As warmer seasons return, exciting shows and events spring up at local theaters. From musical plays to rowdy comedians to artistic works of film, there is something for everyone coming soon to Baltimore.

The Merchant of Venice
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Oliver’s Carriage House
5410 Leaf Treader Way
Columbia, Md. 21043
(410) 313-8874

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Price: Adults $36, Students (age 14-25) $15, Seniors $29
Hours: March 19 to March 24, 2012, See showtimes

Maryland’s best place to watch performances in classical theater is the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in Columbia. This spring, Shakespeare’s classic comes to life as Portia and Bassanio’s romance is dampened when their friend, the merchant Antonio, defaults on a loan to Shylock who then demands a pound of flesh as payment.

The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center (a.k.a. the Hippodrome)
12 North Eutaw St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 837-7400

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Broadway Across America comes to Baltimore with the following shows:

Price: $45-65 varies by seating.
Hours: April 3 to April 8, 2012, See showtimes

“Memphis” is a Tony Award winning show set in Memphis, Tenn. during the 1950s. A white radio DJ with aspirations of bringing rock ‘n’ roll to the air waves falls in love with a black club singer with the voice to make his dream a reality.

Mary Poppins
Price: $45-65 varies by seating.
Hours: April 25 to May 6, 2012, See showtimes

Based on the classic Disney film, a magical nanny flies in on an umbrella to care for the Banks children and show their father what he is missing out on. Re-live the time-honored tale live on stage.

Mamma Mia! 
Price: Starting at $34.75 varies by seating.
Hours: June 15 to June 17, 2012, See showtimes

The music of ABBA is blended into the story of a soon-to-be bride who invites three of her mother’s former lovers to her wedding in order to determine which one is her father. This fun musical will have you dancing in your seat.

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall 
Home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
1212 Cathedral St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 783-8000

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David Sedaris
Price: $45-60 varies by seating.
Hours: April 12, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

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David Sedaris is a comedian and author known for his humorous commentary and reflections on his own life. Sedaris’ comedy shines both in live performances and his written works such as “Me Talk Pretty One Day” and “Holidays on Ice.”

Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
Price: $72
Hours: April 14, 2012 at 8 p.m.

Fiddler Krauss and guitarist Douglas, both with hands in the “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” soundtrack, will sing their popular country and folk tunes.

Ron White: Moral Compass Tour
Price: $49.75-$59.75 varies by seating.
Hours: April 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

A mature audience is required for this cigar smoking, scotch drinking, bad boy comedian who often refers to himself as “Tater Salad.”

Diana Krall
Price: $73-$93 varies by seating.
Hours: June 19, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Krall’s sultry voice, coupled with her skills as a pianist, set the tone for her jazz and blues concert this June.

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14th Annual Maryland Film Festival
The Charles Theater

1711 North Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 727-3456

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Price: TBA
Hours: May 3 to May 6, 2012

May brings with it the much anticipated Maryland Film Festival. The annual, four-day event returns with a variety of films, many presented by the filmmakers themselves, allowing for diverse works to be shown to a substantial audience. Further details about 2012’s festival will be coming soon, so keep checking back to the website.

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(credit: Pam Goldberg Smith)

Pam Smith graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English and a passion for writing. Her adaptive nature led her to work in the scientific, energy supply, and business industries while writing on a multitude of topics for various online media. Pam currently resides in Baltimore County. Her work can be found at

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