoy complimentary food & beverages. Don’t forget to bring a toy for our Annual Toy Drive. This party is invite only so please stop in and order a beer & grab yours today.

Mr. Boh’s 2nd Annual Holiday BOHzaar
7PM – 2AM
Bad Decisions
701 S Bond St, Baltimore
Please join Natty Boh and our family at National Bohemian Beer on the evening of Dec 19th at Bad Decisions bar in Fells Point to celebrate National Bohemian’s 2nd annual Holiday Boh-zaar! Admission is free, no tickets or invitations needed, and the event is open to the public this year for anyone 21 or older only. We request that donations of non-perrishable canned goods & unused toys be brought that night for collection to benefit local area families in need. There may be a few holiday surprises for industry folks that have worked so hard for Mr. Boh this year- so please join us to celebrate our loyal customer appreciation! And for anyone trying to make a last minute jump from the Naughty to Nice List, remember- if you can’t give your loved ones crabs for Christmas, give them National Bohemian Beer!

Nate Hook Jam Session
7:30PM – 9PM
An die Musik
409 N Charles St, Baltimore
As a resident of Baltimore, Nate studied with Gary Thomas and earned a performance degree from the Peabody Conservatory. He has worked in recent years with Ralph Peterson, Alex Norris, Paul Bollenback, and Bob Butta, just to name a few. In the spring of 2016, Nate played bass clarinet in Gary Thomas’ “Pariah’s Pariahs” ensemble, a recording of which will be available later this year. Nate also plays bagpipes, as did John Coltrane — a little-known fact about each. Admission: $10 adults/$5 full-time students with ID.

Seen & Heard Creative Open Mic Hosted by Michele McTierney
7PM – 9PM
Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor by Red Lion
207 E Redwood St, Baltimore
The Seen & Heard Creative Open Mic is a bi-monthly showcase of music and art hosted by Michele McTierney. All musicians and artists are welcome to perform and display their music and art. All kinds of art and music genres are welcome, visual arts, performing arts, music, spoken word, poetry/short stories, comedy and more. The mission of this event is to serve real music and art by home-grown up-and-comers spanning all arts. The show provides a safe haven to receive feedback on their work and live performance, as well as provide an opportunity to network, share and learn from fellow artists and music industry experts. Admission is free.
Show starts at 7:00pm. There are no reserve spots or pre-booking. Spotsare granted on a first come-first serve basis. The sign-up sheet is available starting at 6:30 pm and each performer/artist can perform/present up to two (2) songs/works or 10 mins (whichever is less). Visual artists can discuss their work and inspiration and/or create a visual piece in front of a live audience. All performers are welcome to bring their merchandise to sell at the event. Whether you are just starting out, are an established artist, industry expert or just an art and music enthusiast, come out to support local talent and experience the amazing creativity of Baltimore!

Stocking Making with Becky Jane Sews
7PM – 9PM
R. House
301 W 29th St, Baltimore
Sew your own stocking using vintage fabric of your choice with Becky Jane Sews. No experience needed. Tickets include all supplies, drinks & snacks. Becky Jane Harrington studied pattern making & design at Apparel and Arts in San Francisco. She designs most of her garments, or reconstructs a vintage pattern. She focuses on vintage and ethical fabric & designs, women’s and children’s wear, as well as accessories and home items.
Buy Tickets Here

Latin Night At Ikaros w/ Juan Mejia & The Latin Zone Ladies!
8PM – 12:30AM
Ikaros Restaurant
4901 Eastern Ave, Baltimore
Sentimiento Dance Co. & Rueda de Casino Baltimore present to you another great night of dancing at IKAROS!!! This Monday night, we’ll have the one and only Juan Mejia in the house teaching an awesome BACHATA class from 8-9pm! If you haven’t taken a class with Sentimiento before and you’re looking to really learn how to dance bachata, you definitely don’t wanna miss this class! After the class, DJ Brandon B will be in the house on the wheels of steel giving you the hottest mix of salsa, bachata, merengue, cha cha and a splash of Kizomba! And just when you thought the night couldn’t get any better, we’ll have Josmarly Cordero’s Latin Zone Ladies Team performing for your pleasure! So make sure that you come out to show them support and cheer them on! NO COVER CHARGE, Great drinks with Greek cuisine (kitchen closes at 10pm) free parking and only 18+ to enter! We dance and dance and dance and… well, you get the picture!

Diamondback Brewing Company Tap Takeover
6PM – 9PM

Huck’s American Craft
3728 Hudson St, Baltimore
Join us when Diamondback Brewing Company takes over our taps! Try all of their delicious beers featuring Green Machine IPA, Omar’s Oat Pale Ale, Sour Dave, Black IPA, and Azacca Blonde Ale. We will also have Diamondback Glassware to give away with your first pint!

City Hall Holiday Open house & Tree Lighting
5PM – 8PM
Baltimore City Hall
100 N. HOLLIDAY ST., Baltimore
Please Join Mayor Catherine E. Pugh for City Hall Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting. Enjoy music, light refreshments and more. Take a photo with the Mayor. Photo ID required to enter City Hall.

