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Artscape, Foodscape and hot dogs galore: the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week

Artscape, the nation's largest free arts festival, returns to Baltimore July 20-22.
Artscape, the nation's largest free arts festival, returns to Baltimore July 20-22. (Michael Ares / Baltimore Sun)

Artscape The nation’s biggest free arts festival is back for its 37th edition — always one of the highlights of Baltimore’s summer. Enjoy dozens of art installations, scores of artists showing off and selling their work, all sorts of food and bonhomie. New this year: Friday’s Youth Day, focusing on performances and visual art by young people, and a “Silent Disco” in the 1300 block of Mount Royal Ave., with headphones so people can listen to music no one else can hear. Free pedicab rides, too! 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 20-21, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. July 22 in the area roughly bounded by Charles Street and Mount Royal and North avenues. artscape.org.

Foodscape opens at Mount Royal Tavern July 15.
Foodscape opens at Mount Royal Tavern July 15. (Handout photo)

Foodscape What began as a protest of the food-centric nature of the early Artscapes has become a tradition nearly as old as the festival itself. Featuring food-themed work from Matt Bovie, Jim Burger, Katy Clark, Lania D’ Agostino, James Hennessey, Sydney Hopkins, Minas Konsolas, J. Kelly Lane, Kevin Lynch, Richard Roth, Ronald Russell, Shannon Strong, and Laura Vernon-Russell. Opens at 5:30 p.m. July 15 at the Mount Royal Tavern, 1204 W. Mount Royal Ave., and remains on display through July 29. events.mica.edu.

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Out of the Park Summer Picnic Enjoy dinner ($3 hot dogs will be available, plus drinks) and hobnobbing with representatives from some of Charm City’s favorite museums and historic sites. Hosted by Baltimore National Heritage Area and the Greater Baltimore History Alliance. 5 p.m.-7 p.m. July 19 at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum, 216 Emory St. Free. baltimoremuseums.org.

A hot dog-eating contest is set for July 18 at Ripley's Believe It or Not at the Inner Harbor.
A hot dog-eating contest is set for July 18 at Ripley's Believe It or Not at the Inner Harbor. (Mary Altaffer / AP)

National Hot Dog Day Speaking of hot dogs. Ripley’s Believe It or Not, 301 Light St. in Harborplace, will celebrate the great(est?) American food invention with a hot dog-eating contest at noon July 18. Register to compete at ripleys.com/baltimore (you could win prizes!) or just stop by to watch the gluttony.

The 25th annual Howard County Pow-Wow/American Indian Show and Festival will be at the Howard County Fairgrounds July 21-22.
The 25th annual Howard County Pow-Wow/American Indian Show and Festival will be at the Howard County Fairgrounds July 21-22. (Daniel Kucin Jr. / Baltimore Sun)

Howard County Pow-Wow/American Indian Show and Festival Dancers, singers, drummers, artists and craftspeople gather for a weekend devoted to American Indian culture. Participating tribes include the Haliwa-Saponi, Piscataway, Chickahominy, Rappahannock, Cherokee, Sioux, Iroquois, Lumbee, Navajo and more. Begins with a grand entry parade at noon July 21, then continues until 7 p.m. July 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 22 at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road in West Friendship. $7-$10, free for kids 2 and under. calendar.powwows.com.

John Moreland The Texas-born singer-songwriter takes to the stage at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. If you’re lucky, he’ll play a lot of stuff from his latest album, 2017’s “Big Bad Luv.” 8 p.m. July 16. $20-$23. creativealliance.org.

‘Maren Hassinger: The Spirit of Things’ Abstract compositions, videos and documentary photographs from the New York-based artist exploring “the relationships between the industrial and natural worlds.” Opens July 18 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, where it will remain through Nov. 25. Free. artbma.org.

Brendon Urie and Panic at the Disco! performs July 21 at Royal Farms Arena.
Brendon Urie and Panic at the Disco! performs July 21 at Royal Farms Arena. (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images)

Panic! at the Disco The Las Vegas-based pop rockers and their Pray for the Wicked Tour touch down at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Expect lots of fresh music: The album was released less than a month ago, and they’ll only have been on tour for 10 days. 7 p.m. July 21. $32.75-$72.75. royalfarmsarena.com.

Coheed and Cambria will performs at MECU Pavilion July 15, along with Taking Back Sunday.
Coheed and Cambria will performs at MECU Pavilion July 15, along with Taking Back Sunday. (Michael Stewart / Getty Images)

Coheed and Cambria & Taking Back Sunday So much good rock, all from one stage. 6:30 p.m. July 15 at MECU Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. $34.50-$64.50. livenation.com.

‘The Pirates of Penzance’ Gilbert and Sullivan’s tale of an ex-pirate (with an unfortunate birthday) and the woman he loves (the daughter of the very model of a modern major general). Presented by The Hypocrites, a Chicago-based theater company. Opens July 15 and runs through Aug. 17 at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road. (For even more G&S, check out “H.M.S. Pinafore,” playing through Aug. 19.) $30-$74. olneytheatre.org.

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