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Happening Saturday: Carine McCandless, 'The Odyssey,' Twisted Knickers Burlesque, and more

-Carine McCandless: The Wild Truth: Even after 22 years, a book by Jon Krakauer, and a movie by Sean Penn, the death of adventurer Christopher McCandless remains somewhat a mystery. After giving up his savings and hitchhiking to Alaska on his own, his starved body was found inside the bus that he lived in for 113 days in the depths of the wilderness—but the exact cause of his death is still debated. Now his sister has come forward with previously unknown stories of her brother’s life and character before his Alaskan adventure and untimely death. 2 p.m., Arbutus Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, 855 Sulphur Spring Rd, Arbutus, MD, (410) 887-1451, bcpl.info/events/datelines-arbutus, free

-"The Odyssey": The epics of Homer, "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey," probably functioned a lot like rap ciphers. Rhapsodists, MCs, would travel from town to town and improvise lyrics around the story of the Trojan War and the return of Odysseus. The poems were oral and they were performed, which makes it the perfect choice for Charlie Bethel, who did a one-man show of "Beowulf" at the Theatre Project last winter. Even more than "Beowulf" or "The Iliad," "The Odyssey" is a one-man show anyway—despite the entanglements of the wide wide world. Odysseus is called "polytropic," or many turned, for a reason. And he is the first hero to tell his own story in the center of the tale dictated to the poet by the Muses. To use another Greek word, we are psyched. Through Dec. 14, Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St., (410) 752-8558, theatreproject.org, $22. (Baynard Woods)

-"Twisted Knickers Burlesque: Calendar Girls": It's pasties and G-strings all year long with the Twisted Knicker Burlesque's annual "Calendar Girls" show, featuring all the seasonally-appropriate pulchritudinous attitude adjustment you can handle. There'll be dollops of va-va-voom from Miss April, "Easter" Bunny Vish'us; dual Miss Mays, Tapitha Kix and Shy Violet; Miss July, Mourna Handful; Miss August, Cherie Nuit; and many more, including the bump and grind of Christmas right now, Cherie Sweetbottom. Hot Todd Lincoln MCs with Stage Kitten Miranda Lookinglass minding her teasin' cues. As a bonus there will be raffles of the troupe's limited-edition 2015 calendar, perfect for the garage or office. 8 p.m., Yellow Sign Theatre, 1726 N. Charles St., twistedknickersburlesque.com, $12. (Edward Ericson Jr.)

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-From the Short List: Jahiti of Brown F.I.S.H. hosts a monthly acoustic jam session, Fish Bowl, at the Play Hookah Room. Carey Ziegler's Expensive Hobby, led by erstwhile Crack The Sky bassist Carey Ziegler, plays the 8x10. Soulful local rock quartet Slow Lights plays Joe Squared. Atlanta singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson and Annapolis indie-folk act Lily & The Pearl perform at Eutaw Place. Baltimore/Washington punk-scene podcast Unmutual Radio throws Unmutual Fest 2014 at the Sidebar with bands including Submachine, Copstabber, Walk The Plank, and Canker Blossom. New Jersey college-rock trailblazers The Feelies headline the Ottobar. Rams Head Live hosts Saved By The 90s: A Party with the BaySide Tigers. Frederick, Maryland stoner metal band Weed Is Weed plays the Metro Gallery with Sixty Watt Shaman, Volume IV, Borracho, and Foghound. Don't miss: Drew Scott of the groups Blacksage and Something compleX celebrates his solo release "The Drewcifer Tape" at the Windup Space with local MCs Eze Jackson, Butch Dawson, and Al Rogers Jr. opening. (Al Shipley)


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