Weekend Events Calendar: MLK Day, Poe’s Birthday, Black & White Party and more

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Sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha holding their banner before the parade. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

The celebrations return with a birthday party for the city’s greatest writer and a night out to mark Enoch Pratt’s most lasting contribution. Elsewhere, check out the museum at night, new plays, Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities and more.

Friday, Jan. 18
Doughnuts and Coffee Beers: 4-7 p.m. at Ampersea. Head to happy hour in Fells Point with Diablo Doughnuts and a selection of $5 coffee beers.

2019 Battle of the Bands: 7 p.m. at UNION Craft Brewing. The competition for a spot on the stage at Charm City Bluegrass Festival begins with the first night of semifinals featuring Wicked Sycamore, The Mosley Brothers, Big Rigg and The Long Haul, and River Bones Band.

Art After Hours: 8 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Peruse the museum after dark, with the focal point being Mark Bradford’s “Tomorrow Is Another Day” exhibit. Programming includes spoken word by Kondwani Fidel, music from Joy Postell and a conversation on the exhibit with Noisy Tenants.

Ron White: 8 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The comedian brings some scotch, cigarettes and cynicism to the concert hall stage.

Honky Tonk Dance Night: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys headline in Highlandtown.

Soul Fiesta: 8 p.m. at Motor House. The dance event features Afrobeats dance class with Marie Paul, and music all night from DJ Jay Rags.

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Cowabunga Pizza Time: 8 p.m. at Ottobar. The party band returns with openers The Creachies and Daniel Ouellette.

4 Hours of Funk: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Windup Space. DJs Fleg and Graham Hatke pit James Brown v. Prince. The dancefloor benefits.

“Jerusalem”: Through Feb. 3 at Fells Point Corner Theatre. The play from Jez Butterworth explores a character who leads a back-to-the-land movement, British-style.

“Company”: Through Feb. 2 at The Wilks School. Stillpointe Theatre presents the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy that takes a modern look at relationships as main character Robert reflects on his bachelorhood.

Saturday, Jan. 19
Baltimore Women’s March 2019: 11 a.m. at War Memorial. The third edition of the march begins with a rally downtown featuring a dozen speakers, then takes to the streets to demonstrate for social change.

Fed Hill Fiesta: 11 a.m. at Brightside Boutique. The fashion-forward spot celebrates seven years with drinks and 25 percent off.

Variations Party: 2 p.m. at Baltimore Theatre Project. Get ready for this spring’s festival of 10-minute plays returns with the theme of Myth. Graffiti wall included.

Edgar Allan Poe birthday performance by actor, Stephen Mead: 2-3 p.m. at the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum. The actor lets the crowd decide if he reads either “The Raven” or “The Tell Tale Heart.”

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Edgar Allan Poe’s 210th Birthday Celebration: 3 p.m. at Westminster Hall and Burying Ground. The celebration at the macabre master’s gravesite includes the premiere of a performance of “Dark Descent Within the House of Usher.” And, of course, the Poe Toaster will arrive.

Artist Talk: Singular Space: 4 p.m. at ICA Baltimore. Eli Pousson of Baltimore Heritage and C. Ryan Patterson of Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Art are special guests at an artist talk focusing on the exhibition that rethinks public space.

PoeZella: 5:30 p.m. at Zella’s Pizzeria. The party on Hollins Street marks another way to celebrate Poe’s birthday with photography, performances and pizza.

Japanese Breakfast: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. Indie powerhouse Michelle Zauner comes to town in support of her breakout 2017 album, “Soft Sounds from Another Planet.” Hand Habits open.

Black & White Party: 8 p.m. at The Assembly Room. The Pratt Contemporaries hosts the 10th anniversary edition of the party. This year’s theme: Studio 54.

Snakefeast, Bedlam Brass, Random Battles, Barrage Band Orchestra: 8 p.m. at The Windup Space. Two brass bands, video game music and metal. All local.

Jorge Glem and Cesar Orozco: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The Latin Jazz show features a master of the Venezuelan cuatro and pianist.

Live Band Punk Rock Karaoke: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. Sing a punk classic with the backing of a live band.

Skin Tight Soul Party: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Crown. DJs Discuji and Landis Expandis lead the dance party with rare groove.

Sunday, Jan. 20

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Zay Day: noon-6 p.m. at Union Craft Brewing. The brewery celebrates worker Henry “Zadie” Benesch, with specials – and masks to honor the living legend.

Inside “Making a Murderer 2”: 12 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. Lawyers Laura Nirider and Steven Drizin discuss the case of Brendan Dassey.

Film and Discussion: “Charm City”: 1 p.m. at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation: The documentary looking at life in Baltimore before and after Freddie Gray features a talk-back with Safe Streets violence interrupter Alex Long.

Honeysuckle Words: 2 p.m. at Area 405. The event, part of the art exhibition, “Beyond Beautiful: One Thousand Love letters,” features spoken word, music and writers who contributed.

BSO: Sibelius Violin Concerto: 3 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Violinist Baiba Skride joins the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for the challenging, and soaring, piece. Plus, works from Haydn and Wagner.

Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest: 5 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The shorts feature black femme as protagonist.

Total Lunar Eclipse: 10:30 p.m. at Maryland Science Center. Late-night viewing of the Blood Moon at Inner Harbor. Get an up-close view with the Clark Telescope.

Monday, Jan. 21
Annual MLK Inspiring the Dream Young Ladies Summit 2019: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at New Elizabeth Baptist Church. Girls and young women ages 7-17 are invited to a summit on natural beauty, health and more.

Rev. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service: 10 a.m.-noon at Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park. Take part in a day of service at one of the city’s largest parks to mark Dr. King’s legacy.

MLK Dare to Dream Day: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the American Visionary Art Museum. DewMore Baltimore, Chin-Yer Wright, Kondwani Fidel, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women  and Keur Khaleyi African Dance Company offer performances, plus workshops, refreshments and more.

Lewis MLK Day 2019: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. The celebration includes theatrical and musical performances, a discussion with Dr. King’s barber, films, family activities and free health screenings from Kaiser Permanente.

19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade: noon at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Eutaw and Baltimore streets. More than 70 marching bands, color guards, dance squads and other groups march in honor of the civil rights icon.

“Voices of Carmen” MLK Day Performance: 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Motor House. The Carmen Youth Council gives the famous opera an update and looks at “escalating conflicts and violence among youth.”

MLK Day Screening of “Baltimore’s Strange Fruit”: 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The documentary on food insecurity in Baltimore is screened, followed by a panel discussion and service project.

MLK DAY Screening Event for “This Is Home: A Refugee Story”: 6-9:30 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church. Watch the documentary about a Syrian refugee family arriving in Baltimore City.

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