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1. Pigtown Festival
The only thing you need to know about this event is "Running of the Pigs." But if you insist on knowing more, there are also puppets, bands and, new this year, a car show. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 700-900 blocks of Washington Blvd. Free.  pigtownfestival.com ANNE TALLENT, B

2. 'America's Next Top Model'

There's been a giant, smize-less hole in my heart all summer. I need ridiculous, nonsensical photo shoots and Tyra-isms. Plus, this season I can route for a Baltimore gal. Welcome back, "Top Model." 8 p.m. Wednesday, WNUV/The CW. MARISSA GALLO, B

3. Vampire Weekend

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Reason No. 639 the Columbia University-educated Vampire Weekend boys are truly smart: Picking Baltimore’s Beach House (now a four-piece!) as support on their U.S. tour. Mix in the effortlessly cool Dum Dum Girls and there’s no reason to show up late on Saturday at Merriweather Post Pavilion. 6 p.m. doors. $30 lawn seats; $45 general admission. 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

WESLEY CASE, B

4. Fridays After Five

The National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center are slashing admission prices every Friday evening in September and October, beginning this week. Five dollars gets you into either place from 5-8 p.m., and the price even includes IMAX and planetarium presentations at the Science Center.

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ADAM SAPIRO, B

5. 'The Office' Season 6 on DVD

What this past season lacked, the DVD better make up for. I expect hours of deleted scenes, bloopers that have me rolling on the floor, commentary that is both insightful and amusing and a life-size poster of Jim Halpert. That’s all I ask. Out Tuesday.

AUBREY FORNWALT, B

6. 'Deadliest Catch' live

I’m not sure how this will work. The first few rows may or may not get wet, I’m assuming. Guess I’ll have to find out during this night with Capt. Sig and the Hillstrand brothers from the uber-popular Discovery show. Sets sail (heh) 8 p.m. Wednesday. Lyric Opera House, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave., Mount Royal. $22-$67.

JORDAN BARTEL, B

7. Tattoo Arts Convention

The convention features the area’s most talented tattoo artists, but I’m also looking forward to the crazy sideshow performances such as The Enigma & Serena Rose. The convention runs Friday to Sunday at the Sheraton in Baltimore. $20 day, $40 weekend.

BRIAN KRISTA, B

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8. Vikings v. Saints

The 2010 NFL season kicks off with a rematch of last year’s thrilling NFC championship game. If you haven’t heard, Brett Favre will be involved. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, WBAL/NBC

MATT VENSEL, B

9. Failbook

Billed as “Too Funny to Unfriend,” this blog compiles the worst — and most hilarious — of Facebook posts and comments (ex: “Is it strange that I want to see my son’s stitches, even if they are on his testicle?”) Yes, it’s strange. And yes, you’ll be hooked on this site.

JORDAN BARTEL, B

10. Hampdenfest

We like the nearly 40 bands (including Double Dagger), the art, the film fest and the toilet bowl races, but maybe most of all we like Charm City’s first Beard & Mustache Championship. That’s right, folks! 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 36th Street between Falls and Chestnut. Free.

ANNE TALLENT, B

Photos: Pigtown: The Baltimore Sun; Vampire Weekend: AP; Saints: Getty

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