Baltimore is going green this weekend, from green (and pink) for AKA sorors, to interior greenery lessons with plant stylist and author Hilton Carter, to Earth Day cleanups and other environmental activities. Plus, stand-up comedian Chris Rock is performing for two nights in Baltimore.
Here’s the weekend lineup:
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Thursday-Sunday, April 21-24, Baltimore Convention Center. Baltimore will be decked out in pink and green this weekend as Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation’s oldest Black sorority, holds its 91st North Atlantic Regional Conference. The four-day conference will include an array of workshops and networking events.
Hilton Carter, Thursday, April 21, 6-7 p.m., The Walters Art Museum. Plant stylist Hilton Carter will give an artist talk about the importance of greenery. The talk will connect majolica ceramics, which were often used to hold plants during the Victorian era, to contemporary displays of plants. (The “Majolic Mania” exhibition is currently on view at the Walters’ Hackerman House through Aug. 7.) Then, on Friday, Carter will be part of A Spring Day at the Walters from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., where he will give a lecture and demonstration on plant propagation, the use of cuttings, and pottery placement in design and styling.
nothing,nowhere, Friday, April 22, doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m., Baltimore Soundstage. The show will feature performances by nothing,nowhere; POORSTACY; carolesdaughter; guccihighwaters; and snarls.
Adriana Lecourvreur, Friday, April 22, 7:30 p.m., Baltimore Concert Opera. In this opera of betrayal and tragedy, actress Adriana finds herself in a love triangle with the Count of Saxony and the Princess de Bouillon.
Chris Rock, Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23, 8 p.m. both nights, The Lyric. Coming off his appearance at the Oscars this year, comedian Chris Rock is bringing his Ego Death World Tour to Baltimore this weekend. His most recent standup special, “Total Blackout: The Tamborine Extended Cut,” is currently streaming on Netflix.
Star Wars In Concert, Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The BSO performs John Williams’ score from “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.”
Whose Earth (Day)?, Saturday, April 23, noon to 3 p.m., The Ivy Bookshop. The Ivy Bookshop is collaborating with Vital Matters and Baltimore Beyond Plastic to host “Whose Earth (Day)? A Day of Reckoning, Celebration, and Digging in the Dirt.” At this free, family-friendly event, attendees can decorate reusable bags while engaging in conversations about environmental racism, social and climate justice. There will also be music, performances, refreshments, and gardening.
Picking Cicoria, Saturday, April 23, noon, Pandora Learning Center. Italian American Rosalia Scalia will read from her short story “Picking Cicoria,” about a girl and her dad foraging for cicoria, the Italian word for chicory, in Greenmount Cemetery and beyond. The story is from Scalia’s debut book, “Stumbling Toward Grace,” which was published in fall 2021.
Baltimore Bodybuilding Championships, Saturday, April 23, noon, Baltimore Center Stage. The United States Bodybuilding Federation will hold the 2022 Baltimore Natural Bodybuilding Championships, a pro qualifier for all open and masters divisions, including men’s bodybuilding, men’s physique, women’s bodybuilding, figure and bikini.
Big Science Bike Party, Saturday, April 23, noon to 4 p.m., Maryland Science Center. Learn about bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, cruisers, geared bikes, BMX and more with an afternoon of bike-related demonstrations. Find out what helmet materials are best for protecting your head, learn how different bicycle parts work, and create a reflective patch to keep you safe while riding.
Ukraine Benefit Concert, Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m., An Die Musik. Part 2 of the Baltimore Musicians’ Benefit Concert for Ukraine will feature performances by pianist Lisa Weiss; klezmer and jazz woodwind performer Seth Kibel; mandolinist Joel-Michael-Schwartz; and Ken Kolodner, playing the hammered dulcimer and fiddle. All proceeds will benefit the International Rescue Committee.
NYC Comedy, Saturday, April 23, 7-10 p.m., Joe Squared. If you need a good laugh, New York City comedians are visiting Baltimore for a show at Joe Squared. The show will feature comedians Bret Raybould, Nick Whitmer and Joe Alfano.
Art for Ukraine, Sunday, April 24, 1-5 p.m., Current Space. Each artwork will be sold for $100, with the sales benefiting Ukrainian artists affected by war. The art sale will feature works by several artists from Baltimore and the surrounding region.
Hands on HIIT Earth Day, Sunday, April 24, 11 a.m., Canton Waterfront Park. Hands on HIIT is encouraging residents to take care of their physical and mental health as well as the health of the environment. This year, they’re striving to remove 10,000 pounds of litter from Baltimore City’s streets and parks. The event will include a 30-minute HIIT workout. Then, participants will begin the cleanup. Attendees should bring a reusable water bottle and a workout mat. Cleanup materials, including trash bags, gloves, trash pickers, and trash buckets, will be provided.
School of Rock, Sunday, April 24, 2 p.m., Tin Roof Baltimore. Baltimore’s up-and-coming, young musicians will perform in a spring showcase.
Thank you for including this worthy cause concert in your column.
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