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Wine Tasting at Christmas Village together with Boordy Vineyards
4PM – 6PM
Christmas Village in Baltimore
501 Light St, Baltimore, Maryland
Christmas Village in Baltimore is hosting Wine Tastings in cooperation with the well-known Maryland Winery, Boordy Vineyards, every Monday and Wednesday from 4-6pm. Get a ticket online and enjoy a classy evening with fine wines, cheese and pretzel snacks. As a memento you get a take-home Boordy Vineyard wine glass, a ticket for a tasting tour at the vineyard and a season pass for the Christmas Village 2016 to come back and stroll the market for free as often as you want to.
The whole wine tasting package offers the following:
* Four wine samples
* Cheese plate and pretzel snackes
* One take-home Boordy Vineyard wine glass
* $5 credit towards a 4 bottle wine package
* One Christmas Village Holiday Pass 2016
* One ticket for a wine tour and tasting at Boordy Vineyards
* Exclusive seating within the Hofbrau Beer Garden

Tuesday, December 20

Feast of the 7 Fishes
5PM – 9PM 12/20-12/24
AGGIO Baltimore
614 Water St, Baltimore
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is part of the Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration. Christmas Eve is traditionally a fasting day, and the abundance of seafood reflects the tradition of abstinence from red meat until the actual feast of Christmas Day itself. You don’t want to miss our feast priced 4-courses $45. Call or visit our website to make reservation.

8×10 Holiday Party with special guests: Eat Yer Meat
7PM – 1:30AM
The 8×10
10 E Cross St, Baltimore
Come celebrate another fabulous year in the books with us and special guests Eat Yer Meat: Pink Floyd Tribute!!!! DOORS 7PM FREE SHOW!!!

Jimmy’s Toys For Tots Gala!
7PM – 11PM
Jimmy’s Famous Seafood
6526 Holabird Ave, Baltimore
Our biggest and grandest fundraiser of the year is back for the 8th and greatest installment! We have broken every record in state history for most toys collected, and will surely topple it again this year! Enjoy an evening of premium open bar, a gourmet consisting of the finest food in America, celebrity appearances, games, raffles, entertainment, and so much more! Tickets are only $50 each, and will benefit The Jimmy Minadakis Greater Glory Scholarship at Loyola Blakefield, which helps send young men who otherwise couldn’t afford tuition, to one of the most prestigious schools in the area. You must also bring at least one new and unwrapped toy, which will be picked up by The United States Marines, and delivered to thousands of children throughout the community!
Buy Tickets Here

Karaoke Forever: Merryoke Edition
9PM – 2AM
The Crown
1910 N Charles St, Baltimore
Last ditch effort to embrace the holiday spirit! Come you sing yer lil heart out to seasonal selections (though all songs are great, too). Ugly sweater, sparkly, and/or office attire encouraged. Sign-up starts at 9pm. FREE

Our Holiday Party
6:30PM – 9PM
Ryder’s
1901 Gough St, Baltimore
Ryder’s Butchers Hill Social The Kitchen Market. We cordially invite you to our Holiday Party! Complimentary Chef Bites/Cash Bar/All Night Drink Specials!!

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Bubbles & Oysters
6:30PM – 9:30PM
Wine Market Bistro
921 E Fort Ave, Baltimore
Join us for a decadent cocktail reception style event w 5 champagnes & 5 hand selected oysters! $39 tip included. Order online or call 410-244-6166. Cheese and crostini will be offered as well. All guests attending will recieve 15% off all wines from the tasting to take home.
Buy Tickets Here

Palm Trees In Moscow, The Red Fens, The Fake Furriers
9PM – 12AM
The Sidebar
218 E Lexington St, Baltimore
Palm Trees In Moscow: Alt-Rock https://www.facebook.com/palmtreesinmoscow
The Red Fens: http://redfens.bandcamp.com/
The Fake Furriers: https://www.facebook.com/FakeFurriers

Protean Records Holiday Idle Hour Take Over
8PM – 2AM
Idle Hour
201 E Fort Ave, Baltimore
DJ’s Craven and The Fatman will be spinning vinyl at Idle Hour on The 20th of December. We will be spinning rock, soul, metal and funk. We will also be featuring holiday music as well.

Christmas Themed Charity Bartending Competition
4PM – 2AM
El Bufalo Tequila Bar & Kitchen
2921 Odonnell St, Baltimore
I’m making a list… more like a book.. for you to read. Now be NICE, and read it so you can be NAUGHTY later and enjoy it. Get all your friends together and Wear your best, craziest Christmas outfits for CHARITY!  Help us raise $3,000 for inner city kids to buy books through celebrating a holiday themed bartending competition with RAFFLES AND CONTESTS for PRIZES, with proceeds being donated to the local charity organization BOOK OF OPPORTUNITY. ALL COSTUMES WELCOMED, RAFFLES AND CONTESTS WILL TAKE PLACE FOR THE FOLLOWING:
Ugliest Sweater Group Picture
Funniest Holiday Outfit
Best Overall Holiday Outfit
Most Facebook Likes of A Group Pic
(All rounds directly support your Bartending team of choice through point value)
We will also be doing $5 Polaroid pictures and $5 raffle tickets for Christmas gifts with
100% of all raffle proceeds, contest proceeds, and auction proceeds going DIRECTLY to support the children In need through BOOK OF OPPORTUNITY.
Yes there will be a CHARITY DATE AUCTION of Baltimore’s finest LADIES and GENTLEMEN. All ladies and gentleman up for auction TBA 1 week before competition (Tuesday December 13th). Bid for your one chance to meet her/him under the mistletoe.
Special guest bartenders will compete for $1000 to help their own holiday budgets.
Outfits encouraged! If nothing else this will be the best Christmas Party of the Year!

