This is a good weekend to meet local businesses, whether it’s on the sidewalk in Hampden or at food truck gathering. Plus, be the first to get on the trails for spring, or check out stand-up comedy or some live music.
Friday, April 12
A Spring Day: 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum. James Farmer, author of “A Time to Plant” and “Sip & Savor,” offers a lecture on design, garden and lifestyle.
Opening Day: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at The Urban Oyster. The new brick-and-mortar spot for the farmer’s market favorite gets up and shucking.
Maryland Food Truck Week Kickoff: 5-9 p.m. at South Point. A half-dozen food trucks rally in Port Covington by the water to ring in a week-long celebration of mobile munchies.
“Radius”: 6-9 p.m. at Gallery CA. Former City Paper photographer Ben Cricchi exhibits a series of pictures recently take on Baltimore streets.
Cris Jacobs Band: 7 p.m. at UNION Craft Brewing. The Baltimore songwriter performs in a show with Adam Wakefield.
Mortified: 7 and 9:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Head to Highlandtown for recitations of teen journals and screeds as told by the original authors.
Christine Vachon: 7-10 p.m. at the Parkway Theatre. The award-winning film producer behind titles like “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Carol” discusses her career. The night kicks off with a screening of her 1998 music drama “Velvet Goldmine.”
Sneakers & Speakers: 7:30-11 p.m. at Motor House. The event highlighting DJs also calls for attendees to show off their best kicks. DJ Allure, James Nasty, DJ Sean J and DJs Tazz and Fomo will all spin, and For Rent Sneakers will host a pop-up.
The Doobie Brothers: 8 p.m. at The Modell Lyric. The ’70s hitmakers behind “It Keeps You Runnin'” and “What a Fool Believes” rock on Mt. Royal.
26th Annual Fashion Benefit Show: April 12 and 13 at MICA. CATALYST features student-made fashion and wearables. The show is sponsored by The Center for Identity and Inclusion and MICA’s Black Student Union.
“Porgy and Bess”: April 12-14 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra joins with the Morgan State University Choir to perform a semi-staged production of Gershwin’s classic sporting all-time hits like “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So.”
Unknown Nobodies: 9 p.m. at Windup Space. The Baltimore duo celebrates the release of “The Perplexed Sky,” joined on the bill by L’Avenir, Lazlo Lee & the Motherless Children and Bombenkinde.
Peelander-Z: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. The Japanese comic punk band stops in Baltimore, with support from Cowabunga Pizza Time, Santa Librada and Infinite Pizza.
“Mass/Rabble”: April 12-14 at the Baltimore War Memorial. Submersive Productions presents an interactive production that examines the movements of bodies of people.
“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead”: Through May 5 at Fells Point Corner Theatre. Tom Stoppard’s postmodern take on “Hamlet” opens in Southeast Baltimore.
“And Baby Makes Seven”: Through April 21 at Strand Theater Company. The regional premiere of Paula Vogel’s play featuring three parents who must make way for their newborn child.
“Blithe Spirit“: Through May 5 at Vagabond Players, Inc. A mystery writer encounters a seance in Coward’s celebrated comic play.
Saturday, April 13
Opening Day for Trails: 9:30 a.m. at Cylburn Arboretum. Get off and trekking for the season with a guided walk along the Jones Falls Trail.
Hampden Sidewalk Sale: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on The Avenue, Falls Road and Chestnut Avenue. The businesses of the North Baltimore neighborhood spill out onto the streets with retro finds, books, clothes and much more.
The 2019 Bike Swap & Social: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Baltimore Streetcar Museum. Baltimore Bicycle Works’ annual get-together on Falls Road has plenty of deals on bikes and parts, plus coffee and food trucks.
Fruit Tree Fair: noon-3 p.m. at Rawlings Conservatory. The tree giveaway doubles as a family-friendly event with poetry and spoken word.
Anniversary Party: noon-7 p.m. at Monument City Brewing Company. Head to the Highlandtown brewery to celebrate with food from blacksauce, a cask tent, Urban Axes, Old Line Spirits and Haven Ballroom. Plus, the release of an anniversary beer.
Grown in Baltimore: 4:30-8:30 p.m. at Whitelock Community Farm. FORCE celebrates those who contributed to the Monument Quilt with food, fellowship and music.
UpBeet Flavor Release Party: 7-11 p.m. at Mobtown Ballroom. Grab a taste of the new offering from Wild Kombucha, plus music from Bedlam Brass and DJ Chris Brooks and food from Pablo’s Toc O’s.
“Sorry to Bother You”: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Museum of Art. The sci-fi comedy film from Boots Riley screens ahead of the director’s talk at the BMA on April 24.
Trevor Noah: Loud and Clear Tour: 8 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. The host of “The Daily Show” stops downtown.
Jim Jefferies: 8 p.m. at the Hippodrome. The Australian comedian makes Baltimore a stop on the Night Talker Tour.
Night Golf on the Harbor: 9 p.m. at Ampersea. Launch biodegradable golf balls in Fells Point and enjoy drink specials.
The Lisa Liu Trio: 8-10 p.m. at Black Cherry Puppet Theatre. Joined by accordionist Dallas Vietty, the gypsy jazz guitarist from Brooklyn plays Pigtown.
Aries Party: 9 p.m. at The Crown. The Blue Room party features DJ Ducky Dynamo, Nikilad and more.
Sunday, April 14
Bulldog Day 2019: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pimlico Race Course. A day at the races features food, vendors, contests and the Running of the Bulls.
University Wide Tailgate: 11 a.m. at Johns Hopkins. Mission BBQ will be on hand ahead of the Blue Jays’ men’s lacrosse matchup with Ohio State.
Behind the Bar: noon-2 p.m. at Bluebird Cocktail Room. The Hampden spot features a behind-the-scenes look at its spring menu with a class and tasting.
Holt Park’s Egg Roll and Extravaganza: noon-3 p.m. The Northeast Baltimore park hosts the spring family event with crafts, games and treats.
QuiltFest: noon-4 p.m. at Maryland Historical Society. The free event marks the opening of a new exhibition titled “Hometown Girl,” with workshops, stories and yoga.
Big Band Sundays: 3 p.m. at Paulie Gee’s. The Hotel Paradise Roof Garden Orchestra performs classics every other Sunday.
Together We Remember: The Future of Baltimore’s Past: 5:30 -8 p.m. at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. The event brings together local leaders to honor victims of violence and discuss the meaning of “never again.” Speakers and performers include Sen. Ben Cardin, Kondwani Fidel, Maj. Monique Brown of the Baltimore Police Department and more.
Baltimore Plays Motown: 6 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Local musicians play the hits from Detroit’s famed R&B label. Performers include Marc Avon Evans, Joi Carter, Black Root, LaFayette Gilchrist, Kevin Jackson and many more.
Bar Shōuji Pop-up: 6 p.m. at Salt Tavern. The purveyor of Chinese-style small plates joins with Old Line Spirits to take over the Butchers Hill dining destination.
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