Charm City Django Jazz Festival goes virtual.

As the pandemic nears a year, pre-COVID life is starting to seem further and further in the past. So when familiar events appear on the calendar during this isolated time, it’s like running into an old friend. That’s how it feels to see the Charm City Django Jazz Festival going forward in virtual mode this weekend, complete with a live concert with local musicians from the Creative Alliance stage on Saturday night. Plus, there are virtual events to finish Black History Month strong, and a chance to hear some of Bach’s best from a cello luminary.

Design for Distancing: Reopening Baltimore Together: 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26 (streaming). Three local design teams talk about their work to create spaces for small businesses during the pandemic with an eye toward public health and urbanism. It’s part of a series presented by Baltimore Heritage and the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Making a Difference: African American Women of the Civil Rights Movement: 2-4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, virtual. The Enoch Pratt Free Library presents a discussion of contributions by undersung 1950s-60s activists such as Ruby Dee, Angela Davis, Daisy Bates, and Ruby Bridges.

Charm City Django Jazz Fest: Feb. 26-27 at Creative Alliance. The virtual weekend event features concerts and workshops with artists playing in the “gypsy” jazz style of Django Reinhardt. Concerts include a Friday night foray with worldwide talent, and a Saturday night finale with top Baltimore swing musicians, live from the Patterson Theater stage.

SNF Parkway Live: 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, virtual. Local professionals discuss the transgender health documentary “Born to Be.” It follows the work of Dr. Jess Ting at the Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City.

Sci-Fi Friday: 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, virtual. We’re all thinking about the red planet after the latest Mars Rover landing. So the Maryland Science Center is screening “The Martian,” complete with themed cocktail and activity.

Covid-19: Vaccines and Variants: 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26, virtual. It’s all about the race to get the vaccine and beat the coronavirus variants as we look to move past COVID. To dig into the epidemiology and natural history behind the latest phases of the pandemic, the Baltimore Under Ground Science Space (BUGSS) is hosting Dr. Nick Wohlgemuth, a virologist at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Charenee Wade w/ Warren Wolf: The Song is You: Feb. 27-March 3 at Keystone Korner. The vocalist and vibraphonist team up for a series of live/streaming performances presented by the Baltimore jazz club.

The B&O’s Big Birthday Bash: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 27 at B&O Railroad Museum. Celebrate the 141st birthday of the game-changing railroad with a full afternoon of activities, train rides and a balloon drop.

Amit Peled: Bach Cello Suites #5 & 6: 2 p.m. on Sat., Feb 27, virtual. An Die Musik presents a streaming concert featuring the celebrated Israeli-American cellist and Peabody Institute professor playing two of the foundational solo suites by Johann Sebastian Bach.

“Songs Of Freedom and Justice”: 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, virtual. The Paul Carr Quintet closes out Black History Month celebrations in a co-presentation of An Die Musik and the DC Jazz Festival.

Stephen Babcock

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

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