Five things to eat, drink, see, hear, and do with your Charm City weekend.
Feb. 15-23: Big Mama's Asian Kitchen Pop-Up
R. House, 301 W. 29th St. Times vary.
As if you needed an excuse to get to R. House this weekend, the local food hall will feature its first pop-up with Big Mama’s Asian Kitchen, a spinoff of the signature Asian-fusion fare from the fellas at Ekiben. The Fells Point joint—Vogue famous for its savory steamed buns and rice bowls—will bring two uniquely delicious dishes to Remington regulars for a week full of flavor. Try the flaky chive turnovers and fried shrimp noodle bowls with caramelized shallots and fresh shaved, salt-cured egg yolk, and then transport to your happy place.
Feb. 18: Brew Valley Beer Walk
Birroteca, 1520 Clipper Road, 12-5 p.m. $55.
This Saturday only, walking while intoxicated in Hampden/Woodberry will be permitted (and encouraged). Join the local brew scene Birroteca, Union Craft Brewing, and Nepenthe Homebrew for Baltimore’s first beer walk through “Brew Valley” along the Jones Falls. Start the day with a three-course Evolution Craft beer pairing lunch at Birroteca then make your way to Nepenthe Homebrew to see how it’s done in small stature, and end at Union Craft Brewing to learn how beer is made on a statewide scale. While it’s not included on the tour, end your night under the antlers of nearby Waverly Brewing, with Golden Sombrero blondes, Pappas pale ales, and Local Oyster stouts flowing all night.
Feb. 18-May 19: The Ground by Michael Jones McKean
Hutzler’s, 200 N. Howard St. Thu.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 410-756-0397. contemporary.org.
There are few artistic institutions in Baltimore more avant-garde and awe-inspiring than The Contemporary. In recent years, the nomadic gallery has presented mesmerizing, mind-bending, and moving projects, showcasing the power of art through alternative exhibits. For its first 2017 show, delve into The Ground, a solo commission by New York-based artist Michael Jones McKean, who has transformed the historic Hutzler’s department store into a massive labyrinth and metaphor on “place.” Through replicas, dioramas, and scenes, he explores dichotomies and turns time on its head, merging past and present, human and nonhuman, and material and digital into a future yet to be seen.
Feb. 17: Strong City Stoop Stories: The Immigrant Experience
The University of Baltimore Student Center, Wright Theater, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave., 7-9 p.m. $30.
With controversial travel bans and unexpected ICE raids sweeping the country, there’s no more important time to celebrate America’s rich immigrant population and long-standing heritage. For one night, join Stoop Storytelling to listen to personal stories of human experience and struggle as told by local immigrants. Whatever your origin or upbringing, stop and listen to what it’s like to move to a new country where the rules are different, the landscape is unfamiliar, and the language is foreign. To celebrate Charm City’s collection of global cultures, there will be a pre-show “Taste The World” featuring inspired dishes and drinks from around the globe, followed by a post-show chocolate and coffee tasting to hopefully inspire further conversation.
Feb. 18: Wax & Wane Fiber's Indigo Dye Party for FORCE
The Motor House, 120 N. Ave., 1-3 p.m. $15.
We’ve been spoiled into thinking winter might almost be over with a recent influx in warm days and sunny skies, but boy were we wrong. With flurries and frigid temperatures still upon us, warm up for a good cause with Wax & Wane Fiber at Motor House this weekend. Bring silk scarves, t-shirts, pillowcases, or open fabrics for wall hangings and let the sun-drenched studio inspire your artistic side as you create beautiful indigo dyes and designs to benefit FORCE, a local nonprofit that uses art to upset rape culture, support assault survivors, and promote a counter-culture of consent.