Weekend Events Calendar: Baltimore Crankie Fest, First Friday Concerts, and more

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Baltimore Crankie Fest.

Was your New Year’s Resolution to get more in touch with what’s going on in Baltimore? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got a look at events to get the new decade off and running. From crankies to a showcase of Baltimore artists, it once again shows what makes the city unique.

Friday, Jan. 3
Baltimore Crankie Fest: 2020 Edition: Jan. 3-5 at Creative Alliance. The festival featuring scrolled panoramas returns with eight artists unrolling stories, musical guests and more.

First Friday Show: 7 p.m. at Four Hour Day Lutherie. The Harford Round haunt features music from bluegrass act Ghost Sugar and chamber group Triodeo.

Bonafide Fabian Record Release Party: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The “folkadelic” artist releases a new record, with DJ Deezy.

BIG Time with Michelle Herring: 8 p.m. at Baltimore Improv Group. The artist/activist and Baltimore Ceasefire 365 co-organizer sees her life in improv comedy.

Haunted Overnight at The Lord Baltimore: 8-11 p.m. at The Lord Baltimore Hotel. oin paranormal investigator and author Vince Wilson as he surveys the 22-story hotel for ghosts.

Clarence Ward III & Dat Feel Good: 8:30 p.m. at Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute. The First Friday jazz concert arrives for 2020 courtesy of Kier Johnson.

Letitia VanSant. Photo by Shervin Lainez.

Friday Night Sessions: 9-11 p.m. at True Chesaepeake Oyster Co. Letitia VanSant & Arty Hill play classic country by the Jones Falls.

808 Volume 28: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Crown. Station North Sadboi’s series features a series of DJs and performers.

Save Your Soul: 9 p.m. -2 a.m. at Lithuanian Hall. DJs Baby Alcatraz & Rob Macy spin at the soul and funk dance night.

Face-Off Brawl: 10 p.m. at Baltimore Improv Group. Two teams square up in a brutal “long-form improv Krav Maga.”

Saturday, Jan. 4
Red Star Fells Point Drag Queen Brunch: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at The Red Star. Evon Michelle hosts, with tunes from DJ Big Vanilla. Bottomless mimosas and Truly Hard Seltzers are also available.

Greater Goods Market.

Greater Goods Market: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at R. House. The market with over 50 local vendors features a benefit for Art with a Heart.

John Clark Mayden: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the George Peabody Library. The photographer signs his new book “Baltimore Lives: The Portraits of John Clark Mayden,” in conjunction with an exhibit of his work in the library.

The American Visionary Art Museum. Photo by Jack Hoffberger.

Weekend Walk-In: Crazy Crown: 1-4 p.m. at the American Visionary Art Museum. Head to the museum of self-taught artists to make a crown of your own.

Coppin State Women & Men’s Basketball: 2-7 p.m. at Coppin State University. The Eagles teams begin conference play with a doubleheader of games against South Carolina State. The women tip off at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4 p.m.

IT’S TIME Women’s Conference: 5-8 p.m. at 208 S. Pulaski St. Be Bold Women Empowerment Organization presents an event with three guest speakers talking love, career and self.

Art Launch: Teal Road Art: 7-10 p.m. at Full Tilt Brewing. To celebrate a new art display at the brewery, the event features a paint-pour demo, live music from Bad Goose and more.

Come Together – To Benefit the Maryland Food Bank: 7 p.m. at The 8×10. Local artists perform the music of The Beatles and fight hunger.

Birdhouse: 7:30 p.m. at An die Musik. The duo, made up of two former members of the group Legends of Et Cetera, performs. Fernando Son opens.

#AllDayLikeSade Listening Party: 8 p.m.-midnight at Old Town Mall. Hip-hop group Baltimore Born Kings debuts a new project.

This is Baltimore: 8 p.m.-midnight. at Motor House. The evening highlighting Baltimore artists returns to Station North.

Metroschock: 9 p.m. at Metro Gallery. DJs Neska, Nicholai, DarkAngel and special guest DJ Kiltboy spin industrial, synthpop, goth and synthwave tunes.

Get The Led Out: 9 p.m. at Rams Head Live. The Led Zeppelin tribute band brings the dancing days to downtown.

Sunday, Jan. 5

Gina Caruso.

Caffè Letterario Speaker Series: Gina Caruso: 3 p.m. at Italian Cultural Center of Maryland. The executive director of Creative Alliance speaks over coffee and pastries.

Winter Lights: Bach’s Christmas Oratorio: 4-6 p.m. at The Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore. Bach in Baltimore keeps the holiday celebration going with two festive pieces by Bach, and one by Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.

Roots Cafe: 5-8 p.m. at An Die Musik. Tony Denikos, James Von Lenz & Geoffrey Himes talk about their best of 2019.

B•A•D Night: 6 p.m. at The Crown. Baltimore Anime Denizens puts a focus on Shampoo.

Hampden Rat Trap: 6:30 p.m. at Zissimos Bar. D.C.’s Time is Fire, Frederick’s Blue Heaven, Baltimore’s Queen Wolf and Orchester Praževica join forces for a bill mixing psychedelic music, folk, rock and other genres.


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