The Frank Zappa statue is a gift to Baltimore City by Saulius Paukstys and Saulius Pilinkus of the Lithuanian nonprofit organization Public Establishment ZAPPART. The sculpture is a replica of artwork in Vilnius, Lithuania by artist Konstantinas Bogdanas. The gift and location were approved by the Baltimore City Public Art Commission.
Legendary musician and composer Frank Zappa was born in Baltimore in 1940 and passed away in 1993. He was one of the most innovative musicians and songwriters of the 20th century with a career spanning 30 years.
The weekend's schedule:
Saturday, September 18
10 a.m. - Exhibit opening of "Zappa's Baltimore: Rebels and Iconoclasts in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave", a rare look at pieces from the Pratt Library's vault and Special Collections Department, chronicling music, art, and free speech in Baltimore
1 p.m. - Screening of Frank Zappa's Baby Snakes
Sunday, September 19
11 a.m. - A Talk with Gail Zappa at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson (doors open at 10 a.m.)
Noon - Pre-concert featuring Arbouretum
2 p.m. - Sculpture dedication with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Gail Zappa
3 p.m. - Zappa Plays Zappa concert featuring Dweezil Zappa
6 p.m. - Doors open for Zappa Highlandtown Arts District After Party at the Creative Alliance at The Patterson
**Parking & Shuttle Information for Sunday's events.
Pictured, from top: Zappa statue in Lithuania, Arbouretum, and Dweezil Zappa.