A seance, the Fringe and oysters aplenty — the best of Baltimore's arts scene this week

Charm City Fringe Festival

A treasure trove of “cutting-edge and quirky theater and performing arts,” kicking off Nov. 1 and spanning 11 days, 23 different shows (more than 90 performances in all) and multiple venues in the Bromo Arts District. Among the offerings: “Too Hip for the Room,” featuring members of the Siegfried Olsson Band and the Baltimore Improv Group (3:15 p.m. Nov. 3, 8 p.m. Nov. 5, 8:45 p.m. Nov. 7 and 3:15 p.m. Nov. 10); "Beaver Dreams" (La Fièvre du Castor), a puppet and clown show from Montreal-based Lost & Found Puppet Co. (1:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Nov. 3, 3:15 p.m. Nov. 4, 7 p.m. Nov. 8); and “Wunderkammer,” the story of a snowy tundra, a lonely taxidermist and a child with a mysterious talent (7 p.m. Nov. 2 and 4, 10:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 7 p.m. Nov. 10). All-access passes are available for $98; other ticket packages are available for $30-$45. For tickets to individual shows, you’ll need to get a button ($5) first; after that, tickets are $10. charmcityfringe.com.

Greek Food, Wine & Culture Festival

Four days of Greek food, music, dancing, vendors and other cultural earmarks. The spanakopita alone makes a trip here worth the effort. Includes the Nov. 1 “Big Fat Greek Happy Hour” from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., featuring free food samples, plus music, dancing and a full food and bar service. The festival continues from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 2-3, noon-6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 24 W. Preston St. Free. goannun.org.

The Official Houdini Séance

Ever since the great magician Harry Houdini died in 1926, with a promise that he would communicate from the beyond if at all possible, the world has breathlessly awaited his re-appearance. Hasn’t happened yet, but maybe this time — the first official seance to be held in Baltimore — we’ll get lucky. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St. $25-$50. jewishmuseummd.org.

Great Baltimore Oyster Festival

The world’s tastiest bivalve is feted with an afternoon of oysters (of course) and seafood dishes from local restaurants, helped along with beer wine and specialty cocktails. An oyster-shucking contest, too (and isn’ t that a talent you wish you had?). 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3 at West Shore Park, 401 Light St. Free, plus $12 a plate for the oysters. baltimorewaterfront.com.

Baltimore Next Media Web Festival

This celebration of storytelling of all sorts includes music videos, web series, script readings and short films. Plus, there will be keynote speakers and plenty of opportunities for mingling, sharing information and getting an advance look at the next big thing. Kicks off at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown ($12-$18), then runs Nov. 2-3 at the University of Baltimore’s Wright Theatre, 21 W. Mount Royal Ave. ($25 per day), Nov. 4 at the Creative Alliance ($20-$28); VIP full festival passes are $80. bnmwebfest.com.

Movie with Orchestra: 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

Jack Skellington and all the inhabitants of Halloweentown are brought to life not only on the big screen (thanks to the 1993 animated classic from Tim Burton and director Henry Selick), but also through the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, which will be performing Danny Elfman's score live. 8 p.m. Nov. 2, 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $12.50-$85. bsomusic.org.

Stoop Storytelling: ‘I Did it My Way: Stories about Creating a Life — and Death — On Your Own Terms’

Storytellers of every stripe, from veterans to first-timers, relate tales of “defining your values, checking off the most epic item on your bucket list, and setting your own course — in life and in death." 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at The Soundry, 10221 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. $10. stoopstorytelling.com.

Veiled: A Masked Charity Event

Put on your best mask (not essential, but why not get fully in the spirit?) and enjoy gourmet food, an open bar, music and dancing. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Nov. 2 at Martin’s West, 9000 Pulaski Highway. $75-$85, to benefit Remember the Children and its work in Romania and Tanzania. remember-the-children.org.

The Music, Seen

Five Maryland artists — Landis Expandis, Cody Pryseski, Watson, Kristin Wiebe and Minas Konsolas — display works inspired by music, running the gamut from instruments to specific songs. A free opening reception is set for 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at WTMD Studios, 1 Olympic Place in Towson, with the exhibit remaining through Nov. 30. wtmd.org.

A Royal Gala

The Alpha Zeta chapter of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority celebrates 95 years at Morgan State University. Guests are asked to dress in their best 1920s-style formal wear. Includes an appearance from Baltimore’s own “The Voice” phenom, Davon Fleming. 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, 110 S. Eutaw St. $150. az1923.org.

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