The third Baltimore Beer Week came to a close Sunday. Over 300 tastings, homebrewing competitions and lectures were squeezed into the event's 11 days, sending thousands of beer lovers to bars in the city and the county. How did this year's event compare to last year's? Heavy Seas' Hugh Sisson had said before the week started that one goal for 2011 was to spread out more events so that there would be more quality instead of just an abundance of stuff for fans to pick from. Were organizers successful? Are you happy bars will now "go back to being a beer bar, instead of a packed bingo parlor," as Baltimore Liquor Board chairman Stephan Fogleman has tweeted? This week, will be far more low-key. The major music story won't be happening in town, but in New York, where the CMJ Music Marathon will get underway Tuesday. In town: there are concerts by Jackson Browne, Double Dagger, and Ami Dang.
On Monday, the Smashing Pumpkins play a sold-out 9:30 Club, 815 V St. N.W. , Washington. 7 p.m. Tickets had been going for $55. Also: Stuart Schuffman will host a dance party and a reading of his new book, "Young, Broke & Beautiful: Broke-Ass Stuart's Guide to Living Cheaply," at the Get Down. 7 p.m. Free, though donations are encouraged.
On Tuesday, young New York band The Pains of Being Young at Heart will perform at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. 8 p.m. $15. And: while they're here, some Baltimore bands will be driving up to New York for CMJ Music Marthon. Later this week, we'll have a round-up of those bands just like we did for SXSW.
On Wednesday, Weird Al will appear at the Warner Theater, 513 13th Street N.W. , in Washington. 8 p.m. $39.50.He is promoting new album "Alpocalypse," which became his highest charting album to date, peaking at No. 9 on the Billboard 200.
On Friday, Double Dagger play their last show at the Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. The band said in September they were breaking up after nine years. 9 p.m. A ridiculously cheap $8. We'll have an interview with the band later this week.
On Saturday, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne returns to Baltimore, this time playing the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. The last time he played Baltimore resulted in a lawsuit against Live Nation. 8 p.m. $69.35. We will have a review afterward. Also: one of the most anticipated bands at CMJ, Zola Jesus, will continue their Fall tour with a stop at the Ottobar. 8 p.m. $12.
On Sunday, guitarist Susan Alcorn and Dave Ballou, John Berndt, and Lafayette Gilchrist perform at 2640, 2640 St. Paul Street, for "an evening of spontaneous collaborations." 8 p.m. $5-$10 donation requested.