The Week's 10 Best

Mary J. Blige

The Queen of Hip Hip Soul brings her Strength of a Woman Tour (and when it comes to Blige, that’s a lot of strength) to Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave, at 8 tonight. With opening act Lalah Hathaway. Sold out, although tickets remain on the resale market, starting at about $70.

Feast of Saint Gabriele Italian Festival

The best weekend of every Little Italy summer, featuring food, music, vendors, a couple Roman gladiators, some bocce and plenty of good company. Bellissimo! Noon-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 20 at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church, 227 S. Exeter St. $1.

Oriole Park at Camden Yards’ 25th Anniversary

Join the Orioles as they celebrate a quarter-century of the best ballpark in America. Fans showing up for Friday’s 7:05 p.m. game against the Angels will get a free commemorative poster, then get to enjoy a post-game fireworks show. On Saturday, selected players from the 1992 team will slug it out in a home run derby before the 7:05 p.m. game (also against the Angels); returning alumni will also be honored in a pre-game ceremony. And all fans get a replica stadium as they enter the park. Among the players scheduled to attend: Cal Ripken, Brady Anderson, Chris Hoiles, Rick Sutcliffe, Gregg Olson and Rick Dempsey. 333 W. Camden St. $15-$72.

Hot August Music Festival

Amp the summertime temperature up a few notches, with music (on three stages) from Old Crow Medicine Show, the Infamous Stringdusters, Lettuce, Turkuaz, Cabinet and more. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville. $66-$189.

Sheryl Underwood

The “ComicView” alum takes time off from “The Talk” to bring her stand-up act to the Baltimore Comedy Factory, 5615 O’Donnell St. 7:15 p.m., 9:45 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturday. $30, plus two-drink minimum.

Annapolis Art Walk

Nearly 20 Annapolis art galleries will participate in an evening of new exhibits and artist demonstrations, plus strolling musicians and light refreshments. Look for the galleries with the yellow ribbons and yellow balloons displayed outside. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday. Free. for information and a list of participating galleries.


Five decades of great music, from Woodstock and “Abraxas” to Grammy awards and “Supernatural” (and beyond), performed live. 8 p.m. Tuesday at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. $55.50-$295.

‘Marvel’s The Defenders’ premiere

Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) join forces to keep New York City safe from some serious baddies (Sigourney Weaver playing the baddest among them). Bonus points for those old enough to remember the original, ’70s-era Defenders, a group that included Dr. Strange, The Hulk and the Sub-Mariner. Available Friday on Netflix.

‘Bonnie & Clyde’

They rob banks, and their anti-heroic exploits hit Hollywood like a surprise firecracker when the film was released in 1967. Warner Bros. head Jack Warner famously hated the film and suggested not even releasing it, but ol’ Jack probably liked it a lot more when it became one of the year’s top hits. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway star, Arthur Penn directs and the movie crackles with energy and style. A rare and not-to-be-missed chance to see it on the big screen. In area theaters, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. today and Wednesday.


A throwback to the power pop punk of the ’90s, this Vancouver-based band will be playing Joe Squared, 33 W. North Ave. Also on the bill: Schroeder, 96 Ghosts and Erotic Novels. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. $8.

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