In the dead of winter, the events calendar gives us a couple signs of summer. The Convention Center hosts a boat show and a baseball expo for our beloved O’s. Elsewhere, take in events that showcase Baltimore’s best artists, storytellers and WWII-era spy tales.
Friday, Jan. 25
Baltimore Boat Show: Through Jan. 27 at Baltimore Convention Center. Even though it’s winter, here’s a chance to visualize yourself sitting on the water. Check out the latest models for Bay cruising.
Global Game Jam: Through Jan. 27 at MICA Game Lab. Make a video game in 48 hours. Artists, programmers, designers and more are welcome.
Baltimore Free Farm’s 8th Annual Fancy Dinner: 6 p.m. at Space 2640. The fundraiser for the volunteer-run farm features food, raffle prizes and music from Orchester Praževica, Stephen Hung and Conor Brendan & the Wild Hun.
Winter Wine: 6 p.m. at the B&O Railroad Museum. The Maryland Wineries Association hosts a pair of receptions showcasing wines made in the state, including one dedicated solely to sparkling.
Baltimore Bike Party: 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Park. The last-Friday ride winds its way around the city and ends at Blue Dog BBQ.
“New Beginnings: An Evening of Baltimore Stories”: 8 p.m. at Spotlighters Theatre. The event features local storytellers providing personal looks at life in the city. Includes open mic.
Kentavius Jones: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The soul singer celebrates the release of a new album, “The Bohemian Beatbox.” Brooks Long & The Mad Dog No Good open.
Kurt Deemer Band, Harlan County Kings, Andy Bopp: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. A night of local rock ‘n roll on N. Charles.
Sun Ra Arkestra: 8 p.m. at Ottobar. The legendary free jazz ensemble carries on the tradition of cosmic improvisation. The Mondawmen open.
Flegroom: 9 p.m. at The Crown. Join DJ Fleg, Trillnatured, Aswell and Kotic Couture for a party in Station North. Featuring Japanese whiskeys.
Saturday, Jan. 26
Winter Trolley Tour: 8:30 a.m. at Henderson-Hopkins School. Live Baltimore offers a tour of the city’s hottest home-buying neighborhoods, all heading toward a City Living Fair with workshops.
Orioles FanFest: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Baltimore Convention Center. Count down to pitchers and catchers report. It’s your first chance to meet the new-look O’s at a daylong event with plenty of Q&A sessions, player appearances, games and more.
Pizzas and Barleywines: 11 a.m. at Peabody Heights Brewing. Sample the brewery’s Barleywine Grainbirds, with pizza, Beermosas and more.
BeatMarket: noon at Maryland Art Place. Peruse the beats being created by producers.
Pajama Pants Release Party: noon at Union Collective. Union Brewing’s oatmeal stout arrives for winter, infused with coffee from neighbors at Vent Coffee Roasters.
An Afternoon of Artistic Excellence: 2-5 p.m. at Walters Art Museum. Baker Artist Award winners including Lafayette Gilchrist, ellen cherry, Carl Grubbs and more gather for performances in Mount Vernon.
Omer Quartet: 3-5 p.m. at Evergreen Museum. The young string quartet is picking up accolades, and makes a stop in Baltimore.
Cork Wars: 4 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Tales of Crown Cork and Seal espionage unfurl at the release of the book Cork Wars: Intrigue and Industry in World War II. The event features a lineup of short films.
Lil Duval: 8 p.m. at Modell Lyric. The comedian brings his Living My Best Life tour to Baltimore, along with Chico Bean and Andrew Schulz.
Silent Score: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Composer Marc Ribot performs to a screening of science fiction trailblazer “Aelita: Queen of Mars.”
Super City: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. The local rock heroes return on the wave of recent release “Sanctuary,” with Chaunter and Soul Cannon opening.
Sunday, Jan. 27
“The Maltese Falcon”: 10 a.m. at The Senator Theatre. John Hutson’s film noir classic features Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor in a detective tale for the ages.
The Charmery Goes Full Princess Bride: 11 and 2:30 p.m. at The Charmery’s Ice Cream Factory. The ice cream emporium at Union Collective presents a full-sensory movie screening of the classic fantasy movie, complete with food to match the scenes.
“Black is the Color”: 2 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum. The film looks at the history of African-American visual art, from Edmonia Lewis to Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Piano Jazz Series: 2 and 5 p.m. at An Die Musik. Bruce Bath headlines the debut of a bi-monthly series to celebrate the keys.
Gin Riot 2019: 5-8 p.m. at November Project. The fitness group puts all the tough parts of a workout together in one race. Work for the after party at Johnny Rad’s.
Business of Dreams: 8 p.m. at Joe Squared. The synth-pop outfit swoops into town ahead of the February release of “Ripe For Anarchy.” Corduroy also celebrates a record release. Romantic States opens.
- Amy Schumer heads to the Hippodrome for stand-up on Feb. 2.
- Start making Super Bowl plans for Feb. 3.
- Gather up the menus for Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week, Feb. 8-17.
- Blue Jeans and Bow Ties Ball, benefiting the Ulman Foundation, at the Assembly Room on Feb. 9
- Small Foods Party squeezes into AVAM on Feb. 16.
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