Tuesday Night Movie – Die Hard
8PM – 10PM
De Kleine Duivel
3602 Hickory Ave, Baltimore
Christmas Week Film starring Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman.

Trivia Night at Pinch Dumplings!
7PM – 10PM
Mount Vernon Marketplace
520 Park Ave, Baltimore
Join us for another night of TRIVIA @pinchdumplings! Eat, drink, play, win prizes!

Wednesday, December 21

City Paper’s Year In Photos Opening Party
6PM – 9PM
Area 405
405 E Oliver St, Baltimore
Come to Area 405 to celebrate the work of City Paper’s photographers at our first Year in Photos exhibit. Works from CP Photo Editor J.M. Giordano, CP Photographer/Reporter Reginald Thomas II, and CP contributors Chrissy Abbott, Amanda Bowrosen, Carde Cornish, Brendan Fieldhouse, Audrey Gatewood, Tedd Henn, Megan Lloyd, Valerie Paulsgrove, E. Brady Robinson, Josh Sisk, and Josh Sinn, will be on display. Framed and matted prints will be for sale and additional prints will be available upon request.

Spice it UP! India meets Peru on a Dinner date!
6:30PM – 9:30PM
The Verandah on the Avenue in Hampden
842 West 36th Street, Baltimore
Why not spice up Indian food even more by pairing it with Peruvian delicacies?
So we invited Marco Duenas, a self-taught artist with a passion for cooking. Originally from Peru, Marco is a longtime resident of Baltimore. He cooks to be connected to his roots and fill his soul. He is also the co-owner of La Loupe Design, specializing in wood and textile objects for the home.www.laloupedesign.com We will be serving a serving 3-course meal to highlight the striking resemblance in the two cuisines as well as their distinct individualities, highlighting the use of potatoes through the meal. BYOB if you prefer.

Holiday Karaoke with Dj Scotty Love + Ugly Sweater Contest!
7PM – 11PM
Mount Vernon Marketplace
520 Park Ave, Baltimore
DJ Scotty Love hosts a HOLIDAY KARAOKE EXTRAVAGANZA @ Mount Vernon Marketplace! Come sing and party with us as we celebrate the HOLIDAY LOVE! Dont be shy, show us what ya got! We’re ALSO hosting an Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest so wear your ugliest, craziest, quirkiest and most festive holiday get up for a chance to win some fun prizes! Stick around for our 2nd annual NOG IT OFF event where we start the season with a friendly competition for the best eggnog in THE MARKETPLACE! Competing this year… Taps Fill Station, The Local Oyster,Pinch, Cultured and Between2buns

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Winter Solstice at the Dell!
7PM – 9PM
Friends of Wyman Park Dell
3000 N Charles St, Baltimore
Bundle up and join us at the Wyman Park Dell’s Winter Solstice celebration! We’ll have hot cocoa! Hot cider! Snacks! Live music! Open fires & marshmallows! And the warmest of hugs!

Winter Solstice Celebration in Druid Hill Park
7PM – 10PM
Druid Hill Park Lake
Along the reservoir (near the Green Man sculpture and the Columbus statue)
Friends of Druid Hill Park’s Annual Winter Solstice Celebration. $5 suggested donation. The winter solstice marks the time of the year when the darkness begins to fade and the earth prepares for a new cycle of growth. Come and celebrate this important event in the calendar with the Friends of Druid Hill Park. We promise you a magical time. Join us at the Green Man Sculpture (along the Druid Hill Reservoir) for a roaring fire, free hay rides, special performance by a fire dancer, legends, and music all focused on the solstice. Create your very own “Winter Solstice Resolution,” write down a wish for the new year and burn it along with holly leaves in the blazing solstice fire. Oh – and some seasonal refreshments too! (hot chocolate and light refreshments included with $5 donation – beer/wine and additional food items will be available for purchase). Solstice Fire: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., Winter Solstice Resolution: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m., Hay Rides: 7:30 – 10:00 p.m.,Fire meditation and movement with Maura, 7:30 to 8:00 pm, Fire Dance Performance: 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Winter Solstice in Patterson Park
6PM – 8PM
Patterson Park
Baltimore, Maryland
We welcome you to a celebration of the Winter Solstice in the bull ring in Patterson Park. December 21st is the shortest day and the longest night of the year and is symbolic on so many levels. The solstice could mark the beginning of something bad — winter is when things die, it’s cold, people grow sluggish and depressed. At the root of many ancient winter solstice ceremonies is the fear that the failing light will never return unless humans intervene with anxious vigil or antic celebration. This year, more than ever, we need to insure that the light will return! We will invite the sun back into the darkness, celebrate the natural process, create warm bonds with our friends and neighbors and express gratitude for the earth, the moon and the sun.
How can you intervene with us and shine light, warmth and peace?
• Bring a candle or a lantern and send a flame of light into the new solar year.
• Join us in the healing power of song. Are you a musician or do you know a musician? Bring your instrument, bring your voice and lead us in a lively round of “We wish you a Merry Solstice!”
• Bring sprigs of Mistletoe or Holly, both believed to hold magical powers because they can survive the winter months, and share them with your neighbors.
• Bring bells and noise makers! Each celebrant will be invited to express a wish for the planet for the coming year. After each one speaks, we’ll all ring bells together in affirmation.
• Give us your ideas and we will try to incorporate them into a new tradition that brings more peace and heart into the season and brings us closer to family, friends and neighbors. We need each other.

