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July 2013

Worth the Trip to Artscape • free

America’s largest free arts festival, the 32-year-old Baltimore Artscape, attracts over 350,000 art lovers to see local art, theater, opera, fashion, film and American music. Performers step on multiple stages to offer music from pop to opera to local bands. Explore the festival’s DIY craft exhibitors. Families find hands-on projects and workshops teaching basic art techniques at the Target Make It center. Gamers delight at Gamescape, an exhibit of the creativity behind videogame design.

BCT’s Tale of the Allergist’s Wife

Marjorie Taub’s perfect Upper West Side life — filled with a marriage to a successful doctor, high-profile parties at the Met and performances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music — is shaken when a childhood friend reappears. Bowie Community Theatre’s production of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife plays thru July 27. Read Jane Elkin’s review in this week’s paper. FSa 8pm; Su 2pm at Bowie Playhouse, White Marsh Park, Bowie.

KIDS Campfire

Discover nighttime peeps, squeaks, whistles, hoots and shrieks, then roast s’mores over a campfire. 8-9pm at Battle Creek Cypress Swamp Sanctuary, Prince Frederick. $5 w/discounts; rsvp: 410-535-5327; 

333 Coffeehouse

333 Coffeehouse is Annapolis’ monthly listening space for folk and acoustic music. This month, Sligo Creek Stompers play Appalachian, New Orleans-style jazz, Irish fiddle tunes, honkytonk and Gypsy swing. 7:30pm at Annapolis Friends Meeting House, 351 DuBois Rd., Annapolis. $10 w/discounts: 443-333-9613; 

Annapolis Concert • free

Hear The Golden Road recreate Grateful Dead songs. 7-8:30pm at Annapolis Towne Center, Parole: 410-559-2507;

Campfire on the Beach • free

North Beach heats up summer with a campfire for roasting marshmallows and telling children’s stories. 7pm at Fifth St. and Bay Ave., on the Boardwalk, North Beach: 301-855-6681;

Art Blooms Gala Reception

Be the first to see how floral artists interpret Annmarie’s art exhibits, Elements in Balance: Earth, Air, Fire, Water and TEXT/MESSAGE, a teen exhibit. Meet the artists and enjoy live music, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and dancing at the Art Blooms Gala Reception benefitting Annmarie’s artLAB. Dress in festive summer attire.

Almost 7:30 Democratic Breakfast

Hear Terry Kokolis on the Anne Arundel County detention center. 7:30-8:45am at Eastport Democratic Club, Chester Ave. and State St., Annapolis. $6: 410-263-2022.

Talent Machine’s Once On This Island

Young actors sing and dance in the Talent Machine’s Once On This Island, a contemporary Caribbean-flavored musical adaptation of The Little Mermaid. FSa 7:30pm; Su 2pm & 6:30pm at St. John’s College, Key Auditorium. $12; rsvp: 410-956-0512; 

Last Weekend to See[title of show]

“Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre [title of the show] travels in 90 minutes from a simple theater story to a universal longing. That’s the goal of good theater and this show delivers that — and good music, too,” writes Bay Weekly reviewer Davina Grace Hill about a show following two aspiring writers who create and produce an original show in three weeks. Playing thru July 20. Th-Sa8:30pm at Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre, 143 Compromise St.