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January 17, 2011

The week in nightlife: Jan. 17 - 23, free MLK events, We Used to be Family, Chris Webby at Sonar

A week that starts with a day off work is a good week. Today, there's a bunch of stuff happening in honor of the holiday, and the rest of the week isn't half bad either, with a comedy night, a couple of shows at Metro Gallery, and, of course, the Midnight Sun mixer. 

On Monday, the American Visionary Museum is free in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Abu the Flutemaker and Batala Washington are scheduled to perform. Museum opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring will show free screenings of "King: a filmed record" at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Also: chamber ensemble Opus Nine performs at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St.

On Tuesday, Wham City inaugurates its monthly comedy night at the Zodiac. $5 tickets sold at the door. 1726 N. Charles St.

On Wednesday the B-52s perform at the 9:30 Club. Let's hope Fred Schneider wears a gold lame jacket.  Tickets, at $45, are sold at

On Thursday, come to Don't Know Tavern for the first Midnight Sun mixer of 2011! 1455 Light St.

On Friday, the punk rock n' rollers the Fishnet Stalkers perform at Sidebar. Tickets are $7 on Instrumental band We Used to be Family performs at Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St. Tickets are $8. And the tiny Charm City Art Space hosts Baltimore's Eureka Birds, Maryland's Weird Feelings, and a couple of out of state bands: New Brunswick's the Ugly Club and Philadelphia's the National Rifle. 1731 Maryland Ave. DuClaw Brewing has a double dry hopped Black Locust Venom for its Friday Firkin event, available at the Bel Air, Bowie and Arundel Mills locations. Also: Baltimore restaurant week begins today.

On Saturday, Metro Gallery favorites Sick Sick Birds perform. Doors to the pop-punk show open at 8 p.m.

On Sunday, College MC Chris Webby plays Sonar, 407 E. Saratoga St. Tickets are going for $14 in advance. Catch a preview here.

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Posted by Erik Maza at 9:00 AM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Nightlife Pocket Guide


Midnight Sun appreciation this Thursday, complimentary drinks and draft for everybody coming to the mixer for the first hour from 7-8pm.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

Midnight Sun covers Baltimore music, live entertainment, and nightlife news. On the blog, you'll find, among other things, concert announcements, breaking news, bars closings and openings, up-to-date coverage of crime in nightlife, new music, round-the-clock coverage of Virgin Mobile FreeFest, handy guides on bars staying open past 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve and those that carry Natty Boh on draft. Recurring features include seven-day nightlife guides, Concert News, guest reviews of bars and concerts, Wednesday Corkboard, and photo galleries, as well as reader-submitted photos. Thanks for reading.

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