On The Town

Weekend Lineup: May 12-14

The best things to do in Baltimore this weekend.

Five things to eat, drink, see, hear, and do with your Charm City weekend.

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May 12: Blacksauce Kitchen + Ekiben Collaboration

Union Craft Brewing, 1700 Union Ave. 6-10 p.m. Free.

In a collaboration that pairs two of Baltimore’s paramount food purveyors, farmers’ market-famous biscuit bosses Blacksauce Kitchen and Asian street food bun brothers Ekiben will come together for an epicurean experience we didn’t know we needed until now. In fact, the former inspired the latter to get into the business all those years ago in Fells Point. This weekend, at the time of the event, the two eateries unveil their mouthwatering menu that pays homage to the iconic Baltimore chicken box. And, of course, we’re always in for an ice-cold Duckpin.

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May 13: Maryland Craft Beer Festival 

Carroll Creek Linear Park, 44 South Market St., Frederick. 12-5 p.m. $Free-50.

For one day only, all of our favorite Maryland brewers (and even some who are not yet known to the public) will gather together for a Saturday festival in Frederick that features more than 180 local craft beers. Rain or shine, you can expect staples like The Brewer’s Art, Evolution Brewing, Flying Dog, and Heavy Seas, with sneak previews from soon-to-open newcomers like Barnwerk Farm Brewery and Frederick’s own Midnight Run Brewing. There will also be live music, crafts, and grub from local eateries to go along with all those suds. 

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May 13: Ali Wong

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St. 7 p.m. $58.

Ali Wong never takes a break from comedy and even filmed her first standup special while almost eight months pregnant (now available on Netflix). But the young comic is no newbie, having performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Chelsea Lately. Catch her hilariously inappropriate humor at the Hippodrome with an arsenal of rants about sex, motherhood, and racism. 

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May 13: Ryan Adams

Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. 7:30 p.m. $40-55. 

Ryan Adams may have won us over in decades past with albums like Heartbreaker and Love Is Hell, but if last year’s 1989 Taylor Swift cover album is any indication, the alt-rocker has still got it. Catch his heartfelt, angst-riddled sound this weekend at Merriweather with new songs from his latest, Prisoner, hopefully a few oldies (like “Hallelujah” and “New York, New York”), and opening act Jenny Lewis.

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May 13: Pile of Craft

St. John’s United Methodist Church, 2640 St. Paul St., 10 a.m.-5 p.m

If you still haven’t found a gift for Mom (seriously, no judgment), head to the annual Pile of Craft show this Saturday where more than 50 local vendors will be hawking their handcrafted goods. If you’re too old to give mom an I-O-U breakfast in bed or construction paper chore coupon, be creative with presents, home goods, or even treat-yourself tidbits from Annie Howe Papercuts, Row House 14 card company, the ever-spicy Huckle’s Sauce, and the always-appreciated Pure Chocolate by Jinji, to name a few.