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For Saturday: two Preakness alternatives

Above: Cheick Hamala Diabate at 2009 New Orleans Jazzfest.

An Illuminated Tour of Baltimore’s West Side  – Using building-sized light and video projections during the tour, the group will animate several historic sites along Howard Street, as well as sites whose stories have been washed over. A project of Greenpants in partnership with the Baltimore Heritage Society. It’s part of Luminous Intervention that “reflects on stories from residents, workers, preservationists, and business owners impacted by the proposed ‘Superblock’ plan to demolish and develop a significant area in West Baltimore.” Saturday, May 19, 9 p.m. Video projection tour begins at the corner of Franklin St. and Tyson Alley.

A Blast of Mali on Roland Park – Fresh from his rocking  performance  at New Orleans Jazzfest, Grammy-nominated Cheick Hamala Diabate (from Maryland by way of Mali) will be performing with his orchestra. It’s the 2nd Annual Benefit Concert Asylum Seekers Housing Network, a program that provides housing and support for asylum seekers as they wait for their hearing. Tickets $15 in advance/$17 at the door.  Saturday, May 19, 7 p.m. North Baltimore Mennonite Church, 4615 Roland Ave. (410) 467-8947

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