10 Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: Maryland Film Festival, Charles Street Promenade, Brigance Brigade Race

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al fresco on Charles Street.

It’s a big spring weekend in Baltimore, with the Maryland Film Festival continuing for a full week of programming, the Charles Street Promenade offering space to get out and see the city, and Brigance Brigade holding its annual race. The mix of virtual and in-person events remain. So stay safe, but have fun:

2021 Maryland Film Festival: Through May 27, virtual and in-person events. The annual Baltimore film festival returns with new tracks for Baltimore and family films in particular. Along with a full program of features and shorts, check out special events this weekend like Pride Party and the Baltimore Screenwriters’ Competition.

Artist Talk: Leise Hook and Khánh H. Lê: 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 20, virtual. Multimedia artist Khánh H. Lê and cartoonist Leise Hook join the Walters Art Museum to discuss their experiences as artists, and their Asian-American identities as expressed in their art practice.

Designing the AVAM – Winner of Baltimore Architecture Madness: 1 p.m. on Friday, May 21, virtual. The Virtual Histories Series from Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) and Baltimore Heritage features American Visionary Art Museum director Rebecca Hoffberger, designer Alex Castro, and architects Diane Cho and Rebecca Swanston. They’ll discuss the design of AVAM itself, and lead a virutal tour.

Folkal Point: Bob Dylan Show: 8 p.m. on Friday, May 21, virtual, at An Die Musik LIVE! celebrates cherished songwriter Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday with performances from The Complete Unknowns, Linda Nelson, Caleb Stine, The Stable Shakers and John and Paul from the Stone Hill All-Stars.

Latino Design Histories: Modernity in Black and White: 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, virtual. Society of Design Arts (SoDA) and AIGA Baltimore present a talk featuring Rafael Cardoso, whose recent book provides an account of modernism and modern art in Brazil, exploring topics like art, image, race and identity.

Charles Street Promenade: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, Charles St. Cars won’t be allowed on Baltimore’s central commercial street from Saratoga to North Ave. on Saturday. It leaves room for strolling, shopping, eating and running into someone you haven’t seen during the pandemic. Stop in at a parklet, or grab a unique gift from a local shop.

This Crown is Mine: A Journey Through Black Hair: 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 22, virtual. Two Strikes Collective presents 12 performance art pieces by Black artists.

Draughts and Laughs: 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 22 at Checkerspot Brewing. Comedian Shane Torres will be live at the South Baltimore brewery, bringing laugh skills seen on Comedy Central and Last Coming Standing. He’ll headline a bill with Mike Moran, Kandace Saunders, Dark Mark and Lilly Sparks.

Brigance Brigade Race and Fun Run: Sunday, May 23, virtual. The foundation created by former pro football player, O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda, has a mission to empower people living with ALS. This year, its annual 5.7K race and 1.57 mile fun walk will be held virtually. Register here.

“Serious Adverse Effects”: May 7-23 at Motor House. Rapid Lemon Productions presents the premiere of a play about a scientist seeking a cure for a rare disease, and forgiveness.

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  1. Stephen,
    Stephen, Congrats for getting a hat tip from Henry Wong of An Die Musik, this man needs to be more celebrated for his contribution to the Baltimore cultural and art scene.

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