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There’s no question: Virtual events aren’t the same as an in-person experience. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being in the room with others, and having a chance to chat with some of those fellow attendees before and after the program.

One advantage of the virtual format, however, is that local organizations can host personalities from wherever they might be, without having to come to Baltimore. It’s local meets global. That’s especially apparent this weekend, as Baltimore organizations bring us live streaming concerts and talks, and a benefit for local restaurants brings together numerous entertainment and sports figures. Plus, Baltimore CeaseFire weekend returns.

Current Voices: Marylanders Feel the Wonder of Space: 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, virtual. Jewish Museum of Maryland presents a panel featuring Maryland residents working in the understanding and exploration of space.

The Preserve the Baltimore Uprising Project: A People’s Archive: 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, virtual. In a talk presented by the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Baltimore Heritage, UMBC Director of Public History Dr. Denise Meringolo discusses the crowdsourced digital collection of content from the period of protest following the 2015 death of Freddie Gray.

Sci-Fi Friday: 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, virtual. The Maryland Science Center presents a communal virtual screening of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. The event includes a recipe for a themed cocktail and activity.

Pouring Light: Friday, Feb. 5-March 14 at The Peale at Carroll Mansion. The exhibition, featuring Artists Julia Glatfelter and Jaz Erenberg, honors the impact of volunteers with the anti-violence movement Baltimore Ceasefire.

Booklovers’ Breakfast featuring Joy Reid and Sunny Hostin: 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6. Journalist April Ryan moderates a conversation on Black women in media with Hostin, a cohost of ABC’s The View, and Reid, host of MSNBC The ReidOut. It’s presented locally by Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Save Baltimore“: Baltimore Restaurant Relief Virtual Gala: Saturday, Feb. 6 from 7-10 p.m., virtual. Jimmy’s Famous Seafood hosts a three-hour telethon via Facebook Live. The event will raise money to support Baltimore restaurants that are struggling during the pandemic. Entertainment for the event includes live streaming performances from Jimmie’s Chicken Shack, the Kelly Bell Band and more. Plus, there will be special appearances from Orioles star Trey Mancini, Charm City Cakes’ Duff Goldman and Baltimore Ravens greats.

Jose Andre Piano Solo: 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, virtual. An Die Musik presents a live streaming concert featuring the Bolivian pianist, who blends jazz, blues, bossa nova and more.

Virtual Peace Challenge Run & Walk: 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, virtual. During the quarterly Baltimore Ceasefire Weekend, Runners4Justice presents a virtual edition of the event to run or walk in dedication to those who lost their lives to violence.

Swing Summit: 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, virtual. Keystone Korner presents a live streaming broadcast of the performance featuring Christian Sands, Joe Farnsworth, Benny Benack III & Alexander Claffy.

Filmmaker Spotlight: Lynne Sachs: 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7. The SNF Parkway presents a conversation about Sachs’ latest documentary, which is described as “a personal look at memory, familial love, and the unknowability of parents to their children.” The filmmaker will be joined by artistic director Christy LeMaster and UMBC professor Kathy O’Dell.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Technical.ly Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.