108 Sun Salutations + Intention Setting
6:30PM – 9PM
Church + Co
1401 Light St, Baltimore, MD
Join Arrow for their annual Winter Solstice event. Gather with your community in a candle lit setting to move and manifest. Begin the evening with powerful practice of 108 sun salutations led by Dani Yarusso. Afterwards enjoy making your own intention box that will be your “Solstice Start up Kit” to help you manifest all of your dreams through out the year. Mingle while munching on vegan and plant based holiday cookies as well as a spiked hot chocolate. $45 for your ticket includes: practice, snacks, drinks, intention box.  BYOM. Winter solstice is the perfect start to your new year. Reflect on where you have been and connect to what you want to create in your life moving forward. Today is the most powerful day of the year to manifest your hearts desires. What are your goals for this next season? We will provide all of the tools to help you get clear and get started.
Buy Tickets Here

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Bayside and Hawthorne Heights acoustic!
6:30PM – 12AM
Ottobar
2549 N Howard St, Baltimore
HOLIDAY ACOUSTIC TOUR 2016. Tickets onsale FRIDAY at 10am at theottobar.com Charmington’s Cafe and Ottobar!

2-For-1 Wednesday Happy Hour
5PM – 7PM
Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
1525 Russell St, Baltimore
There’s no better way to get over Hump Day than with Buy One Get One Tacos, Margaritas, Drafts, House Wine & Well Drinks! Join our Johnny Sánchez staff on Wednesday, December 21st and experience the happy hour that everyone is raving about. Don’t let your work week get in the way of tasty cocktails and great eats!

A Holiday Celebration and Exhibition
12PM – 5PM
Watermark Gallery
100 S Charles St, Baltimore
Watermark Gallery invites you to join us with live music and refreshments on Wednesday, December 21, 12 – 5 pm.  Schroeder Cherry ● Minas Konsolas ● Maria Mendoza ● Bridget Sullivan ● Maxine Taylor  and Featured Artist: Manzar Rassouli
Watermark Gallery is on the 2nd Floor of the Bank of America Building. street parking on Charles St, Lombard St, Hanover St.

TV PARTY Happy Hour: KIDS in the HALL at The Crown
6PM – 8PM
The Crown
1910 N Charles St, Baltimore
TV PARTY Happy Hour: KIDS IN THE HALL *Screenng of select episodes of Kids In The Hall & Drink Specials* Free + HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS!
~ $3 Rail Drinks
~ $2 Boh Drafts
~ $1 Off all Beer & Wine

French Four Course Wine Dinner
7PM – 10PM
Marie Louise Bistro
904 N Charles St, Baltimore
Join us December 21st at 7PM for a four course wine dinner. We will be featuring French wines from Elite Wine Company to compliment each course! Only 15 spots available!

Michael K, Ellis Woodward & Spice – BSA Wed Showcase
8PM – 11PM
Bertha’s Mussels
734 S Broadway, Baltimore
Ellis Woodward
Michael K
Spice

Hawaiian Shirt: Paradise Party Vol.III at The Crown: BACK BAR
9PM – 2AM
The Crown
1910 N Charles St, Baltimore
HAWAIIAN SHIRT : PARADISE PARTY Vol.III Selections of Tropical, Exotica, Surf and Oodball Slow Sounds by COUCH SULLIVAN. *A Vibey Night for Lounging & Listenin’*
Leisurely Wear / Leisurely Vibes / Drink Specials  *Downstairs in Crown’s new Back Bar* 9pm – No Cover  The Crown / Crown Seoul: Back Bar.

Wine Wednesdays at Flavor
6PM – 8PM
return for a Fall Happy Hour for you and your friends. 6-8pm Food and drink specials. No cover.

OKAY Recordings Comedy Night Hosted by Michael Furr
8PM – 12AM
Joe Squared
33 W North Ave, Baltimore
Hilarious standup Comedy from local favorites…
*Ian Salyers
*Matt Brown
*Samantha Kelly
*Leelend Clayton
*Bunny Themelis
And your host  *Michael Furr

Artists Compound Meet & Greet: Create, Connect, Conquer
7PM – 10PM
Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor by Red Lion
207 E Redwood St, Baltimore
Artists Compound LLC is a team of dedicated professionals striving to assist creative souls from all genres reach their goals. Artists Compound is a central location that strives to not only assist the indiviual artists but also the community as well through our desire for community outreach. On December 21st come and join us for an artist meet and greet + gallery opening reception + cocktail hour + informative speakers and small performances such on the Living Stage.

