Celebration of architecture, The Roots, pre-Halloween scares and more top Baltimore-area events this week

Doors Open Baltimore

Baltimore's best and most distinctive architecture gets showcased as part of this worldwide effort to point out just what builders and designers can do with brick, concrete, wood and whatever other materials they can find. More than 60 sites — some old (including the 1814 Peale Museum building, above), some newer, some that defy easy description — will be open for visits, tours and encounters with architects eager to talk about what you're seeing. The Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St., will serve as the day's hub (admission is free); there you can pick up a map and brochure. Then spend the day visiting homes, commercial buildings and churches dating back to the 18th century. Plus lectures and other presentations at some sites. Prepare to be impressed, and educated. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. doorsopenbaltimore.org.

'An Evening of Unexpected Delights'

The Roots (or "The legendary Roots," as Jimmy Fallon likes to call them on "The Tonight Show") and Broadway's Leslie Odom Jr. (from "Hamilton," which could make this the closest you'll ever come to actually seeing that show) join forces for this annual fundraiser for The Journey Home, benefiting Baltimore's homeless. 9 p.m. Saturday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 110 W. Mount Royal Ave. $40-$175. lyricbaltimore.com.

'Kitchens of Note and Symphony of Chefs'

Six Greenspring Valley homes open their kitchens to such prominent chefs and caterers as Jerry Pellegrino, John Shields and Innovative Gourmet. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.Wednesday, beginning at the Stevenson Village Shopping Center, 10415 Stevenson Road. Buses will move people from house to house. $60, benefitting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's educational work. kitchensofnote.org.

'Hamilton's America'

A look at the life and times of America's first secretary of the treasury, as well as a little play by Lin-Manuel Miranda that put his life to music and pretty much swept this year's Tony awards. Find out about the Hamilton behind "Hamilton." 9 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday on MPT.

Second Stoop: Fright Night

Come on by, and you may be called on to tell your best tale on the theme "Fright Night: Stories about nightmares, phobias and good ole-fashioned anxiety." Hold nothing back ... 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. $10-$15. creativealliance.org.

'Young Frankenstein'

Enjoy Mel Brooks and the late Gene Wilder at their best, as the heir to the infamous Victor Frankenstein discovers it's not that easy to disavow the family name. "Puttin' on the Ritz," indeed! Includes a filmed introduction from Brooks. 7 p.m. Tuesday at area theaters. fathomevents.com.

U+N Fest V

Two nights of the best from Unregistered Nurse booking, with music from Mean Jeans, Wing Dam, Stuck Pigs, Permanent Waves, Celebration, Big Mouth and the only area appearance of South Bronx legends ESG. The music starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. $16-$33. theottobar.com.

The Nevermore Haunt

A uniquely Baltimore freak-out for this Halloween, highlighting the scariest aspects of 19th-century Charm City. We're guessing Mr. E.A. Poe may be referenced once or twice. Thursday-Sunday and Oct. 27-31 at 450 Mott St. in Old Town (shuttles are available from Fells Point). 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. on Halloween. $25. Boo. thenevermorehaunt.com.

Sound Off Live!

Seventeen area bands battle for the right to play next year at Light City Baltimore, Artscape or the Batimore Book Festival. Each will get 15 minutes to perform three songs and impress the audience and a panel of judges. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Hard Rock Cafe, 601 E. Pratt St. Free. promotionandarts.org.

BIG Night of Improv

A night of unscripted comedy, featuring the Baltimore Improv Group and the Buttered Niblets of Johns Hopkins University. 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wood basic Science Building, 735 N. Wolfe St. Free (need to bring a Hopkins ID or state-issued driver's license/ID card). jhmibig.eventbrite.com.

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