Around Town

Event Pick: Antonio McAfee’s latest show reinterpreting African-American portraiture opens in Station North

Image via Facebook, courtesy of Antonio McAfee/ICA Gallery

It was 118 years ago that black sociological pioneers W.E.B. DuBois and Thomas Calloway presented a new face for the African-American to the world, showcasing a series of studio portraits of the black middle class from Georgia at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair. In the 21st century, local photographer Antonio McAfee is putting a new face on their time-honored work here in Baltimore through a series of transformations—first through colored holograms, and now through abstract collage.

Event Pick: Have some drinks to celebrate Baltimore’s sister city Rotterdam

Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Maybe you knew that Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, is one of Baltimore’s sister cities, but did you know just how similar they are? They “have approximately the same geographical and population size.

Weekend Events Calendar: Maryland State Fair, Maryland Renaissance Festival, Vegan SoulFest, Dog Days of Summer

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This weekend, there’s plenty to do in the city. Bring the dog to get cleaned up and party, check out locally made films or explore vegan and Japanese culture. Outside the Beltway, a pair of the state’s biggest events get underway. Make the most of it:

Event Pick: Welcome back the fixed-up Charles Village Pub

The inside of Charles Village Pub. Image via Facebook.

If you think you missed Charles Village Pub during its three-month-plus hiatus, know this: CVP missed you, too.

Event Pick: Eat donuts for dinner, because Vegan Restaurant Week

Image via Donut Alliance’s Instagram.

Donuts are thought of as a thing you eat in the morning. Most famously, the bleary-eyed Dunkin’ Donuts mascot “Fred the Baker” got up early in the morning because it was “time to make” the delicious confection.

Tonight, though, the Donut Alliance in Beverly Hills is bucking convention to serve its small-batch vegan donuts in the evening. 

Event Pick: Swing by the Vintage & Handmade Market at R. House

R. House, Lyft’s most frequented local restaurant destination in 2017. Photo via Johns Hopkins University.

R. House’s food hall setup is all about choice, and that is doubly true today when the Vintage & Handmade Market sets up shop. More than a dozen vendors and makers will be selling their wares, a group that includes the jewelry company Falling Branch Studio, the printmaker Beertanicals, vintage fashion purveyor Hemlock Vintage and the mixed-media artist Vanaadon Creations, just to name a few.

Event pick: TT The Artist and DJ Trillnatured—plus Philly’s DJ Diamond Kuts—play a block party in Hollins Market

TT the Artist. Image via Facebook.

If a free Saturday night summer block party in one of Baltimore’s more interesting historic neighborhoods isn’t enough to grab your attention, ther’’s this: Modern-day Baltimore club stars TT the Artist and DJ Trillnatured and Philly radio star and remix queen DJ Diamond Kuts are providing the soundtrack.

Event Pick: Heavy Seas releases its Honey Ale with Cherries

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With the temperature this time of year still climbing up into the 90s, as it’s supposed to today, a refreshing, drinkable beer is still very much a necessity. It’s far too early for those heavier pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers soon to be leering from the shelves of your local liquor store.

Weekend Events Calendar: Hot August Music Festival, Lindy 500, Red Bull Amaphiko Festival, Baltimore Fashion Week

New Orleans rock band The Revivalists headlines the Hot August Music Festival. Image via Facebook.

This weekend, get out on the streets for block parties and focus in on festivals that showcase fashion, dance and social entrepreneurship. Plus, there are options to grab some time by the pool or an outdoor movie before summer gets too close to the end. Here’s the lineup:

Event Pick: A quartet of ‘The Office’ Christmas episodes, screening outside downtown

Photo by Chris Haston, via IMDB

Die-hard “The Office” fans have cycled through the binge-worthy series enough to know the equally vital and disastrous role of alcohol in Dunder Mifflin Scranton’s holiday parties. But it’s unlikely that they’ve seen them all back-to-back, outdoors, in the dead of August.