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Event Pick: The Charles screens this year’s Oscar-nominated short films

Still from the trailer for “Negative Space,” from MICA animation faculty members Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, nominated for “Best Short Animated Film” in this year’s Oscars. Image via Tiny Inventions.

Partake in some of the ongoing Oscar buzz tonight by watching some of the lesser-hyped, more abbreviated but equally impressive films nominated for this year’s Academy Awards in the short films categories.

Event Pick: Celebrate Holy Frijoles’ revival with cheap margaritas and free pinball

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While Holy Frijoles has been up and running once again for about six months, it’s never too late to celebrate a neighborhood institution’s revival—and on National Margarita Day, no less.

Event Pick: Pucker up with a sour beer at Max’s Taphouse

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There was a time when most beers were sour. As the New Yorker reported in 2013, in the era before refrigeration and pasteurization, different strains of bacteria would creep into beers and give them tart flavors. On top of that, the science of fermentation and our understanding of yeast had only developed so much.

Event Pick: Race a Pinewood Derby Car at Union Craft

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A favorite of Boy Scouts everywhere, the Pinewood Derby is a grand tradition that uses engineering and good ol’ American work ethic to transform a wooden block into a racing marvel. Union Craft Brewing is offering a chance for adults to get in on the action, all while enjoying some of the brewery’s delicious adult beverages. These stars of the timber track will be racing for a case of beer, Union bucks, a T-shirt and a trophy and all the glory it bestows. Contestants: Please be sure to visit to make sure your ride is wood ramp-legal. Spectators are welcome to watch these pinewood performers.

Bar opens at 12:30 p.m., registration open from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Races begin at 2 p.m. Union Craft Brewing, 1700 Union Avenue, D, (410) 467-0290,, $5 for spectators, $10 for racers.

Event Pick: Baltimore’s Legends & Legacies Jubilee Celebrates Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass never knew his exact birthday, but he later chose February 14 because his mother used to call him her “Little Valentine.” This year marks the abolitionist and Maryland native’s 200th birthday, and thanks to the efforts of more then two dozen local groups, interactive exhibits on the city’s African-American heritage from some of the its best museums will be on display at the park that bears Douglass’ name. Mayor Catherine Pugh will provide remarks, and the fun afternoon also includes educational storytelling by Growing Griots, a performance of by Angelo and Marie’s Fantastic Bubble Show, a singing contest judged by “The Voice” finalist Davon Fleming and free tastings from Popsations Gourmet Popcorn, Connie’s Chicken and Waffles and Terra Cafe.

Noon-4 p.m., Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, 1417 Thames St., (410) 685-0295,, free.

Event Pick: Frozen Harbor Festival Kicks Off at Power Plant Live!

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Photo by Tom Van Ghent, via Flickr, CC-by-2.0.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Keller Williams and a hodgepodge of musical artists are descending upon Power Plant Live! tonight for night one of the fifth annual Frozen Harbor Music Festival.

Event Pick: Eat Your Valentine’s Day Feelings at Junkluck

Snake Charm. Image via Facebook.

For some, Valentine’s Day presents a chance to get all romantic with the ones we love. For others, it is a reminder of being alone, and that calls for the comfort of eating and drinking whatever the hell you want.

Event Pick: Celebrate Mardi Gras in Baltimore

Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 2007. Photo by Mondo Kayo, via Wikimedia Commons.

It’s Fat Tuesday, the annual celebration of excess before Lent kicks off, or just another chance to party for the non-religious. While Baltimore won’t be going as hard as New Orleans, there’s still places to celebrate.

Event Pick: Learn About the Great Baltimore Fire

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On Feb. 7, 1904, a small fire in the Hurst building downtown exploded–quite literally–into a blaze that eventually destroyed 1,500 buildings on 86 city blocks in the heart of downtown Baltimore. As this well-researched report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond details, the fire chief at the time quickly sent a dispatch to his Washington, D.C. counterpart: “Big fire here. Must have help at once.”

Event Pick: The World Championships of Vegan Mac N’ Cheese

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It seems every year, more and more excellent vegan options emerge as alternatives for our favorite everyday snacks. Nowhere is that more apparent than at the World Vegan Mac N’ Cheese Championship, which Baltimore is hosting for the third straight year.