Welcome to a new weekly column called "Fridays After Five," where, while paying homage to the famous Aquarium deal of the same name, we also give our two cents on what's cool to do this weekend:
"Patterns of Obsession" opens at Gallery Imperato on Friday, and there will be a reception from 7-10 p.m. The exhibit is a three-person show that highlights the visual and behavioral patterns of each artist. On display will be Dana Reifler Amato's three-dimensional drawings, Chris Bathgate's metal sculptures, and Matthew Kern's Polaroid collages. Gallery Imperato, 921 E. Fort Avenue, Suite 120, 443-257-4166.
Grammy-award-winning rapper Lil Wayne will be performing at 1st Mariner Arena Friday night, starting at 8 p.m. He'll be joined by T-Pain, Gym Class Heroes, and R&B singer Keri Hilson. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com for $85.75, $65.75 and $45.75. Last we checked, close seats were still available. 1st Mariner Arena, 201 W. Baltimore Street, 410-347-2020.
During the University of Maryland-Memphis basketball game this weekend, Stalking Horse is offering $1.50 Bud Light bottles to any patron with a koozie (and who's rooting for the Terps of course.) Stalking Horse, 26 E. Cross Street, 410-244-6722.
Talking Heads tribute band Psycho Killers plays at the The Ottobar Saturday night. Psycho Killers adds a little drum and bass vibe to Taking Heads classics like "Burning Down the House" and "Take Me to the River." Opening for the band are Shook!, Ms. Sarah, and JByrd. Doors at 8, show at 9. The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard Street, 410-662-0069.
In a decidedly unique twist on the typical sports tournament, Ra Sushi is hosting Maki Madness on Sunday. In an NCAA-style bracket, ambitious players will go head-to-head and try to eat as many sushi rolls as possible in 15 minutes. Whoever scarfs down the most Tootsy Maki rolls (crab mix, shrimp, and cucumber rolled with tempura and topped with eel sauce) advances to the next round. The gorging starts at noon. Ra Sushi, 1390 Lancaster Street, 410-522-3200.
[Image: "Internal Tattooing" by Matthew Kern, courtesy of matthewkern.com]