The lowdown: The Chick Webb Jazz Combo Competition honors the legacy of Baltimore's Chick Webb, whose performances as a jazz drummer made him the premier drummer of the swing era. Several performers are slated to compete, including Phil Ravita Jazz Group, David McGarvey Trio, Bay Jazz Project, The Lionel Lyles Quintet and Todd Marcus Quintet.
If you go: The competition is Saturday at the Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. Performances run 3 p.m.-5 p.m., and the winner will perform at Artscape on Sunday. Call 877-225-8466 or go to artscape.org and click on "performances."
The play's the thing
The lowdown: Experience the new and old and the contemporary and the classic at Artscape's theater showcase. Plays include Constructed, The Champ, One Particular Saturday, Excerpts From Variations of Power, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Bent Twig and The Birth of Peace: Increase the Peace for a Nu World.
If you go: Plays are scheduled Saturday and Sunday at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. The shows are free, but guests are limited to four free tickets each. The box office opens two hours before each show. Call 877-225-8466 or go to artscape.org and click on "performances."
Green food court
The lowdown: This year's Artscape will include an array of sustainable and organic food vendors and information about recycling. Among the vendors are Dangerously Delicious Pies, Station North Arts Cafe, Succor Smoothies, Swiff Salads, Tea Love, Yabba Pot and Zia's.
If you go: The food court will be set up in the 1700 block of N. Charles St. It will be open throughout the festival. Call 877-225-8466 or go to artscape.org and click on "exhibitors and neighbors."