Well it's officially May, so that ushers in a whole weekend of fun things to do. Here are just a few:
On Saturday night, the Creative Alliance at the Patterson will be hosting the opening of an art exhibition entitled Decoy. Six area artists will showcase their work (painting, drawing, sculpture, digital art) that all represents the common theme of deception. As their work lures viewers in, you'll be begin to wonder what's real and what's illusion. 6-8 p.m. 3134 Eastern Avenue, 410-276-1651.
Tonight happens to be the first Friday of the month, which means doubledutch boutique in Hampden is hosting "First Fridays." This monthly event features food, drinks, and a DJ. Oh, and most importantly, everything in the store is 10 percent off! 6-9 p.m. 3616 Falls Road, 410-554-0055.
Of course it wouldn't be May without the city's annual Flowermart. The festival has already been taking over Mt. Vernon today and will run again tomorrow. So enjoy the hat contests, lemons with peppermint sticks, craft vendors, and musical entertainment, but don't forget to stop and smell the roses. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mount Vernon Place at Monument Street.
For all you Warped Tour alumni out there, Sonar has a show for you tonight: Alkaline Trio with openers Saves the Day. Now I have to admit, when I saw Alkaline Trio appear on The Hills, I was a little frightened, but their newest release Agony & Irony shows they still have plenty of the hard-edged angst that made me fall for them in the first place. 7 p.m. doors. 407 E. Saratoga Street, 410-783-7888.
[Image: "Sacrifice to the Economy" by Jenny Mullins, courtesy of jennymullins.com]