4 Hours of Sad
8PM – 12:30AM
The Crown
1910 N Charles St, Baltimore
This event is a benefit show for The Bell Foundry, all proceeds will go to Bell. $7
DJ Station North SadBoi
Blacksage
Ghost Pop
Micah E. Wood
Owen Ross (Berlin, Germany)
Infinity Knives
Host: Butch Dawson
Come out to our event 4 hours of sad. Spend 4 hours being sad with others. There is something therapeutic about hearing other people’s pain and feeling not alone in this world. This week is end of December when Seasonal Depression is at peak. Let’s band together and get through this while having fun and partying together.

Steve Hung
9PM – 12AM
Rye Fells Point
1639 Thames St, Baltimore
Steve Hung is the latest addition to Baltimore’s music scene, with his recent transition from Austin, TX, dubbed “The Live Music Capital of the World.” He got his start at age 18, playing open mic at the legendary folk venue Cactus Café (Janis Joplin, Abra More, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen), soaking up the various sounds of Americana that permeate the Austin music scene. Steve quickly gained a reputation as “a killer guitar player” and “a Cactus favorite.”
Like other Texas musicians such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and ZZ Top, Steve fuses blues riffs and licks into his guitar playing as well as playing folk and other forms of Americana music. However, over the years, Steve has broadened his musical vocabulary to incorporate Chet Atkins-style guitarwork, Jazz chordal flavoring, and the sensitivity of Spanish/Classical guitar, something he picked up recently while living in Baltimore

Thursday, December 22

Holiday Cookies & Candies
11AM – 2PM
Schola
1005 N Charles St, Baltimore
Baking and the holidays go together! Join us as we make baking simple, fun and easy! We’ll tackle some classic cookies – the sugar cookie, linzers, lace cookies, chocolate dipped shortbreads with sea salt and the holiday favorite, rugelach. We’ll build a tower of the Italian Struffoli and decorate a few gingerbread men. For holiday candies we’ll roll rum balls and chocolate truffles, make white & dark chocolate bark and scoop pecan & bacon pralines. We’ll make lots of everything so plan on bringing some home for the holidays. $59. Buy Tickets Here

The Reindeer Romp in Baltimore at Power Plant Live!
6PM – 2AM
POWER PLANT LIVE!
34 Market Pl, Baltimore
It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year – For A Beer at the season’s favorite bar crawl. Be sure to come out with your family, friends, and co-workers for the Reindeer Romp at Power Plant Live! The night will include great drink specials and complimentary pair of antlers (or a Santa Hat!) for you to wear while you romp from bar to bar – and all in the name of charity! RSVP to let us know you are coming or purchase in advance. Enjoy $3, $4, $5 specials on beer, mixed drinks, wine, and Smirinoff Bombs!! Hang out with hundreds of new and old friends. Get there early, stay late – the event goes until 2am. Register Here

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Cupcake Decorating Class: Christmas Theme
7:30PM – 9PM
Flavor Cupcakery
10253 York Rd, Cockeysville
One of our most popular classes! Flavor Cupcakery closes their door to the public and opens for our socialites! The head pastry chef will demonstrate techniques, skills and share some tricks of the trade. You’ll then get to jump in and test your own skills. After practicing, laughing and eating a little icing each socialite will get 4 cupcakes to decorate and take home! This month Flavor will be doing a special Christmas theme with the decorations, so you’ll create Rudolph, Santa’s hat, Snowman and a Christmas tree! They are so adorable and festive. PLUS, it’s BYOB so bring along your favorite beverage to enjoy.
Buy Tickets Here 

The Heads Are Zeros// Sunners // VO/ID // Thorbin Michaels
8PM – 11PM
Reverb
2112 N Charles St, Baltimore
Four bands, one crown. Which one will be America’s Next Top Model? $8 at the door. Doors at 8.
BANDS:
The Heads Are Zeros (The Loudest Band Ever; MD): https://theheadsarezeros.bandcamp.com/
VO/ID (No, Not The Dischord Band; DC): https://novoiddc.bandcamp.com/
Sunners (Teenage Heartthrobs; MD): https://sunners.bandcamp.com/releases
Thorbin Michaels (Solo Noise; VA)

Tom Malenski Memorial Celebration & Family Benefit Event!
7PM – 1AM
Ottobar
2549 N Howard St, Baltimore
Come help us celebrate & remember the life of our friend, family member, & fellow employee Tom Malenski! And, once again, all of the proceeds from the event will go to help his family members. Live music from Gateway To Hell, Destroyer of Man, Syringe, Jazz Taco,HOLY FINGERS, PLRLS. Raffles, prizes, drink specials, & more!!!

Union Old Pro Invitational
5PM – 8PM
World of Beer – Baltimore
1724 Whetstone Way, Baltimore
Come out and help us support Special Olympics Maryland at our Old Pro Putt Putt Invitational sponsored by UNION Craft Brewing. We are transforming our heated patio into a wacky putt putt course. Entry fee is $5 per golfer which all goes to Special Olympics Maryland with the winner receiving a growler of any union beer on draft to take home! So come out and put your putt putt skills to the test while enjoying some great beer brewed right here in Baltimore!!!

