Happening Saturday: Splace scape, Artscape, Ratscape, and more

-The ABC’s of Cults and Secret Societies with Julie Tibbott: There are many questions surrounding the world’s cults and secret societies. Where are they now? Are they brainwashed or just crazy? And why weren’t we invited? Julie Tibbot, author of “Members Only: Secret Societies, Sects, and Cults Exposed,” will present an A-to-Z slideshow of cults you never heard of and the ones you think you know, and might just tell you how to get in. 7 p.m., Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, (410) 662-4444, atomicbooks.com, free. (Maura Callahan)

-Splace scape: Last weekend, we ran into DJ .rar Kelly, one half of Normaling, outside the Crown and in a whirlwind, drunken 10-minute conversation we talked about U.K. garage's influence on club music, the political complexities of the Rust Belt, the knotty strange dance scenes of the deep South, "Full Metal Jacket," and probably a few others things we've since totally forgotten because we were drunk (we won't speak for .rar though). The crazed and sprawling conversation felt a bit like listening to Normaling's record from last year, "Corpus Callosum," put out by Baltimore/Brooklyn futuristic dance label Space Is the Place Records, who are hosting Splacescape a two-night dance party over at Metro Gallery. Acts include others from the label's roster such as Astrolith and HI$TO, as well as club music's established youngsters such as TT The Artist & Mighty Mark, DJ Pierre, and Matic808, and club legends including Rod Lee, DJ Booman, and Scottie B, along with L-Vis 1990, Kate Boss, Dai Burger, Bond St. District, Tony Quatro, and TSU Dance Crew. Both nights should feel all over the place in a good way, just like our chat with .rar. 9 p.m., The Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St. (410) 244-0899, themetrogallery.net, $5-$10. (Brandon Soderberg)

-Invasive Launch: Baltimore: Aside from its border-state status during the Civil War, some Marylanders claim Southern affiliation because our state is south of the Mason-Dixon line, and wave the Confederate flag and worship Robert E. Lee as if the war didn't end a century and a half ago. Others counter that Maryland is too politically liberal, and therefore a Northern state. While gay marriage was recognized in Maryland beginning two years ago, last year the South occupied nine out of the 15 states with constitutional bans on gay marriage—until of course, last month. Marriage equality isn't the end-all-be-all of LGBT+ rights, but it does demonstrate a degree of support and acceptance that many feel is lacking in the South. To bring attention to LGBT+ experiences in the region, artist Aaron McIntosh is starting a project titled "Invasive," which encourages queer folks to share their stories and allies to share their support. By having participants write their experiences on cloth kudzu leaves, McIntosh is attempting reclaim the kudzu (pictured), an invasive Southern plant species, as a symbol of queer visibility. The project launches at Red Emma's—named for the anarchist Emma Goldman, who fought against capitalism and patriarchy, not to be confused with the southern shade of "red." 2-6 p.m., Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse, 30 W. North Ave., (443) 602-7585, redemmas.org, free. (Jessica Kim Cohen)

-From the Short List: Artscape continues with headliner Michael Franti & Spearhead and local bands including The Flying Eyes, Cara Kelly & The Tell Tale, Red Sammy, The Scotch Bonnets, and Subtle Hustle. Baltimore rappers Black Zheep DZ and Height Keech perform at Ratscape at the Ottobar. Top-40 rockers Neon Trees play Rams Head Live. Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys headline the Charm City Summer Fest at Power Plant Live. Philadelphia soul songstress Jill Scott performs at Pier Six Pavilion with BJ The Chicago Kid. Local punks Trashkanistan play the Sidebar with The Putz and The Firecrackers. Chicago indie-pop band Everybody All The Time plays the Windup Space. The Vans Warped Tour at Merriweather Post Pavilion with Senses Fail, Never Shout Never, RiFF RAFF, Asking Alexandria, and dozens more. (Al Shipley)

-Oh yeah, and there's all this other stuff going on at Artscape.

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