10 Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: Block-abration; AirPower History Tour; Balticon; BROS Shadow Showdown

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Baltimore Rock Opera Society will present short musicals featuring shadow puppetry, running May 28-June 6. Image courtesy of Baltimore Rock Opera Society.

It’s Memorial Day weekend, leaving time to stretch out and explore the city. Luckily, a few in-person events are in store, with the Baltimore Rock Opera Society returning to live performance, and even a downtown happy hour. There’s even a chance to take a plane ride. On the virtual circuit, check out the region’s science fiction and fantasy convention,  or local music. Enjoy.

Balticon 55: Mat 28-31, virtual. Maryland’s science fiction and fantasy convention has gaming, an art show, a film festival and panels with very special guests all weekend. Meet the creators on multiple platforms, from Zoom to Second Life.

BROS Shadow Showdown: May 28-30 at The Meadow (Lexington St. and Park Ave.). The Baltimore Rock Opera Society returns with original live performances. The program features three short productions, all of which will use shadow puppetry: “Circa Rebus,” “The Legend of Demon Sperm” and “Robots.”

Morgan State University: National Treasure and Model for Preservation: 1 p.m. on Friday, May 28, virtual. The Virtual Histories series from the the Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage heads to Morgan State. On its five-year anniversary of being designated as a National Treasure, Dale Glenwood Green discusses preservation efforts.

Block-abration 2021: 3-8 p.m. on Friday, May 28, at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. Friday happy hour is back downtown. With the Baltimore Orioles out of town in Chicago, this event pulls together members of the hospitality industry and downtown business community on the 1.3-mile Charm’tastic Mile corridor. Expect tunes from the 70s-90s, drinks and light food.

Summer Sounds REMIX: 6 p.m. on Friday, May 28, at Belvedere Square. The summer music series in North Baltimore returns, with courtyard seating and a live broadcast over Facebook. This week’s musical guest is Shine Delphi.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Pop Up: May 29-30 at Whitehall Market. The May pop-up event closes out with AAPI vendors including Kaliana DesignPRESS PRESSholsol studioToki Tako BanchanMotobusPerri faeEjji Ramen.

Stream Side Bike Ride and Cleanup: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, May 29, at Herring Run Park. Take a ride along the Herring Run trail, then help beautify it with a cleanup sponsored by the Parks and People Foundation, and Baltimore City Rec and Parks.

Dan Wallace/Jake Kohlhas Ensemble: 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 30 at An Die Musik LIVE. The virtual session features new music from two of the leaders of Baltimore soul/hip-hop band J. Pope and the Hearnow. Limited in-person seating and virtual options are available.

AirPower History Tour: May 31-June 2 at Martin State Airport. Take a tour of historic WWII aircraft for Memorial Day, as a national tour comes to Baltimore County. Aircraft includes a B-29 bomber, P-51 Mustang Gunfighter and T-6 Texan and Boeing Stearman. Along with cockpit tours, attendees can book a plane ride.

Tuesday Tunes: Strykers Posse: 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1. The Enoch Pratt Free Library is kicking off American Heritage Month and Black Music Month with the queens of Baltimore reggae.

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