DEADcember: A Very Jerry Christmas [Night 1]
9PM – 1:30AM
The 8×10
10 E Cross St, Baltimore
Join us for Night 1 of A Very Jerry Christmas with Cris Jacobs and Friends!!!
Buy Tickets Here

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party/Food Drive
8PM – 2AM
Southern Provisions
3000 O’Donnell Street, Baltimore
Southern Provisions is throwing an ugly christmas sweater food drive shindig! We have live music provided by Honey Extractor and 3 Olive bomb specials all night! If you bring non-perishable items you will recieve a raffle ticket to win one of 3 prizes. Something from Red Bull, 3 Olives, or the big prize of the night $100 off your drink tab on Southern Provisions. Help us help someone else this holiday season and come down to SoPro!

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Holiday Haunted Pub Tour
7PM – 9:30PM
Baltimore Ghost Tours
Sidewalk Outside of Max’S Sidebar, 731 S Broadway, Baltimore
Join the Ghost of Christmas Present for a spirited holiday pub walk. Cliff Long, an anthropologist, historian, actor, musician and lover of good stories, portrays Charles Dickens’ timeless ghost on a haunting voyage through Fell’s Point. This tour will last 2.5 hours and visit 3-4 pubs. 21 and older only.

Weisenbock Tapping Party
6PM – 10PM
Gordon Biersch Baltimore
1000 Lancaster St, Baltimore
Just in time for the holidays, our much-loved Weisenbock is back after a two-year absence! This beer is similar to our Hefeweisen, but richer, darker and smoother. As always, we’ll be supporting a local charity with proceeds from our Wooden Keg!

Holiday Happy Hour
6PM – 8PM
BIN 604 Wine Sellers
604 S Exeter St, Baltimore
Need some last minute gift ideas? Don’t know what to pour at your holiday dinner? Join us at the tasting bar to try a few of our favorites.

Boister Annual Solstice Concert
7:30PM – 9PM
An die Musik
409 N Charles St, Baltimore
Annie Watts, accordion, piano, vocals
Chas Marsh, bass
Craig Considine, trombone, vocals
Lyle Kissack, drums, vocals
Warren Boes, guitar
Jim Hannah, drums, percussion
Glenn Workman, keyboards
John Dierker, bass clarinet, saxes
Lawrence Bertoldi, sound production
Baltimore’s own Boister returns for its annual Solstice concert. Baltimore City Paper describes the group as “devastating [and] refreshingly radical,” and awarded Watts Best Pop Composer in 2014. The band’s new album, Cast A Net, was recorded down the street at Magpie Studios and is enjoying airplay in Europe and on the West Coast. For their appearance at An Die Musik, frontwoman Anne Watts and the band will be cooking up boisterous spins on holiday favorites from Eartha Kitt to Ray Conniff. Expect Christmas cookies and Boister’s back catalogue offered up in the spirit of peace and good times. Tickets: $17 in advance/$20 at door/$10 full-time students with ID

ArtsCentric’s “Sincerely, Holidays!”
7:30PM – ?
The Motor House
120 W North Ave, Baltimore
Sincerely, Holidays is an infusion of two original ArtsCentric shows, “Sincerely, Me” and “Sincerely, MeN!” Performed by a cast of six women, “Sincerely Me…Our Lives, Our Songs, Our Stories”, celebrates the music of African-American women and it’s place in the evolution of culture. The show is laced throughout with the testimonials of real women whose lives were narrated and touched by this music. Likewise, “Sincerely, MeN!” is a musical revue celebrating African-American male artists from the 50s to the 90s. With “Sincerely Holidays” both cast join together, in this new ArtsCentric original, to spread the joy of the holiday season. From spirituals to contemporary Gospel and everything in between you can expect rousing groups numbers, charming duets, soulful solos, and even a little friendly competition.

Mettā 6 Holiday Party w/ DJ WHO, Plaeground, Mindfeed, UllNevaNo
9PM – 2AM
The Rockwell
702 S Broadway, Baltimore
PRISM & Bunk Buddha Present Mettā 6: Holiday Edition falls on the Winter Soltice this year! We Invite You to an Intimate Festive Gathering intended to Unify and Celebrate the Season and Each Other. Mettā is the perfect place to connect over not only our similarities but also our differences. The Holiday Season means more than words to many different cultures, in many different ways, and despite all of the differences we highlight between people and traditions, We are All Part of the Same Humanity. Love and Appreciate yourself, your peers and your surroundings. Let us all collectively create a wonderful experience. 🙂
PLEASE READ: This is a Donation Based Event. 100% of All Donations will go Directly to The #SaveADopeBoy Foundation (www.saveadopeboy.com). We are asking that you please try to donate whatever you can ($1, $2, $5, $10, $20 etc). No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. If you cant afford to donate anything please don’t worry or hesitate, you are still invited to join us!! This is Also a Winter Clothing Drive, so any Clothes or Blankets you can gather would be Appreciated!!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!
DJ WHO (Outlier Sound System)  https://www.facebook.com/theedjwho
plaeground https://www.facebook.com/plaeground
Mindfeed w/ Kim Gravatt https://www.facebook.com/djmindfeed
ULLNEVANO https://soundcloud.com/ullnevano
DANNY BALTIMORE https://www.facebook.com/DJDannybaltimore

