'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World' (left)
Really, who wouldn't want a potential boyfriend to fight all your exes with guitar playing just to prove himself? It's every nerdy girl's dream! Plus Jason Schwartzman adds a little sexy machismo. No offense, Michael Cera.  Opens Friday. MARISSA GALLO, B

Ravens v. Panthers
Are you ready for some borderline non-contact football? The Ravens host the Panthers in their first preseason game of 2010. The starters won't be in for long, so catch them while you can. 8 p.m. Thursday, M&T Bank Stadium. MATT VENSEL, B
'Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff'
The Hoff is getting roasted by roast master Seth MacFarlane and a cast of characters that includes Hulk Hogan, Jerry Springer and Pamela Anderson. Should be one classy evening. 10 p.m. Sunday. BRIAN KRISTA, B

'The Next Food Network Star'
It's no "Top Chef" but Food Network's reality competition has steadily improved to the point of kinda-have-to-see TV. I'm rooting for jovial slacker Tom Pizzica. Tune in for the finale at 9 p.m. Sunday. Wesley Case, B

Bit Gen Gamer Fest 5
Gaming culture may be everywhere, but on Saturday night, most of it will converge on Sonar, with art and music from acts such as Powerglove, the Protomen, Entertainment System and the Megas. 5 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Saturday. 407 E. Saratoga St. $18. bitgengamerfest.com Anne Tallent, b

'Dating in the Dark' season premiere
The second-oddest show on TV (the Duggar clan's "19 Kids and Counting" will forever be No. 1) returns for another season of people. Dating. In the pitch-blackness of reality TV. Not a metaphor. They can't see each other. Love/hate it. 10 p.m. Monday, WMAR/ABC. JORDAN BARTEL, B

Max's Rare & Obscure Event

The third incarnation of Max's popular R&O gathering spoils us, with three days of beers that sound mysteriously awesome (ex: Stillwater Love & Regret). Thursday (cask night); Friday through Sunday (drafts). 11 a.m. to close each day. Free admission. 737 S. Broadway, Fells Point. maxs.com JORDAN BARTEL, B

'Max Headroom: The Complete Series' on DVD
I never watched this ahead-of-its-time late-'80s show about a dystopian society that took place "20 minutes into the future." Now I'm looking forward to seeing what the future looked like back then. Out Tuesday. ADAM SAPIRO, B

Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week
It's familiar: three-course dinners for $35.10; three-course lunches for $20.10. But it's different, too: Participating restaurants are accepting donations for the Journey Home, Baltimore's initiative to end homelessness. So do something good while you treat yourself. Friday-Aug. 22. baltimorerestaurantweek.com Anne Tallent, b

Stone Soul Picnic
In addition to games, product samples and, of course, noshes, this year's ginormous party in Druid Hill Park features seven hours of music: Original P Funk, Bobby Valentino, K. Michelle, Maysa and Cali Swag District.  Noon-8 p.m. Saturday. Free; $5 parking. 92q.com Anne Tallent, b