This weekend, help BROS pick out a new production, sample a teeny tiny small plate or compete in the Pinewood Derby at Union Craft Brewing. Then, get in gear for President’s Day with an irreverent cabaret, or a dance party.
Friday, Feb. 15
Girls’ Night Out: 3-8 p.m. at Brightside Boutique Federal Hill. Last call for Galentine’s. The event features free makeovers, a braid bar, strawberries and champagne.
Third Friday Conversations: Black History Edition: 6-9 p.m. at Motor House. Kibibi Ajanku discusses the voice of James Baldwin and his impact.
“A Strange Light Under My Bed”: 6-8 p.m. at Cardinal. The opening reception for the exhibition from artists Sandra Liu and Ida Greenberg that combines painting and stop-motion animation.
Music Under the Dome: 7 p.m. at Maryland Science Center. The planetarium show heads back to the ’90s, complete with psychedelic graphics to accompany the hits.
“Hamlet”: 7 p.m. at Motor House, through Feb. 24. The Organic Theatre presents a 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s classic.
BROS Pitch Party VII: I Choo-Choo-Choose You: 7-11 p.m. at The Crown. It’s a chance to weigh in on the next production from Baltimore Rock Opera Society. The audience gets a chance to listen to pitches, and cast a vote. Then, a dance party.
Erykah Badu: 8 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. The neo-soul singer makes a stop downtown, with Tank opening.
Belgian Beer Fest: Feb. 15-17 at Max’s Taphouse. The Fells Point bar features more than 200 drafts and 200 bottles of Belgian beer, plus food specials.
“Pygmalion”: Through March 10 at Spotlighters Theatre. George Bernard Shaw’s classic follows Eliza Doolittle as she runs into Henry Higgins. Sharp social commentary ensues.
Maimouna Youssef aka Mumu Fresh: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The Baltimore-born R&B singer returns as part of the series Nisa’a/Women: Muslim Cultural Identity-Six Women on Stage and in Conversation. Joy Postell joins.
Beyonce v. Rhianna Dance Party: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. The post-Valentine’s dance-off has DJ Mills and Craig B going track-for-track with hits from two of the top divas.
4 Hours of Funk: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Windup Space. James Nasty joins DJs Fleg and Graham Hatke for the monthly get-down on North Ave.
Saturday, Feb. 16
Bird Extravaganza: Feb. 16-17 at Lake Roland. Head to the northern edge of the city for birding activities, participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count and enjoy crafts, games and more.
The History of the NAACP: The Baltimore Connection: 2-4 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. The event features a lecture with Professor Prudence Cumberbatch, a living history performance of Juanita Jackson Mitchell and a film screening of “Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall & The NAACP.”
Open Hours: From Liberia to Baltimore: 2 p.m. at Baltimore Museum of Art. Bilphena Yahwon discusses political protest of Liberia’s civil war, followed by traditional food prepared by Yahwon’s mother.
“Rock of Ages”: 2 p.m. on Feb. 15-16 at the Hippodrome. The 1980s hair metal musical from Broadway rocks the house in Baltimore.
“Led Zeppelin Played Here”: 4 p.m. at the Parkway Theatre. The director of “Heavy Metal Parking Lot” returns with a documentary about a Led Zeppelin show that may or may not have taken place at the Wheaton Youth Center in 1969. A Q&A with director Jeff Krulik follows the screening.
Small Foods Party: 7 p.m. at AVAM. A full tasting event of the tiniest delectables around, with plenty of categories to keep things fun. Proceeds benefit Moveable Feast.
Pints 4 Pups and Purrs: 7-10 p.m. at Checkerspot Brewing Company. The event features beer, a buffet spread from local restaurants and music from Dirty Vacant, benefiting AARF.
B. Willow Canton Launch Party: 7 p.m. at 2822 O’Donnell St. The new location of B. Willow debuts with complementary champagne and snacks.
Katt Williams: 8 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. The Emmy-winning comedian, musician and actor performs stand-up.
“UnPresidented: A Political Variety Show & Spectacular for Haters and Losers”: 8 p.m. at Single Carrot Theatre. The President’s Day cabaret features plenty of parody, and even some bawdy behavior.
Broken Hearts Club: 8 p.m. at Motor House. Baltimore performers like Alex Alexander, QueenEarth and Scotty P. will make sure you don’t feel so alone.
Skin Tight Soul Party: 10 p.m. at The Crown. DJs Landis Expandis and Discuji return to Station North for a night of rare groove.
Sunday, Feb. 17
Pinewood Derby: noon-5 p.m. at Union Craft Brewing. Build a wooden racer, then see its speed on Union’s 40-foot track.
Such Sweet Sorrow: 2 p.m. at Area 405. Part of the exhibit, “Beyond Beautiful: 1,000 Love Letters,” the event features performer Maria Broom, singer Simone Speed and more.
“Searching for Shaniqua”: 2-4 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum. During Black History Month, the documentary by Baltimore-based Phil Branch explores Afrocentric and Islamic names. A Q&A follows.
“The Sunday Sessions”: 3 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The film follows a man undergoing conversion therapy as he seeks to reconcile religion and sexuality. A panel discussion follows.
Night Brunch: 7:30 p.m. at BIG Theatre. The Baltimore Improv Group serves up mimosas and eggs benedict along with laughs.
Car Seat Headrest: 8 p.m. at Rams Head Live. The indie rock band behind acclaimed albums like “Twin Fantasy” and “Teens of Denial” heads to the Power Plant venue.
The Shake Off! Dance Party: 9 p.m. -1 a.m. at The Crown. The Baltimore club dance-oriented party brings together 9 DJs in Station North.
- Frozen Harbor Music Festival descends on downtown venues from Feb. 22-24.
- Black Tie Baltimore Fake Wedding raises real money for Volunteering Untapped at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Feb. 23.
- Peabody Heights hosts the sixth annual Mac & Cheese Cookoff on Feb. 24, benefitting Moveable Feast.
- Local indie band Raindeer is gearing up to release the album “DreamBeat 17” with a show at Metro Gallery on March 9.