We may still be distanced, but there are plenty of chances to put money down alongside your fellow Baltimorean this weekend. There’s the ponies of Preakness to bet on, and the contemporary art of Out of Order to bid on. Elswhere, there are events in Federal Hill or Whitehall Market to attend in person, or check out a virtual celebration of Baltimore’s own streaming hit.
Out of Order 2021: May 14-15, virtual. Maryland Art Place’s annual art auction goes virtual, with over 300 participating artists offering contemporary work. Bidding formally opens on Saturday, May 15, and stays open for a week. On Friday, the preview party KIDOOO offers an early look at the work.
The 2021 Variations Party: Noon on Saturday, May 15, at YNot Lot. Kick off the annual ten-minute play festival with an event to create source material for this December’s premieres. This year’s theme: The Holidays.
Greener Deal: 11.am. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 15 at C. Grimaldis Gallery. The opening reception kicks off a solo exhibition featuring works from Hidenori Ishii. The works show the artist’s language of painting, which responds directly to the 2011 Fukushima meltdown.
Harriet Tubman Grove Virtual Community Listening Session: 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, virtual. In Wyman Park Dell, the former site of the Lee-Jackson monument (removed, 2017) is now Harriet Tubman Grove. Now, the Friends of Wyman Park Dell are seeking community input to determine what comes next at the site. Registration required.
The 146th Preakness Stakes: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at Pimlico Race Course. The second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown arrives in Baltimore once again. This time, the fans are limited and the typical InfieldFest is replaced by Preakness Live, a socially distanced concert event with pods. But there’s still a big race to run and bets to be laid.
Thank You Dark City Beneath The Beat!!!: 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, virtual. The Creative Alliance presents a celebration of the Netflix doc focused on Baltimore club and dance. Tune in for live performances from Bmore Than Dance, Eze Jackson, DDM, Olu Butterfly, Rufus Roundtree, as well as an interview with director TT The Artist.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Pop-Up: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 15-16 at Whitehall Market. Throughout May, Charm City Night Market presents pop-up events at the Hampden market with four artists and makers each week. This weekend, catch Neon Apothecary, J DeSantis Art, Spatial Oddity Studio, Maryrose Runk and Chrystee_Arts.
Federal Hill Beyond the Views: A Monumental City Tour: 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 16. Baltimore Heritage leads a walk through the historic neighborhood to learn about its wartime use, tunnels, and the neighborhood’s wooden houses.
Audrey Wright: Beyond Bach for Solo Violin: 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 16, streaming at An Die Musik Live!, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s associate concertmaster presents a program featuring works that give homage to people and places. Limited in-person attendance offered.
Celebration of Spring: 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, May 16 at Gallery 1448. The Upper Fells Point gallery hosts a garden reception for its current exhibition, which features work from Claudia Bismark, Lauren Case, Greg Fletcher, Jennifer Hogan and Leslie Schwing.