Bo Burnham at Loyola: The off-color and politically incorrect YouTube sensation will serenade the Loyola community with some of his comedic ballads, such as “I’m Bo Yo” and “New Math.” 9 p.m. Friday, Reitz Arena, Loyola University Maryland. $20. Available at the Loyola University Box Office.
GirlTalk and Sam Adams at Towson: With GirlTalk’s mind-blowing mashups and Sam Adams’ catchy combination of rap and dance music, TU’s Homecoming Concert might be the dance party of the fall. Doors open 6 p.m., show starts 7 p.m. Sunday, Towson Center, Towson University. $30; $25 advance. For students, $20; $15 advance. Available at the Union Ticket Office or ticketmaster.com.
Jerry Springer at Hopkins: Springer is the first of seven speakers for JHU’s annual Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, which this year is called “America’s Boundless Possibilities: Innovate, Advance, Transform.” So, yeah, Springer is part of that at 8 p.m. Sept. 21. Among the six other speakers are Aziz Ansari of NBC’s comedy “Parks and Recreation” on Oct. 26; David Axelrod, former adviser to President Barack Obama, on Nov. 8; and Karl Rove, former adviser to President George W. Bush, on Nov. 15. Shriver Hall Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University. Free; reserved seats $20; season passes $60, which guarantee seating at all 7 events. www.jhu.edu/mse.
Sherman Alexie at Goucher: Alexie uses his award-winning poetry, prose and film-making to chronicles the struggles that he and other Native Americans have faced on and off the reservation. His appearance will include readings from his various works as well as a question and answer session and a book signing. 8 p.m. Sept. 21, Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College. Free; tickets must be reserved at www.goucher.edu/tickets.
Donald Glover a.k.a. Childish Gambino at UMBC: Glover’s claim-to-fame is his role as Troy, a goofy former high school jock, on NBC’s comedy “Community,” but he has expanded his celebrity status with his rapper alter-ego Childish Gambino. Both of his personalities will perform as a part of UMBC’s Homecoming Weekend. 8-11 p.m. Oct. 15, Retriever Activities Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore County. $20. Available at the Commons Information Desk.
Black Violin at Stevenson University: Think hip-hop (and more) with violins. Kev Marcus and Wil-B make up this violin-rocking duo who hopscotch through genres and have toured and performed with Alicia Keys, Diddy and Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Rockland Banquet Room, Stevenson University, Owings Mills Campus. $5; tickets will be used to buy donations to the Maryland Food Bank. Register for tickets at https://apps.stevenson.edu/homecoming/index.cfm.
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