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Maryland Film Festival, Kinetic Sculpture, Flowermart and more of our faves this (busy) week in 10spot

1. Maryland Film Festival
This weekend, you could go see "Sucker Punch" and lose brain cells or you could go to a movie that's actually worth watching. There are dozens to choose from at the Maryland Film Festival, which runs from Thursday to Sunday at various locations. A highly touted western, "Meek's Cutoff" (left), is probably the festival's best-known film. Most tickets are $10. md-filmfest.com Luke Broadwater, b

2. Mother's Day 

Here's your reminder to call/text/Facebook-message/tweet — or you know, actually go visit — your lovely mother Sunday. Treat her to brunch or send her that Kindle gift card — she deserves it. And Mom, if you're somehow reading this in Florida, I love you! Wesley Case, b

3. First Thursday
It's about time, WTMD. I know you wait until the weather gets nice for your awesome free outdoor concert series, but I'm an impatient man. First up: the Damnwells, Harper Blynn and April Smith and the Great Picture Show, doing their thing amongst good food, drink and people (and their pets) at Mount Vernon Park. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. wtmd.org Jordan Bartel, b

4. 'Fringe' season finale
It's hard to understand why more people don't watch "Fringe," but I know I'll be watching as this sci-fi show's amazing third season wraps up. 9 p.m. Friday, WBFF/Fox. Kate McGonigle, b

5. 'Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?'
The answer is yes because I definitely have an unhealthy obsession with having lip balm on me at all times. But this book by Perry Romanowski has so much more. Scientists answer questions about cosmetics and other products you probably wondered about at some point. Available now in paperback and on Kindle. Marissa Gallo, b

6. Flowermart
After so much un-springlike weather, I could really use some flowers and sunshine ... and lemon sticks. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday around the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon. flowermart.org Marissa Gallo, b

7. Kinetic Sculpture Race
It's a dog? It's a boat? It's a bike? It's a kinetic sculpture! Creativity meets function, when participants race their beastly creations through Baltimore to the finish. Race starts 10 a.m. Saturday. AVAM, 800 Key Highway. kineticbaltimore.com Jasmine Wiggins, b

8. John Sayles book release party
Filmmaker John Sayles is in town for the upcoming release of his monumental new novel, "A Moment in the Sun," which spans five decades and a dozen countries. Yup, I meant "monumental" when I said it. Get your copy signed and hear a Sayles reading 7-9 p.m. Thursday. Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road. Free. atomicbooks.com Jordan Bartel, b

9. Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues
This album may be the soundtrack of my summer (and year), with the Seattle-based indie-folkies offering up such beauties as "Bedouin Dress" and the gorgeous title track. The hype matches the output; catch them live at DAR on May 15. Album out Tuesday. Jordan Bartel, b

10. After Hours:Photography Late Night

Sounds scandalous, Baltimore Museum of Art! Actually, this event's inspired by the BMA's latest exhibition, "Seeing Now: Photography Since 1960" (above). Expect 1960s music, drinks, film and workshops. And lots of photo shoots. How mod. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Friday. 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. artbma.org Jordan Bartel, b

Photos by Oscilloscope ("Meek's Cutoff") and The Baltmore Sun (Flowermart)

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