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Shop for all sorts of unique stuff at the American Visionary Art Museum's Bazaart.
Shop for all sorts of unique stuff at the American Visionary Art Museum's Bazaart. (Nick Prevas)

-Baltimore Beauty Pageant: Beauty pageants are usually horrifying: spray-tan-washed lines of cookie-cutter androids demonstrating talents in perpetuating inaccurate female stereotypes. But the thought of a beauty pageant doesn't leave such a bad taste in our mouths when we think of it as an "Irreverent Pageant and Neo-Burlesque Throw-Down" and when the winner is crowned Queen OR King of Crabs. In its fourth year, the competition will feature performances from local burlesque favorites, including the 2013 Queen of Crabs and Bawdy Shop Burlesque dancer, Sunny Sighed. 8 p.m., The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., (410) 662-0069, theottobar.com, $15-$20. (Maura Callahan)

-Bazaart: During this time of the year when we're shopping for grandma and our teen brother who only gets pleasure from irony, it's hard to find a one-stop shop with gifts that range from tasteful to fucking weird. Luckily, original artwork and crafts can satisfy all tastes. Once again, AVAM hosts an indoor holiday market of handmade ceramics, cards, jewelry, soap, photography, metalwork, textiles and fashion, painting, mixed media crafts, and more at a wide price range. The entire Jim Rouse Visionary Center (that's the building with Divine and the kinetic sculptures) is open for free the day of Bazaart. And if you're one of those eager Black Friday shoppers, check out the goods a day early along with light fare and drinks at the First Dibs Preview Party for $20 ($10 members). 10 a.m.-5 p.m., The American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244–1900, avam.org, free entry. (Maura Callahan)

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-From the Short List: Charm City Art Space holds a benefit show for the long-running DIY venue with performances from Mindset, Coke Bust, Praise, In Between, and more. The fifth installment of "Baltimore Boredom" at Club K features Eze Jackson, DJ Shawn Smallwood, Jeff Carey, and Barnyard Sharks (featuring City Paper's own Baynard Woods), among others. Indie-rock band The French Admirals performs at Joe Squared. Founded in West Virginia in the '70s but most beloved in Baltimore, cult rockers Crack The Sky headline Rams Head Live. Local rock trio Blind Man Leading holds a release party for its new EP at the Metro Gallery with Drop Electric, Minimus The Poet, and Ms. Sara. Don't miss: Polaris, best known for the jangly theme song and incidental music from the classic '90s Nickelodeon series "The Adventures of Pete & Pete," performs at Baltimore Soundstage.

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