Squeakness, a Mermaid's Kiss and Cherry Hill Arts: the best of Baltimore's A&E scene this week

The Pigtown Festival and its annual Squeakness race is set for Sept. 22 in the 700-900 blocks of Washington Boulevard.

Pigtown Festival

Showing how far it’s come since the days when it was a way station for pigs headed to slaughter, Pigtown throws its annual street party, complete with food and drink, arts and crafts tables, a kids’ zone and music — from The Players Band, The Crawdaddies and Terry “Big T” Williams. And, of course, there’s the glory that is Squeakness, a series of porcine hoof races (at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.) that should probably be even more renowned than it is. Noon-7 p.m. Sept. 22 in the 700-900 blocks of Washington Boulevard. Free.

SZA is among the artists scheduled to perform at the Trillectro music festival Sept. 22 at Merriweather Post Pavilion.


A music festival awash in rap, R&B and electronic dance music. Enjoy performances from headliner SZA, as well as 2 Chainz, RL Grime, Young Thug, Playboi Carti, The Internet, Smokepurpp, Rico Nasty, Maxo Kream and some 20 more acts. Now that’s a line-up. 1 p.m. Sept. 22 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. $60-$199.


Charm City Night Market

A nighttime block party bringing together musicians, artists, food vendors, storytellers and cultural ambassadors, sponsored by Baltimore’s The Chinatown Collective. 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 22 in Historic Chinatown, along the 200 block of Park Avenue.

Anthony Jeselnik

Funny, but challenging, stuff, as the one-time host of “The Jeselnik Offensive” on Comedy Central brings his “Funny Games” tour to the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. 8 p.m. Sept. 20. $35.*

Mermaid’s Kiss Oyster Fest

Organizers promise “mermaids galore,” which should prove quite the sight. Perhaps more important, there will be plenty of oysters as well, prepared any way you like them. With music from Pressing Strings, a silent auction, an open bar and more. Proceeds benefit Oyster Recovery Partnership and its efforts to build a healthy and sustainable native oyster population. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. $105.

The Michael Jackson tribute act Who's Bad will perform Sept. 22 as part of the Casey Cares Rock 'N' Roll Bash at Power Plant Live.

Casey Cares Rock ‘N’ Roll Bash

Music from the Michael Jackson tribute act Who’s Bad and the AC/DC tribute band High Voltage, with proceeds going to Casey Cares and its mission of helping critically ill children and their families. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Rams Head Live, 34 Market Place. $40-$100.

The second annual Cherry Hill Arts & Music Festival takes place Sept. 22 in Middle Branch Park.

Cherry Hill Arts and Music Festival

A community celebration with music from Mykal Rose, Navasha Daya, Aaron Abernathy and DJ Mighty Mark, plus food, arts and crafts, a children’s village and a fall equinox drum circle at 2 p.m. Noon-9 p.m. Sept. 22 at Middle Branch Park, 3301 Waterview Ave. Free. Event name on

‘Repurposed With Purpose: Meaning in the Materials of Making’

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More than 40 artists work in reused and combined materials “creating impactful works of art that speak to social and political issues facing the world today.” An exhibit curated by former Baltimore Museum of Art head Doreen Bolger. An opening reception is set for 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 20, with the exhibit remaining on view through Nov. 10 at Maryland Art Place, 218 W. Saratoga St. Free.

Flip Flop Festivus

Ring out summer on its last night with dining, dancing, a live auction and music courtesy of DJ Lyndon “Smoky” Lansdowne. 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Harbor East’s Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, 200 International Drive. $125. Benefits the Life and Breath Foundation. Tickets through

Trudy Babchak's "Solitude" is part of the "Labor Of Art" exhibition on display Sept. 16-Oct. 13 at Max Gallery.

‘Labor of Art: A Nod to the Work Ethic of Five Maryland Artists’

Works from five of the area’s hardest-working artists — James DuSel, Trudy Babchak, Scott Philip Goergens, M. Voelker and Jarek Sparaco, all “driven to continually make and produce” — are featured in an exhibition at Max Gallery, 126 N. Madeira St. An opening reception is set for 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16, and it will remain on view through Oct. 13. Gallery hours are 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Fridays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays. Free.

*An earlier version of this story listed incorrect information for ticket availability to the Anthony Jeselnik show. Tickets are available for $35.