Happening Saturday: 'Después de la Frontera/After the Border,' T Zander, and more

-"Después de la Frontera/After the Border": You don’t often hear the stories of immigrants, undocumented or otherwise, living in Baltimore—probably has something to do with the fact that if their status gets out, Donald Trump will descend from the sky and literally boot them out of the country, not to mention the language barrier. But those stories can be shared more safely and accessibly through art, so the Creative Alliance’s latest exhibition displays work that communicates stories from locals who fled their homes in Central America. Aug. 22-Sept. 26, reception Aug. 22 6-8 p.m., Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org, free. (Maura Callahan)

-T Zander: A long, long time ago kiddos, the combination of a gruff hip-hop delivery with the smoothed-out crooning of R&B was dismissed by purists as "rap and bullshit," and you know what, those purists still probably call it that, but hip-hop has moved on and even so-called "rap and bullshit" has gotten more complicated, especially as of late, with ostensible singers such as August Alsina, Trey Songz, and Fetty Wap bringing some of rap's lived-in intensity to R&B. Following in that relatively recent tradition is T Zander, a streets-oriented neo-soulster from Northeast Baltimore. If you've gotten a chance to hear Young Moose's new mixtape, "Moose Leroy," you heard T Zander rap and sing on a few tracks, including a breezy verse on the 'Summer Madness'-esque 'Rolling.' From there, check out some of T Zander's solo tracks, such as the Bobby Brown-gone-EDM track, 'Do What U Gotta Do,' and the acoustic guitar slow jam, 'Tombstone.' 3:30 p.m., Security Square Mall (Atrium), 6901 Security Blvd., (410) 265-6000, securitysquare.com, free. (Brandon Soderberg)

-Dark Blue, Birth (Defects), The Holy Circle, Retired, Jail Solidarity: Made up of members of bands such as Clockcleaner, Ceremony, and Purling Hiss, Philadelphia's Dark Blue make buzzy, snarling post-punk with some of the relatively posi guitar soar of hardcore in there as well. We're a real big fan of its 2014 7-inch 'Just Another Night With The Boys,' especially the B-side, 'Hungry For Love,' a John Cale cover that's full of Hüsker Dü buzz and Ian Curtis-like howls. As Chuck D once declared, B-side wins again, though, hey, the title track, a Berlin Bowie mope-pop track about soccer hooligans, is pretty great, too. To be clear: There's a whole lot of obvious name-dropping happening here, though that's more an entryway into Dark Blue's sound—a kind of "RIYL"—than a laundry list of shit they sound just like because that isn't the case, especially the singular singing of Dark Blue vocalist John Sharkey III. Also on the bill: Sean Gray's Birth (Defects), Terence Hannum and Erica Burgner-Hannum's The Holy Circle, and Retired and Jail Solidarity. 8 p.m., The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., theottobar.com, (410) 662-0069, $8. (Brandon Soderberg)

-From the Short List: Swedish metal band Ghost gives an in-store performance at The Sound Garden at 2 p.m. D.C. honky-tonk combo Karen Collins & The Backroads Band perform at The Cabaret at Germano's. The 1st Annual Wounded Warrior Benefit Concert at Pier Six Pavilion features Baltimore favorites Crack The Sky and The Ravyns. Maryland Folk Fest presents folk and pagan metal bands Aether Realm, Sekengard, Isenmor, Throne Of Wilderness, and more at the Metro Gallery. Baltimore County indie-pop band Parallel Heights play Rams Head Live with Hollow Party, Over Andover, and more. D.C. funk/rock band Moonliscious plays Fish Head Cantina with Rooster And The Renegades. R&B singer-songwriter Anthony David performs at Baltimore Soundstage. Darius Rucker continues his successful second act as a country solo act at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Brett Eldredge. Georgia indie vets of Montreal perform at the Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick. Don't miss: True Vine presents a performance by Mali's Sidy Maiga and Afrimanding at The Gallery, with a DJ set of Afro-Latin beats by Jason Willett. (Al Shipley)

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