Event pick: WYPR’s Aaron Henkin goes one-on-one with Mayor Pugh

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Fresh off a national award for his and Wendel Patrick’s immersive, neighborhood-centric program “Out of the Blocks,” WYPR’s Aaron Henkin is taking the stage tonight for a one-on-one chat with Baltimore’s mayor at the ornate Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theater downtown.

Event Pick: Creative Alliance hosts global craft making, food and music for World Refugee Day

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If there were ever a week to celebrate the cultural gifts, cuisine and art that the world’s refugees bring to our country, this would be it. As the Trump administration grapples with fallout from the inhumane treatment of Latin American refugees at the border, you can familiarize yourself with the cultures of immigrants from other regions of the world today on Eastern Avenue.

Event Pick: An evening of dancing to acoustic Lauryn Hill covers

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You’d be right to get excited about this week’s announcement that R&B great Lauryn Hill is finally going on tour again to celebrate 20 years for “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill”–and with a star-studded lineup of openers at that. Sadly, she’s skipping right over Baltimore this summer, but it’s still news that her fans can celebrate.

Weekend Events Calendar: Chesapeake Crab and Beer Fest, LatinoFest at Patterson Park, record release shows, food truck gatherings, Bikes and Beers

Baltimore Crab Run on 6/23
Charm City Crab Run 5k is on 6/23 starting at 9:30 a.m. at Rash Field

Welcome, summer. The Solstice means plenty of daylight to get out and soak in the happenings around town. This weekend features some unique local music experiences, with BSO’s New Music Festival heading to various venues among the highlights. The festival schedule remains strong with celebrations of Latino culture, getting fit, Chesapeake crabs (and eating them) and World Refugee Day, among others. Enjoy.

Event Pick: Enjoy a Guinness at the Maryland Zoo

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Brew at the Zoo, the annual festival allowing entrants to sample beer and wine and mingle with the critters at the Maryland Zoo, has come and gone. Tonight presents anyone who missed out with a rare second chance to imbibe in close proximity to animals, at the more streamlined Guinness at the Zoo.

Enjoy the Sounds of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Star-Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge Park on July 3


BSO on 4th July at Oregon Ridge

Celebrate the red, white and blue with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Oregon Ridge Park on July 3. With Nicholas Hersh as conductor, spend the evening listening to the Orchestra perform patriotic scores and family favorites. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics for a cozy evening. Food trucks will also be on-site serving up some great local eats. The evening will end with a boom with an extraordinary fireworks finale. Gates open at 5 pm.

Weekend Events Calendar: HonFest, Tour dem Parks, Hon, Greek Folk Festival, Feastival, Outdoor Concerts Open

HonFest. Photo via Facebook.

Let’s hope the weather holds, as Baltimore-area residents have lots of reasons to get outside this weekend. There are chances to see the city by bike, boat and beehive. Big festivals are gathering people in neighborhoods like Hampden, Greektown and Northwest. Plus, it’s as good a chance as any to check out some of the area’s choirs. Enjoy:

Event Pick: Baltimore Improv Group highlights women, gender non-conforming performers with ‘Our Time’

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Fresh off of XFest, a comedy festival highlighting women, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming performers, the Baltimore Improv Group is opening its stage for a night of “femme-power comedy.”