The George Peabody and Arthur Friedheim libraries, and
the Peabody Institute, are featured
stops during the Baltimore Book Festival, which will be
held in Mount Vernon Square this weekend,
Sept. 26 to 28. There are four ways to enjoy these parts of
Libraries of Mount Vernon, Saturday at 11 a.m.
and 1 p.m. This walking tour of five
cultural and arts libraries in the Mount Vernon Cultural
District begins at the George Peabody Library,
17 E. Mount Vernon Place, and moves next to the Peabody
Institute's Arthur Friedheim Library, which
dates from the school's founding in 1857. For more
information, stop by the Mount Vernon Cultural
District tent near the Washington Monument. (George Peabody
Library and Gallery hours during the
festival are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5
p.m. on Sunday.)
Literary Walking Tour of Mount Vernon, Saturday
and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. Visit the
haunts of Mount Vernon literary luminaries — the
enigmatic Edgar Allan Poe, the curmudgeonly H.L.
Mencken, hip-hop star Tupac Shakur and more — as you
follow a lively map created for the tour by
caricaturist Tom Chalkey of Homewood Art Workshops. Tours
will gather at the George Peabody
Library 15 minutes prior to the start.
Sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, guided
tours are open for the first 30 guests;
others can take self-guided tours. Visit the Maryland
Humanities Council tent for more information.
Avant-garde, New and Contemporary Music at the
George Peabody Library, Friday at 7
p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Peabody graduate students Kyle
Bennett and James Lowe are the featured
performers in free concerts at the George Peabody Library.
Bennett is studying computer music with
Geoffrey Wright, and Lowe is studying guitar with Julian
The two will be joined by musicians from the
Ligetisplit Ensemble, a group they founded this
year that is dedicated to the pursuit of the avant-garde.
The concerts will include a mixture of
acoustical and amplified instruments and electronic media.
The program features a work by Gyorge
Ligeti for 100 metronomes and a John Cage work for 12
radios. Works by Paul Hindemith, Andrew
Imbrie, Elliott Carter, and Bennett and Lowe will also be
featured. For more information, call the
Peabody Library Events office at 410-659-8197.
Peabody Institute tours, Saturday at 1 and 3
p.m. Visitors can go behind the scenes at
the Peabody Institute to experience the school's impressive
architecture, learn about its 150-year
history and get a sense of student life at a prestigious
conservatory. The 1 p.m. tour will be led by
Jeffrey Sharkey, Peabody director, and the 3 p.m. tour by
Mellasenah Morris, dean of the
The maximum number of participants is 20. Sign up at
the Mount Vernon Cultural District booth
and meet in Peabody's Rouse Visitors Center, 17 E. Mount