These days, it’s not just the content of the event. It’s how you’re putting it on. This week, Baltimore’s community is balancing dedication to the craft and commitment to safety with puppet shows in a parking lot, streaming jazz and drive-in movies. Plus, there are a couple chances to go inside the city’s much-loved street art:
Rapid Lemon Productions’ VARIATIONS ON VISION: 7-9 p.m. on Oct. 16. The theatre festival features 10 short plays, 10 minutes each. Streaming as part of Free Fall Baltimore.
Cyrus Chestnut & Affirmation: Oct. 16&17 at Keystone Korner. The Harbor East jazz club hosts soulful music, happening live and streaming online.
Basics of Street Art with Ernest Shaw: 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at Grafitti Alley. The street artist leads a look at techniques and equipment needed for street art, and he creates a new work.
Music at 4500: 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 4500 Harford Road. Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street hosts live music with Baltimore bands Ex Nihilio, roots rockers June Star and Majority Onion.
“The Nightmare Before Christmas“: 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at The Senator Theatre. The York Road movie destination screens Tim Burton’s trip to Halloween Town.
Get Lit with Author Talisha Hunter: 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, at R. House. The literary happy hour on the patio features the author discussing her new book “Childhood on Fire: My Journey from the Hell of Baltimore to High Water.” Includes reading and Q&A.
Drive-In Movies: 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Carroll Park. Baltimore City Rec and Parks organizes a screening of “Black Panther.”
Highlandtown Mural Tour: 9 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, at Roll Coffee and Ice Cream. Mural Art Tours leads a trek through the Southeast Baltimore neighborhood, from businesses to public art to painted screens.
Outdoor Oktoberfest: 12-10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 at Checkerspot Brewing. The South Baltimore brewery hosts a socially distanced, German-themed celebration with a cask of Still a Hero Porter and live music from Black Falls.
Puppets in the Park(ing Lot): 1-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, outside Hollins Market. Black Cherry Puppet Theatre presents family-friendly performances from Schroeder Cherry, Michael Lamason and Kevin Sherry.