Baltimore Comic-Con, Baltimore Book Festival, and more of the week's best events

Baltimore Comic Con

The art of panel-by-panel storytelling, a distinctly American art form that has brought the world such cultural mainstays as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man, will be celebrated over the course of this three-day fan gathering at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. There’ll be panels and workshops, vendor tables (with plenty of back issues, to fill in those gaps in your collection), artist appearances, a costume contest, even a concert by Maryland resident Lynda Carter, TV’s Wonder Woman (7:30 p.m. Friday, $35-$1,000). Con hours are 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Sunday. $25-$35 daily, $65-$150 for a three-day pass. baltimorecomiccon.com.

Baltimore Book Festival

Books and and more than 500 of the authors who make them so invaluable feted, including radio host Michael Eric Dyson (“Tears We Cannot Stop”), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (”Purple Hibiscus,” the 2017 One Maryland One Book selection), Patricia Altschul (from the Bravo reality show “Southern Charm”), poet Eileen Myles (“Afterglow (a dog memoir)”) and Virginia Hanlon Grohl, the mother of the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl (“From Cradle to Stage: Stories From the Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars”). Chances are you’ll find a book or two worth purchasing for yourself; the Ivy Bookshop alone will be offering more than 3,000 for sale. With multiple stages for programming, plus music, food and kids’ activities. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-next Sunday on the Inner Harbor Promenade, along Light and Pratt streets. Free. baltimorebookfestival.org.

City Paper’s Best of Baltimore 2017

For the last time, the City Paper celebrates the best of what Baltimore has to offer. Organizers promise the chance to “party with all of City Paper’s besties,” so come on by, have yourself a good time and thank those responsible for four decades of good work. 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. $35-$40. ramsheadlive.com.

Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival

A commemoration of the hero of Alex Haley’s landmark “Roots” book and television series, in which the author traced his lineage back to an enslaved African brought to Annapolis in 1767, this annual festival celebrates “ancestry, culture and community” with song and dance, arts and crafts, vendors and food. The 28th edition is set for 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday in Susan Campbell Park, at City Dock. Free. kuntakinte.org.

‘Flickering Treasures’ Book Launch

Baltimore Sun photographer Amy Davis’ loving look at Baltimore’s forgotten movie theaters, almost 300 pages of archival and modern photos of the city’s once-vibrant theater scene, has itself a coming-out party. With a talk and slide show from Davis, who’ll be on hand to sign the book. 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave. Free. Search “Flickering Treasures Book Launch” on Facebook.

Saint Demetrios Greek Festival

Three days of Greek food, entertainment and culture. Be reminded just how delicious spanakopita and baklava can be. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and noon-7 p.m. next Sunday at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2504 Cub Hill Road. Free. stdemetriosmd.org.

The Amazing Acro-Cats

Performing cats, courtesy of chief executive human (CEH) and animal trainer Samantha Martin. Includes an appearance by the “only all-cat band in the entire world,” Tuna and the Rock Cats. Oh, meow! 7 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday, 1 p.m. next Sunday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. $23-$38. creativealliance.org.

Demetri Martin

Lots of laughs, as the “Trendspottting” guy from “The Daily Show” brings his The Awkward Tour to the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. 8 p.m. Saturday. $58. france-merrickpac.com.

‘The Vietnam War’

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ 10-part, 18-hour look at the conflict that nearly ripped the U.S. in half. Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik says “the rewards of this meticulously crafted production are enormous.” Debuts at 8 tonight on PBS. Future episodes are scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Sept. 24-28. pbs.org.

Radical Jewelry Makeover Symposium

Learns the ins-and-outs of designing and crafting your own jewelry, plus lectures and other activities “focused on jewelry making and how it impacts our culture.” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today at the Baltimore Jewelry Center, 10 E. North Ave., Suite 130. Free. baltimorejewelrycenter.org.

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