Mayhem Holiday Party: Remedy Within Ruins, Red Valley Nursery
7PM – 12AM
Angels Rock Bar Baltimore
10 Market Pl, Baltimore
MD’s Rock Party goes out with a bang in 2016!
Remedy Within Ruins (Album Release!)
Red Valley Nursery
We Love The Underground
Changeover
FREE TACOS Social Hour 7-8pm, 8pm Show, $10, 21+
Hosted by Kevin Hock & Belligerent Santa DJed by Matt Davis
Holiday Drink Specials, MD Music Gift Exchange!

Simone Baron & Loucas Asbly
9PM – 12AM
Rye Fells Point
1639 Thames St, Baltimore
Known for her fiery and charismatic presence, Simone Baron’s innovative programming spanning her own works as well as the traditional and modern repertoire have led her to perform internationally throughout Europe, Israel and North America, appearing as a soloist and chamber musician in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall (New York), Targ Hall (Jerusalem), Centro Pitigaliani (Rome), and Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, Hirshhorn Museum, and Wolf Trap.
In frequent demand as a classical, jazz and world music pianist, accordionist, conductor, arranger and composer locally and internationally, her unique voice and re-imagination of the accordion’s possibilities has opened the door to many intra-genre collaborations with dancers, actors, puppeteers, visual and performance artists. Recently an artist in residence at the Banff Arts Centre and a composer in residence at the Eugene O Neill Theatre Centre, she is currently a 2016-2017 Artist in Residence at the Strathmore Arts Center in Bethesda, MD.

Comedy Night! FREE!
8:15PM – 9:30PM
The Basement at Ryleigh’s in Mt Vernon
1225 Cathedral Street, Baltimore
Thursday’s in The Basement = Baltimore’s BEST stand-up comedy show! Every week we feature the best comedians from the DMV area and beyond! Come early for dinner…stay for the show! $1 oysters! Beer and wine specials! Full food & cocktail menus also available!
This week’s line-up: Headliner: Sean Gabbert w/ Matt Baetz, Pierre Bennu, Samantha Kelly, & Joya Diaz. Hosted by Mike Quindlen

Friday, December 23

Barrel Aged St. Festivus Wknd
4PM – ?
The Brewer’s Art
1106 N Charles St, Baltimore
We’re kicking off Christmas weekend by tapping some Barrel Aged St. Festivus!
Friday 12/23 at 4pm we’ll have St. Festivus that has been aged in a Buffalo Trace Barrel on draft!!
Then for Christmas Eve Christmas Eve Saturday 12/24, we’re pairing the Barrel Aged St. Festivus w/ 10yr Pappy Van Winkle!!!
Swing by with your friends & family and enjoy the crackling fire, bourbony Festivus, and delicious food!

Camp Adventure
8PM – 10PM
Zissimos Bar
1023 W 36th St, Baltimore
Acts: Silversmith, Thankzgiving 2007, Scrapple, Glitterati, Devin Greene. Host: Devin Greene
We’re thrilled to present Camp Adventure, a night for the wild ones! We’ll showcase some of the most exciting acts we can get in this monthly show. We’re kicking it off with standup from host Devin Greene, then we’ll dive into the improv with Bmore indie troupes Glitterati and Scrapple. After the break, we’ll follow the trail of DC’s Thankzgiving 2007…and finally, we’ll go over the falls with house team Silversmith!
Tickets: $5 cash at the door, or online up until 7:30 PM the day of the show.
Presented upstairs at Zissimos Bar by Charm City Comedy Project.

Sidebar Holiday Party
3PM – 1AM
The Sidebar
218 E Lexington St, Baltimore
There will be food and drinks and karaoke and Michael Mack, I mean what more do you need. You know the deal.

A Very Jerry Christmas [Night 2]
9PM – 1:30AM
The 8×10
10 E Cross St, Baltimore
Night 2: A Very Jerry Christmas with Cris Jacobs and Friends!!!!

The show of the frickin century! with Special Guest RAD SANTA
8PM – 12AM
The Windup Space
12 W North Ave, Baltimore
8:30 Midwest Exposure
9:15 St James and the Apostles
10:00 Saddle of the Centaur
10:45 Stars and the Sea
11:40 Lazlo Lee and The Motherless Children
$10 cover….

Livengood Project At Club Reverb
8PM – 2AM
Club Reverb
2112 N Charles St, Baltimore
Doors open at 8:00PM. $7 admission. Music starts at 9:00PM with an acoustic opening performance by Baltimore recording artist, Will Simms. Next, the debut of Livengood Project, featuring Frank Mitchell of DC’s Three Man Soul Machine on saxophone, Chris Dopkin on bass guitar, Jeff Gardner on Drums and Rich Livengood on guitar and vocals. There may even be a special, surprise guest performance or two!

