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10spot: Maryland Film Festival, Drake at Pier Six and more

1. Maryland Film Festival (right)
It's our own little version of Sundance, with a decidedly Baltimore twist. We love MFF for its reliable mix of indie quirk (Dan Deacon hosting a late-night screening of "Total Recall") and big-name productions (closing-night film "Mother and Child," with Naomi Watts and Annette Benning). This is the must-attend event for all Baltimore cinephiles (check out our extended preview coming up this week in b). Thursday through Sunday. For a complete schedule and ticket options, go to md-filmfest.com. JORDAN BARTEL, B

2. 'Iron Man 2'
I used to HATE the Iron Man character. Tony Stark was a womanizing tool who was so unbelievably rich it was disgusting. But Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of the hero in 2008 gave me a refreshingly new perspective on the legitimacy of Iron Man in the Marvel Universe. Be ready to suit up for the sequel Friday. TIM WONG, B

3. 'The Notebook' on Blu-ray
I cried three times watching this the first time. Now the tears will be high-def. JORDAN BARTEL, B

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4. "Friday Night Lights"
Yeah, the kids are interesting, I guess, but it's Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton who score week after week. They don't play Coach and Tami Taylor; they are Coach and Tami Taylor. And you can't tell me they're not. Season 4 begins on NBC at 8 p.m. Friday. ADAM SAPIRO, B

5. Drake
Colleges tend to drop the ball on live concerts, but this year Towson makes the grade by bringing Toronto's favorite actor-turned-rapper to Pier Six Pavilion on Wednesday. Expect to hear a verse or two from his upcoming album, Thank Me Later (due June 15). Francis and the Lights and k-os open the show. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. $42.50. tickets. piersixpavilion.com. WESLEY CASE, B

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6. Flowermart (left, photo by The Baltimore Sun)
It sounds like an event only moms would enjoy (it is, after all, Mother's Day weekend). But Flowermart is a safe bet for a nice outdoors activity, with food, drink and artsy stuff for sale. Plus flowers and the traditional lemon sticks, of course. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, around the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon. Free. flowermart.org. JORDAN BARTEL, B

7. Mother's Day
I love my mom. She's pretty much the coolest thing since sliced bread. But if you're not like me (read: a momma's girl) and don't see/talk to your mom on a regular basis, take advantage of this Hallmark holiday and at least take her to brunch this Sunday. And say hi to your mother for me, OK? MARISSA GALLO, B

8. Lucha VaVoom
Striptease and Mexican masked wrestling. Sex and violence. Add a little tequila and you have the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a little late. Lucha Vavoom comes to Sonar Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. sonarbaltimore.com. BRIAN KRISTA, B

9. Josh Ritter, So Runs the World Away
"My orchestra is gigantic/This thing could sink the Titanic/And the string section's screaming/Like horses in a barn burning up." Ritter's inventive songwriting — like that line from 2007's "Rumors" — is ridiculously vivid. Expect more musical visions when the new album drops Tuesday. He also has a gig May 10 at Rams Head Live!. ANNE TALLENT, B

10. Artdromeda
Pigtown rolls out the red carpet for the second edition of this festival, featuring storefronts transformed into temporary art galleries and performance spaces for music and dance. 6-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Washington Boulevard. Free. artdromeda.com. ANNE TALLENT, B

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