Bring your parrots and swashbuckling attire and make like a pirate. (Yes, we know there's a difference between pirates and privateers, but indulge us.) Lusty singing, living history of the seafaring variety and food. Plank-walking optional. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 17 in Fells Point, around the foot of Broadway. Free. fellspointmainstreet.org.
"The tastiest treats from around the country." Some 100 food folks in all, from Alma Cocina Latina to Woot! Granola. We're talking seriously good eatin'. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 17. 600 E. Pratt St., third floor. $15-$40. theemporiyum.com.
For those who see their body as a canvas, this may be the best weekend of the year — a chance to not only have a few more colorful images embroidered onto your skin, but to show off all the artwork you've already collected. Tattoos of every size, shape and color — from your girlfriend's phone number to your boyfriend's smile to your favorite sports team's logo (we hear Orioles are especially popular this time of year) — will be taking over the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Scores of artists will be doing amazing things with ink, tattoo contests will be run and sideshow entertainers will be performing stunts you won't believe. 2 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. next Sunday. $20 per day, $40 for a three-day pass; free for kids under 12. villainarts.com.
Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago
The chance to hear live versions of "Serpentine Fire" and "25 or 6 to 4" on the same bill? How can we pass this up? The groups' Heart and Soul 2.0 tour hits Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. $36.50-$122.50. royalfarmsarena.com.
Three big-time parties, all helping the Creative Alliance celebrate its 21st birthday (about time it came of age) Saturday, complete with food, dance, live music, art and who knows what else. The VIP Starship Dinner, honoring retiring U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski and activist Lea Gilmore, runs 5:30 p.m.-midnight (which includes the night's other two parties). $250. Leeloo's Lounge Party, featuring live music from Black Alley and a Super Art Fight, starts at 7:30 p.m. $90 (includes entrance to the next party). And the Deep Space Dance Party, with music from Black Alley (plus a cosmos-themed photo booth) starts at 9:30 p.m. $30-$40. 3134 Eastern Ave. creativealliance.org.
A brother and sister hosting late-night parties in their basement in downtown Detroit in 1967 have to deal with the era's racial tensions and tinderbox atmosphere in this drama by Dominique Morisseau and performed by Center Stage. In previews now, opens Friday and runs through May 8 at Towson University's Mainstage Theatre, in the Center for the Arts at 1 Fine Arts Drive. $10-$69. centerstage.org.
Three witches, a severed head and a madwoman who can't wash the blood off her hands — "Macbeth" is The Bard at his best. In previews Wednesday and Thursday, opens Friday and runs through May 15 at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St. $15-$49. chesapeakeshakespeare.com.
Baltimore's mayoral candidates gather on stage not to debate, but to connect with the electorate in a different way — by talking about their first time being gainfully employed. Don't you wish the presidential candidates had tried this? 7 p.m. Wednesday (6 p.m. for food trucks and music) at the War Memorial, 101 N. Gay St. Free (advance registration suggested). stoopstorytelling.com.
'BMORE than the Story'
Teens from the Augusta Fells Savage Institute of Visual Arts talk about their experiences during last year's unrest, through performances and a community forum. A reception follows. 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. The accompanying exhibit will be on view at the museum through Aug. 28. Included with $6-$8 museum admission. lewismuseum.org.
Along with O's opening day and FlowerMart, this student-run festival is one of the surest signs that spring has arrived in Baltimore. Includes a near-constant stream of live music, food aplenty, arts and crafts, plus kids' activities. Noon-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 17 on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St. Free. jhuspringfair.com.