Greek Food & Cultural Festival

For the 45th time, Baltimore puts on its finest fustanellas and breaks out the ouzo for a celebration of Greek food and culture that would make even Zeus proud (not to mention hungry). From Friday to Sunday, feast on all the spanakopita and pastitsio you can handle, enjoy Greek music and dance (especially during Saturday's Greek Night Party, featuring music from Zephyros) and just generally turn Hellenic for the weekend. Delicious, fun and spirited. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday outside the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 24 W. Preston St. Free.


Maxwell and Mary J. Blige

Two masters of neo-soul, opening the American leg of their King + Queen of Hearts World Tour right here in Baltimore. Let's show them some extra love. 7 p.m. Saturday at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $49.50-$179.50.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Cinderella'

"More than just a pretty face with the right shoe size." Well, that's one way to describe this updated take on the Cinderella story. All the classic elements are there, of course, a tad updated (even from the 1950s, when this version was written) and with lots of beautiful music (it's Rodgers & Hammerstein, after all). 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. next Sunday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $42-$172.50.

'Dr. Strange'

Marvel's most mystical superhero, the Master of the Mystic Arts, hits the big screen in the person of Benedict Cumberbatch. By the hoary hosts of Hoggoth! In theaters Thursday.

'The Shoemaker's Holiday'

Premiered in London in 1599! Banned in London for a time in the 1600s (overly bawdy dialogue, apparently)! Showing proudly in Baltimore in 2016! Strike a blow for free speech by checking out the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory production of Thomas Dekker's play of class, romance and ... shoemaking. Opens Friday, with performances at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 20 at the Great Hall Theater at St. Mary's Community Center, 3900 Roland Ave. $10-$20.

Charm City Fringe Festival

Enjoy 11 days of cutting-edge live theater and arts, spread across 10 venues. Includes shows from Chris Davis' "One Man Apocalypse Now," a solo encapsulation of Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 epic film (performances at Church & Co., 3647 Falls Road) to "Yo, You Be Trippin'," a piece of theater that somehow encompasses a Swiss chemist, the CIA and the Cat in the Hat (performances at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul St.). That's quite a range, and there's plenty of stuff that falls in between as well. The fun starts at 7 p.m. Thursday with a launch party at Joe Squared (33 W. North Ave., $10). Plays, displays and musical performances then run through Nov. 13. Tickets are $10 per show, plus the one-time purchase of a $5 "Fringe Button."

'Reel to Real Party: An Evening to Support the Maryland Film Industry'

A tribute to the filmed-in-Maryland Netflix series "House of Cards," including dinner and auctions. Benefits the Maryland Film Industry Coalition. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. $85.

Animal Collective

Musical experimenters, and among Baltimore's best — not to mention the guys who named their breakthrough album "Merriweather Post Pavilion." 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. $25-$28.


'The Phantom of the Opera'

The 1925 silent film, starring Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin and some seriously impressive makeup, is presented with a score (much of it written by local talent) performed by Baltimore's own Occasional Symphony. And they'll be playing in costume, too, which can only add to the greatness. 5 p.m. today and 7:30 p.m. Monday at the 2640 Space, 2640 St. Paul St. $15.

Mystical Arts of Tibet

Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monasterywill be creating sand mandala, or a spiritual symbol, this week at Towson University, beginning with an opening ceremony, complete with ritual, music and pageantry, at noon Monday, then ending with a closing ceremony at noon Thursday, after which they'll sweep up the sand, distribute some of it to spectators and return the rest to the earth, via an on-campus stream. The monks will be working on the mandala from noon-6 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, and beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday in the University Union building at Towson University, 8000 York Road. Associated lectures are set for 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. Free.