Science-y Music-y Stuff

How's that for a title? I've been on the lookout for good activities. Not just fun stuff. Fun is good. Fun is great. But I'd like to throw in a few educational things too. Here are a few recent submissions that might just fit the bill.

WHEN: January 14-16, 2011 (see show times below)

WHERE: The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, or Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore

Icarus at the Edge of Time – The World Science Festival has partnered with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to present the family-friendly orchestral work and accompanying film "Icarus at the Edge of Time" based on the book by noted physicist Brian Greene. The program also includes music from "Star Wars." The BSO will present three concerts in the DC area - an evening performance at The Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda on Saturday, January 15 @ 8 pm, and an evening performance and matinee in Baltimore on January 14th @ 8 pm and January 16th @ 3 pm at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Children 6-18 are half price for non-premium seating!

Physicist and author Brian Greene will be on hand to introduce the piece at each performance.

Towson University's Saturday Morning Science covers everything from rainforests to fireworks to space travel. Presentations are (most) Saturdays at 10:00 and noon. No reservations are required. All ages are welcome. FREE!

WHEN: Monday, January 17, 2011

WHERE: American Visionary Arts Museum

AVAM Celebrates MLK, JR. Day A celebration in honor of the life and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries in recent history. Join us for guided tours, birthday cake, special performances by Abu the Flutemaker and Batala (all female percussion ensemble) & other fun stuff (like AVAM's popular Shrinky Dink Bar!) at a FREE day at the museum! Museum is open 10AM-6PM. A special invitation extended to educators and all the wonderful people who help to empower the next generation! Teachers, come pick up our educational materials and discover the opportunities available for you and your students.

MLK DAY SCHEDULE:

11:00am – 3:00pm: DIY "I Have a Dream" Shrinky Dink pins and magnets in the AVAM's classroom

12:00pm: Happy Birthday MLK cake cutting

1:00pm: Abu the Flutemaker performs

3:00pm: Batala Washington - All women's Brazilian percussion band performs

No advance registration required, Museum is FREE & OPEN to the public, 10am – 6pm! For questions, call the museum at (410) 244-1900.

Photo by: Patrick Kolts

WHEN: Sunday, February 13, 2011

WHERE: Gordon Center

SteveSongs at Gordon Center. Ages 2 - 10.  3PM.  Come sing and dance along with SteveSongs, a.k.a. "Mr. Steve," cohost of the PBS KIDS preschool destination.  Shows will include award-winning favorites as well as songs from the band's upcoming album.  Gordon Center, 3506 Gwynnbrook Avenue, Owings Mills, MD, 410.356.SHOW.