Don't ruin your tires - hoof it to The Avenue for March events [Hampden]

Springtime is slowly creeping into Hampden, so you know what that means? You guessed it! The return of water pipe obstructions.

And since this is a neighborhood-wide, much needed infrastructure upgrade, you can bet it's coming soon to a block near you. Be careful out there, those things are tire eaters.

But then, we live in Hampden, one of the most walkable neighborhoods in Baltimore City. Here are some events worth hoofin' it to. 

Hometown band Future Islands recently blew up big time after an incredible performance on "The Late Show With David Letterman" — further fueled by Letterman gushing about how much he loved them. They have a brand new record, "Singles," out this week. To celebrate, a listening party was scheduled March 26 at the Eightbar behind Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, with copies of the new record available (vinyl only).

On March 29, from 1-4 p.m. at the Wine Source, 3601 Elm Ave., there will be a craft bourbon tasting as Copper Kettle and FEW Bourbon let customers sample their triple grain whiskeys.  

Gallery 788, 3602 Hickory Ave., pits New York against Baltimore in its NYC vs. BMORE group art show Thursday, April 3, 7-11 p.m. On the New York side will be artwork by Conrad Carlson, Zev Deans, Todd Fisher, Ian Vanek, Chris Stain, SWOON, IMMINENT DISASTER and UFO.

And on the Baltimore side, there's work by Alyssa Dennis, Dan Dudrow, Adam Estes, Alex Fine, Alex French, Barbara Gruber, OSIRIS, Katie Pumphrey, Yuki Ueda and Al Zaruba.

Friday, April 4 is First Friday in Hampden. To celebrate, Eightbar will be hosting The Big Little Art Show opening reception from 7-10PM. This is a community style salon style art show featuring pieces of work 5 inches x 7 inches and smaller. The show runs through April. Artists include Jim Lasher, Gary Kachadourian, Whitney Sherman, Alix Tobey Southwick, Stephen Blickenstaff and Nick "Ghostfreehood" Borkowicz.

And the same night, back over at Gallery 788, there will be the Feast Your Eyes benefit variety show, 7-10 p.m., with proceeds going to Moveable Feast. Tickets are $10 at the door. Inside you'll find belly dancing! Burlesque! Magic! Tap dancing! And more! The show features Bagoas, Ezra Lefko, Lula Moon, Kitty Bermuda, Christina Potis and Dave Barry, Shaggy Wilcox, The Moxie Fords, Sarah Strahorn and Silence Kid. 

But you can really start things off right earlier, by heading up to the Wine Source from 4:30-7 p.m., for a Saranac Beer tasting. And then head on down to The Avenue and make a night of it.

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