We read a lot about the problems of cities these days, and Baltimore certainly has more than its fair share. But for all its difficulties, there’s a uniquely rich bounty of cultural treasures in and around – mostly in – Baltimore that give substance to our reputation as “Charm City.”
For starters, consider Artscape, the African American Heritage Festival, the BSO, the crazy-vibrant theatre scene and seemingly thousands of other entertainment options. Look beyond the big venues though, and you’re likely to find an ever-changing variety of the weird and the offbeat.
Take the “Alley Aerial Festival,” for instance, held at Load of Fun in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District a few weeks ago, just off the route #11 Local Bus.
This annual “storytelling through acrobatics” event (this was the third since 2009) is the brainchild of Mara Neimanis, who founded the In-Flight Theatre company after acrobatic stints in San Francisco and Toronto. At one point during the show, she allowed as how she could think of no other city in the nation with an acrobatics festival like Baltimore’s. Sure, there’s Montreal’s Cirque du Soleil, but that truly is a circus, not an intimate evening with remarkable athletes. And besides, that’s Canada’s treasure, not ours.
MTA is proud to connect Baltimore area hipsters with all our little corner of the world has to offer. Of course, not all of our routes can take you to as many cultural riches as the #11 bus. But whether you catch an inexpensive ride using Local Bus, Light Rail or Metro Subway, you’re likely to find that each mode will get you pretty close to one enriching cultural experience or another. We hope you’ll consider taking MTA whenever you’re headed out for fun.