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Comic books, The National and 'Star Wars' — the best of Baltimore's A&E scene this week

Comic books, The National and 'Star Wars' — the best of Baltimore's A&E scene this week
The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Baltimore Convention Center Sept. 28-30. (Kaitlin Newman / Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore Comic-Con

Fans of the great American art form of comic books get to mingle with the artists who create them, pick up all the back issues they missed (even if they date back 75 years or so), compare notes with their fellow aficionados (via fan forums, panel discussions and the like), dress up in costume (expect lots of Black Panthers, in addition to the usual staples of Batman, Spider-Man and Wonder Woman) and even have a close encounter with a movie star or two (Mike Colter and Zachary Levi, of “Luke Cage” and “Shazam,” will be on hand). Expect a super-powered good time. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 28; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 29; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. $25-$35 daily, $65-$165 for a three-day package; additional charges for some autographs and celebrity encounters. baltimorecomiccon.com.

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The Baltimore Book Festival returns to the Inner Harbor Sept. 28-30.
The Baltimore Book Festival returns to the Inner Harbor Sept. 28-30. (Jerry Jackson / Baltimore Sun)

Baltimore Book Festival

Charm City celebrates the joys of the printed word with author appearances and book signings, plus over 100 exhibitor and bookseller tents, music, cooking demonstrations, a crafts corner and even a storybook parade. Among the authors slated to attend this year is 2018 One Maryland One Book award winner Tim Junkin (“Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence”). 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 28-30 along the Inner Harbor Promenade, from the amphitheater at Pratt and Light streets to Rash Field. Free. baltimorebookfestival.org.

‘Salesman’

Albert and David Maysles’ landmark 1968 bare-bones documentary follows door-to-door salesman Paul Brennan and his colleagues as they labor to sell gold-embossed bibles to the masses. It’s not quite a real-life “Death of a Salesman,” but it’s uncomfortably close. 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave. Free. mdfilmfest.com.

The National, with Matt Berninger, plays Merriweather Post Pavilion Sept. 28.
The National, with Matt Berninger, plays Merriweather Post Pavilion Sept. 28. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

The National

The alt-rock Grammy winners (and is 2003’s “Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers” one great album title, or what?) play Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Also on the bill: Cat Power and Phoebe Bridgers. 7 p.m. Sept. 28. $46-$76. merriweathermusic.com.

‘Children of War’ opening reception

Michael Fischerkeller's portraits of children seek to capture “the brilliant light with which children are blessed,” regardless of the violent circumstances they have to deal with. An opening reception is set for 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown, 24 W. Franklin St., where they will remain on display through Nov. 3. Free. mdartplace.org.

A tour of the Sheppard Pratt Hospital is set for Sept. 26
A tour of the Sheppard Pratt Hospital is set for Sept. 26 (Steve Ruark / Patuxent Homestead)

Sheppard Pratt: The Campus and the History Tour

Founded in 1853 and endowed through the largesse of wealthy merchants Moses Sheppard (who also served as Baltimore’s warden to the poor and its prison commissioner) and Enoch Pratt, the hospital at 6501 N. Charles St. in Towson has been treating mental illness since 1893. Its original buildings and grounds are on the National Register of Historic Places. 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 26. $10. baltimoreheritage.org.

Chuchito Valdes Quartet

The sounds of Cuba, continuing a legendary musical tradition: pianist Chuchito Valdes is the son of Chucho Valdes and grandson of Bebo Valdes, both giants on the Cuban music scene. 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sept. 28-29 at An Die Musik Live, 409 N. Charles St. $10-$25. andiemusiklive.com.

‘She Stoops to Conquer’

British notions of class and entitlement are hilariously skewered in this 18th-century play of mistaken identities and deflated pretensions. In previews Sept. 26-27, then runs Thursdays-Sundays through Oct. 21 (except for Sept. 30 and Oct. 4) at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 7 S. Calvert St. $16-$55. chesapeakeshakespeare.com.

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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will accompany a screening at "Star Wars Episode IV : A New Hope" Sept. 28-30 at the Meyerhoff.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will accompany a screening at "Star Wars Episode IV : A New Hope" Sept. 28-30 at the Meyerhoff. (Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. / All Rights Reserved.)

‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ — In Concert

Enjoy the world’s first encounter with Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, etc., with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams’ soaring score live. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28, 3 p.m. Sept. 29-30 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $35-$85. bsomusic.org.

TrawlerFest Baltimore

Long dreamed of ditching it all, getting your own powerboat and cruising the world’s waterways? Scores of new and used cruising powerboats will be here, along with seminars to help you learn the ins and outs of the lifestyle. The seminars run Sept. 25-29, the in-water boat show Sept. 27-29 at the Harbor East Marina, 40 International Dr. Seminars run $65-$495; boat show admission is $15-$18 daily; VIP packages including both the boat show and seminars run $449-$549. passagemaker.com/trawlerfest.

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