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March 2012 Events in Baltimore

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March is an exciting month in Baltimore, when the circus and The Addams Family will be in town. There are plenty of other events, including art openings and concerts, to make this month one to remember.

1. Boyz II Men

March 2, 8 p.m.
Boyz II Men, one of the most successful R&B groups of all time, will perform at Rams Head Live. General admission tickets to see the band that was made famous with hits including "I'll Make Love to You" and "End of the Road" are available for $148.

2. Kelley Bell: Eureka! Heavy Light Machinery

On view March 3-31
Kelley Bell, a full-time faculty member at University of Maryland Baltimore County, creates animated "machines" that meditate on topics including urban gentrification, consumerism, and rock and roll. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson will host an exhibition of her works, which includes video, sculpture, and more.

3. Polkats Reunion & Dance Party

March 2, 8 p.m.
The Creative Alliance at the Patterson is bringing The Polkats, once dubbed the "Best Unsigned Band in America" by Musician Magazine, back together for a dance party. Known in an around Baltimore for their mix of polka, country, Tejano and Zydeco music, The Polkats disbanded in 1995. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $7 for members.

4. Women of the World Festival Concert

March 2 - March 4
Presented by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Women of the World (WOW) is a new, 3-day festival celebrating women that takes place at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The festival will include round tables, discussions, film screenings, presentations, panels, and more. The event culminates in a concert featuring Mary Chapin Carpenter, a singer/songwriter who has five Grammy Awards under her belt. Female-operated food trucks will be on site during lunch on Friday and Saturday.

5. The Addams Family

March 6-18, various times
The Broadway hit featuring America's favorite kooky family will come to the Hippodrome Theatre stage this March. Based on The Addams Family characters created by Charles Addams, the musical's plot surrounds Wednesday Addams, who--to the shock and dismay of her parents--has fallen in love with a "normal" boyfriend.

6. Charm City Roller Girls Bout

March 10, 5:30 (doors) 6:30 (first bout) Baltimore's Charm City Roller Girls, the city's only all-female flat track roller derby league, will face off at Du Burns Arena. First the Night Terrors will take on the Speed Regime and later the Mobtown Mods will face off against the Junkyard Dolls. Tickets are $12 if you buy them advance through Mission Tix or $15 at the door. Kids 12 and under can get in for $5.

7. Make/Shift

Through March 10
Cuban-born local artist Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez will display work at the Open Space Gallery (2720 Sisson St.). The exhibition will include digital renderings, videos, paintings, and sculptures.

8. Bezalel on Tour

Maryland Institute College of Art.
Through March 18
Reception: March 1, 5-9 p.m.
The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem has curated an exhibition of the best student work to come out of the college in recent years. The first stop for the exhibition is the Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center (1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.), where a reception will take place on March 1 that includes a film screening of student animations from 7-9 p.m. The diverse exhibition includes works of photography, ceramics and glass design, industrial design, jewelry and fashion design, screen based arts, fine arts, and more.

9. St. Patrick's Day

Baltimore really knows how to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. This year, festivities include pub crawls, a parade, music performances, and more. Here's a full listing of events that lead up to St. Patrick's Day.

10. Gabriel Iglesias

March 18, 7 p.m.
Funny man Gabriel Iglesias will perform standup at the Lyric Opera House on March 18. Known for his shows "I'm Not Fat... I'm Fluffy" and "Hot & Fluffy," Iglesias is known for employing voice and sound effects in his act.

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