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In the hierarchy of the performance art world, Baltimore doesn’t rank very high as a hotbed of cutting-edge activity. We know about the Finleys of New York and the Gomez-Peñas of San Francisco. But what of Bawlmer’s unsung artists pursuing their avant-garde vision in a city best known for baseball and crab cakes? D.C.’s Museum of Contemporary Art will host a gallery talk by two curators devoted to the “historization and essentialization of Baltimore performance art.” Megan Hamilton will present a historical overview titled “Banquet and Spectacle: Baltimore Performance Art, 1968-1985.” Peter Walsh will discuss “Humor as a Subversive Act: An Exhibition Propagandizing Baltimore Art.” Both of these informal lectures will feature videos, slides, and enough polysyllabic jargon to put Baltimore on the art-world map. At 7 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art, 1054 31st St. NW. FREE. (202) 342-6230. (Holly Bass)