Our first weekly post of events and happenings going on this weekend… 

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT – The annual fund raiser Swim Across America will take place this Sunday, September 18.  Just announced: The event has been relocated due to run-off caused by the rain.  All swims will take place at Meadowbrook Aquatic and Fitness Club, 5700 Cottonworth Avenue, Baltimore, 21209.  For more information or to participate, check out the Swim Across America Baltimore website. 

On Saturday, September 17th from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. the Contemporary Museum is hosting Monster Drawing. The monster refers not to the theme of the drawings, but to the scale. The museum will have 80 artists producing works on paper in real time, available for immediate sale upon completion. The works will cost $60 for small drawings and $100 for the larger ones. The event is free to members of the New Group patrons group and $10 per person for friends and guests.

Maryland Art Place has opened a new exhibit, Painting In Parts. One of MAP’s most ambitious exhibitions to date, Painting in Parts draws connections between three generations of painter — some who are in their eighties and some of whom are young and emerging — all of whom are working in the Minimalist style. In making connections between these works, Painting in Parts investigates the expansion of the minimalist style and the ongoing exploration of its principles in the contemporary arena. 

The WHFestival is tomorrow at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia with 20 bands on three stages.  First band performs at 11:30 a.m.

The Orioles are in town this weekend with evening games both Friday and Saturday nights and a day game on Sunday, against the LA (Orange County) Angels. The Ravens are away on Sunday, playing the Tennessee Titans in Nashville at 1:00 p.m.

And if you just want to stay home and enjoy a quiet weekend, be sure to catch Baltimore Fishbowl Columnist Marion Winik on WYPR’s The Signal, tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

Have a good weekend.