LIP, NAG (ATL), Weapon Man & Cold Feet:: 12/23 at Downsquares
9PM – 1AM
Downsquares
33 W. North Ave, Baltimore
Unregistered Nurse Booking presents…
LIP
NAG (Atlanta)
Weapon Man
Cold Feet

Holiday Opera !
7PM – 9PM
Our House
1121 Hull St, Baltimore
If you haven’t enjoyed an eveneing of Opera & Pizza yet please give yourself a Christmas Gift at Our House!

It’s Last Call at the Taken Holiday Shop!
3PM – 9PM
Strand Theater Company
5426 Harford Rd, Baltimore
It’s the LAST CALL at our Taken Holiday Shop at the Strand Theater! Join us as we close out the season with a mini pop up shop from FuzzyMug and happy hour beverages with the Strand Theater Company. To make it a full evening, we’ve partnered with Silver Queen Cafe to give all Taken customers 20% off their meal! So mark your calendars and let’s wrap up the shop together!

Grand Central’s Ugly Sweater Contest
9PM – 2AM
Grand Central Nightclub
1001 N Charles St, Baltimore
It’s Grand Central’s Annual Ugly Sweater Party! Dress in your ugliest holiday sweater for a chance to win $100, with prizes for the top 3 contestants!! We bring you drink specials & dancing all night long with a special tag team set by DJ Sidekick & vodkatrina!

Festivus Celebration at Boiler Room
8PM – 11PM
Boiler Room Baltimore
27 E Cross St, Baltimore
Attention all Seinfeld fans: This Friday we present A Festivus celebration at Boiler Room. $2 Boh drafts, special cocktail and beer + shot menu, Natty Boh Giveaways, Seinfeld themed pot luck (e-mail cortland@boilerroombaltimore.com with what dish you would like to bring). You bring a pot luck dish, you get two free drink tickets and enter to win in some awesome giveaways. Airing of Grievances will occur so bring all the family and friends you can. Party starts at 8 PM.

Saturday, December 24

Italian Christmas Eve. Feast of the Seven Fishes
4PM – 8:30PM
Donna’s Cross Keys
40 Village Sq, Baltimore
5 course dinner, $55 per person. Call 410-532-6711 to reserve now, or go to donas.com.

A Seriously Sicilian Christmas
4PM – 9PM
Cosima
3000 Falls Rd, Baltimore
Join us on Christmas Eve to celebrate the evening with a unique Sicilian meal beyond the traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes (although there will be seafood!). Make your reservations now by calling 443.708.7352 or clicking here: http://bit.ly/2hknpgH.
$75 per person. Buon Natale!

Feast of the Seven Fishes
5PM – 10PM
Birroteca
1520 Clipper Road, Baltimore
The Feast of the Seven Fishes is part of the Italian-American Christmas Eve celebration, although it’s not called by this name in Italy and is not a “feast” in the stricter sense of “holiday,” but a grand meal. Strictly speaking, Christmas Eve is a vigil or fasting day, and the abundance of seafood reflects the tradition of abstinence from red meat until the actual feast of Christmas Day itself. We are doing The Feast of Seven Fishes here at Birroteca Baltimore for the first time this year, and we would love all of you to join us in the celebration of everything seafood! We will be serving in addition to our regular menu a prefixed menu of seven seafood courses for $45 per person. Make your reservations on OpenTable.

Feast of The Seven Fishes
5PM – 8PM
Gnocco
3734 Fleet Street, Baltimore
In keeping with Italian tradition, Gnocco is very excited to announce its first ever Feast of The Seven Fishes on December 24th, featuring five beautiful seafood courses. Wine will be available for purchase a la carte! Bring your family and start a wonderful new Christmas Eve tradition! $69/pp, including both tax and gratuity
MENU
Crispy Fried Eel – lemon, salsa verde
Seafood Salad – poached shrimp, scallops & octopus with preserved lemon, sea urchin aioli and baby arugula
Salt Cod Ravioli – tomato, currants, pine nuts and olives (family style)
Squid Ink Gnocchi – tomato braised calamari, spicy breadcrumbs and mint (family style)
Whole Grilled Dorado – roasted endive and blood orange salad (per 2 at table)

Milk & Cookies
6PM – 9PM
The Chasseur
3328 Foster Ave, Baltimore
Santa’s not the only one deserving of milk & cookies this holiday season! Reward yourself on Christmas Eve with a pint of Firestone Walker Brewing Co.‘s Merlin Milk Stout on Nitro and receive a Brown Butter Cookie Company treat on us!

Selfless Christmas Eve
10:30AM – 2:30PM
421 Fallsway, Baltimore
Join Generosity Global and our army of selfless volunteers for the 6th annual Selfless Christmas Eve event. Spreading Christmas cheer to our brothers and sisters who are experiencing homelessness. We will be serving food, providing haircuts, distributing clothes / hygiene products, singing, dancing and simply having a fun time. We encourage you to bring the entire family. Nothing like experiencing Selfless Christmas Eve in person.

Restaurants with Christmas Eve Specials!

Sunday, December 25

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Restaurants with Christmas Day Specials!

Enjoy!

– Lindsey

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