Thursday, Sept. 8

Dreamseeds: Makerspace and Happy Hour: An afternoon of papermaking, music, meditation, and conversation with Sanahara Ama Chandra and Hannah Brancato to share stories of possibilities for a powerful future. Artworks and conversations from this workshop will be woven together for display as part of the Dreamseeds exhibition. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at City Arts 2, 1700 Greenmount Avenue. 

Racing Forward: Black Athletes, Activism and Justice: A panel discussion with sports analysts on Black athletes and activism in America, with a cocktail reception and the opportunity to self-tour the Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. exhibition. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 East Pratt Street. For more information, go to: or call 443-263-1800.

Open Mic Thursday at Montego Bar and Grille: A night full of good vibes and fun featuring open mic-style entertainment for all singers, rappers, poets, comedians, dancers, and producers. Great Jamaican food and drinks on hand as well as hookah. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Montego Bar and Grille, 1818 North Charles Street. For more information, go to: or call 240-755-4466 

Friday, Sept. 9

Norman Connors and Jean Carn: Two R&B legends are extending an invitation to hear their sultry sounds. Norman Connors, who penned the hit “You Are My Starship,” the baseline of which was sampled by hip-hop group Mobb Deep, joins Jean Carn, whose “Don’t Let it Go To Your Head Now” was produced by the famed Philadelphia songwriting duo Gamble and Huff. In-person and virtual performance. Sept. 9 and 10, 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 11, 5 p.m., at Keystone Korner, 1350 Lancaster Street. For more information, go to: or call 410-946-6726.

Mwenso and the Shakes: Global artists who merge a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro-American music. In-person and virtual performance. 7 p.m. at Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. ($18+) For more information, go to: or call 410-276-1651.

Saturday, Sept. 10

Shiny Fest: Presented by Shiny Boy Press. A festival made to bring communities together by showcasing an eclectic list of Baltimore’s finest artists and performers. Noon to 11:59 p.m. at Le Mondo, 406 North Howard Street. ($8) For more information, go to:

End of Summer Vegan Block Party: The First Annual Vegan Block Party, featuring local vegan food vendors, live music, and a pop-up market. All ages. 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Center Plaza, 120 West Fayette Street. For more information, go to:

Sunday, Sept. 11

The 1619 Project Book Signing: Join Nikole Hannah-Jones and Urban Reads Bookstore for a book signing. 3 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Urban Reads Bookstore, 3008 Greenmount Avenue. For more information, go to: or call 443-552-1094.

Monday, Sept. 12

Writers Live! A.J. Verdelle: Award-winning novelist A.J. Verdelle will discuss her friendship with the late novelist Toni Morrison. In-person and virtual. 7 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral Street. For more information, go to: or call 410-396-5430.

Thursday, Sept. 15

Sip, Puff, and Paint: Get creative and paint your own masterpiece at this BYOB paint night at an art gallery. The Gallery About Nothing, 805 East Baltimore Street. ($28) For more information, call: 410-504-9249

Stephanie Barber presents “Trial in the Woods” in conversation with Alicia Puglionesi: Stephanie Barber’s play “Trial in the Woods” is one part crime procedural and one part fable. It offers a bold retelling of ethics, the efficacy of punitive justice, and our criminal justice system. 7 p.m. at Red Emma’s, 3128 Greenmount Avenue. For more information, go to:

Friday, Sept. 16

Pop-Up and Poetry:  A poetry series dedicated to the synergy of Black lyricism, artists, and space. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Nubian Hueman, 211 West Read Street. ($15) RSVP through Eventbrite.  

Dyke Nite: Queer Homecoming: Order your corsages and start planning your color coordinated outfits with your date (or dates) because it’s a Queer Homecoming! Sounds by DJs WebbieWeb and JacqJill playing 2000s throwback hits all night long. 21 years of age and up. Masks are required. 10 p.m. at Ottobar, 2549 North Howard Street. ($10). For more information, go to: or call 410-662-0069.

Saturday, Sept. 17

Object Dive—Material Activism: Art-Making Virtual Workshop: Virtually examine and discuss the use of photography as activist art historically and in contemporary forms. Work with local artist Deyane Moses of Blackives to create your own form of activist art. Virtual. 10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Free; Registration is required.) For more information, go to: or call 410-685-3750.

Locust Point Festival 2022: Festival is back for 2022. 11:30 a.m. at Latrobe Park, 1627 East Fort Avenue.

Tidal Shift: Dance series at Le Mondo curated by resident artist Noelle Tolbert featuring new and in-progress dance pieces from regional movers and dance-makers. 8:00 p.m. at Le Mondo, 406 North Howard Street. ($12 + $0.30 fee) For more information, go to:

Butter: House music party featuring the sounds of DJs and producers Afropino, Ed Ridgley, and Stylo. 9 p.m. at The Crown Baltimore, 1910 North Charles Street ($5-$25). For more information, go to: or call 410-625-4848.

Astrology for Black Girls Storytime and Workshop: Join Greedy Reads for a special storytime and interactive workshop with Jordannah Elizabeth, author of “Astrology For Black Girls: A Beginner’s Guide for Black Girls Who Look to the Stars.” 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Greedy Reads-Remington, 320 West 29th Street. For more information, go to: or call 410-878-0184.

The Beautiful and the Damned Opening Reception: Exhibition exploring beauty as imagined through the lens of three African American women artists whose artwork challenges the notions and standards of beauty. Curated by Myrtis Bedolla and featuring artwork by Lavett Ballard, Monica Ikegwu, and Megan Lewis. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Galerie Myrtis, 2224 North Charles Street. For more information, go to: or call 410-235-3711. 

Sunday, Sept. 18

Abell Community Street Fair: Food trucks, music, crafts and a silent auction are highlights of the Abell Community Street Fair, held in the pocket neighborhood tucked between Charles Village and Waverly. Vendors and musicians will line Barclay Street between 29th and 31st Street, and 30th Street from Barclay Street to Greenmount Avenue. Noon to 5 p.m For more information, go to:

Tuesday, Sept. 20

Pusha T: The cocaine concierge gets behind the wheel of the caravan (he probably drives something much nicer now) on his way up to Maryland — Baltimore, to be specific. The king of coke rap comes to town for his It’s Almost Dry Tour. 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place. ($37.50 will get you in the game) For more information, go to: or call: 410-244-0057.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Prince: Sign O’ the Times: If I was your girlfriend, I would ask you to take me to see the screening of Prince’s 1987 concert movie Sign O’ The Times at The Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. Screenings Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., Sept. 25 at 10 a.m., and Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. For more information, go to: ​​ or call 410-323-4424.

Lisa Snowden is Editor-in-Chief and cofounder of Baltimore Beat. Previously, she was an editor at Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore Sun, and The Real News Network. Her work has also appeared in Essence,...