Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: Red Bull Amaphiko Festival

Aug. 16, 17, 20

Alright, so you can still catch the tail end of this 10-day festival put on by Red Bull Amaphiko, which has set its sights on Baltimore artists, storytellers, and entrepreneurs of sorts (as well as a few from elsewhere in this country). On Wednesday, join artists Megan Lewis, Pablo Machioli, and yours truly among others for a conversation on the role of art in public space at the Eubie Blake Center (5-7 p.m., 847 N. Howard St.). On Thursday, come back to Eubie Blake for an open read hosted by Meccamorphosis (5-7 p.m.) before heading down to The Medicine Show with Be Free Fridays at Arena Players (7:30 p.m., 801 McCulloh St.) for a night of storytelling and poetry hosted by LOVE the Poet and featuring Lady Brion, Kenneth Something, Black Chakra, the Sankofa Dance Theater, and more. Then on Sunday, stop by the festival finale at the Impact Hub's side lot and the Ynot Lot to watch Abdu Ali, Bond St. District, the Eubie Blake drum circle and kids dance program, and others perform—or take part in a community cleanup, yoga session, or a talk between D. Watkins and Devin Allen about youth photojournalism. The day ends with a screening of three short documentaries: Malaika Clements' portrait of local artist Loring Cornish, known best for covering every surface he can in glass and mirror mosaics, including his studio as well as the old police koban in Station North; Charles Cohen's "Boots on the Ground" about Bryant Smith, who runs Flight1 Carriers and brings food and supplies to homeless people, elderly folks, and others in need in Baltimore; and Emily Eaglin's documentary on Baltimore's DIY music scene, highlighting collaborations between Toyomansi, Joy Postell, and others from the scene and the youth at Sandtown's Jubilee Arts Center. 3-8 p.m., Impact Hub Baltimore, 10 E. North Ave., amfestival.splashthat.com, free. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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