April 12: The Urban Oyster Opening
The Urban Oyster, 1704 Whetstone Way. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free.
After seeing the lines to knock back local chef Jasmine Norton’s char-grilled oysters during her pop-ups at R. House and farmers’ markets across town, we knew it was only a matter of time before the locally loved seafood vendor became a brick-and-mortar mainstay. This Friday, celebrate the opening of this McHenry Row eatery with Norton’s famous oysters along with shrimp tacos, fried cod sandwiches, and a wide range of local beverages. In between bites, snap an Instagram-worthy photo under oyster canvas paintings by Annapolis artist Kim Hovell.
April 13: Monument City Anniversary Party
Monument City Brewing Company, 1 N. Haven St. 12-7 p.m. Free.
From the viral search-and-rescue of its resident cat to releasing beers to benefit Trash Free Maryland and Blue Water Baltimore, Monument City Brewing has had one hell of a year. To kick off its third year of slinging brews in Highlandtown, the popular hangout spot is throwing a hyper-local party with onsite axe-throwing with Urban Axes, sips from Old Line Spirits, eats by Blacksauce Kitchen, and live music by Mark Hopkins & the Pretty War and Swampcandy. Grab a glass of Monument City’s anniversary Hefeweizen, The Gusto, and toast to another year of top-notch brews.
April 14-May 31: A Passing Scene
Area 405, 405 E. Oliver St. 5-8 p.m. Free.
Through the end of May, the theater-like space of Area 405 will be transformed into an exhibition that explores the experience of parting through photographs, installations, films, and archives. Nine artists contributed works that draw inspiration from their family history and cultural heritage, creating diverse scenes of immigration, dislocation, atomic warfare, and the Holocaust. Following an opening reception on Sunday, visitors can stay engaged with the exhibition through artist-led tours, film screenings, and a de-installation experience throughout its run.
April 13: Trevor Noah
Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. 8 p.m. $40-96.
You’ve seen him host The Daily Show. You’ve read his book, Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Now, hear Trevor Noah perform his standup comedy act live at Royal Farms Arena during this one-night stop on his Loud & Clear tour. Laugh along with this award-winning comedian as he mixes political and personal jabs in this set that will leave you still thinking about it on the way home.
April 13: Hampden Sidewalk Sale
W. 36th St. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
This Saturday, Hampden is hosting the mother-of-all sidewalk sales. Shop for everything from vintage and retro furniture to jewelry, books, and other oddities during this one-day extravaganza that will span the entire business district of this always-buzzing neighborhood. Once you’re all shopped out, stop by new neighborhood spots like Nepenthe Brewing Company or TigerStyle to refuel for the night ahead.