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10spot: Otakon and nine other favorites this week

All of our favorites for the week ahead1. Otakon

I’m not going to pretend that I fully understand Otakon. But you have to respect people so devoted to something that they basically embody its spirit (and characters). During this three-day convention of all things anime, manga and, um, miscellaneous, you can join a horde of costumed folk invading the city. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Friday-Sunday. Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Downtown. $75 weekend passes.

2. Outlaw Jam 2

Expect rock and presumably lots of tattoos and leather at this two-day biker-culture blowout. Hell yeah! Motley Crue and Brian Setzer headline (plus, of course, Poison), but also look out for a slew of random celeb appearances, everyone from pool champion Jeanette “Black Widow” Lee to stars of FX’s “Sons of Anarchy.” Noon Saturday and Sunday. Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E. Patrick St. $29.75-$79.50.

3.Charm City Chaat
Can anyone resist a night of Indian street food? Kerala Kitchen hosts this exploration of “an exciting medley of tangy, salty, sweet and spicy flavors.” FYI: “Chaat” means “to lick” in Hindi. 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Marquee Lounge, Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Highlandtown. $35.

4. Flicks on the Hill: ‘Duck Soup’
I’m assuming that the Marx brothers’ comedy classic only gets better on a 30-foot outdoor screen. And when it’s free. 9 p.m. Thursday. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Federal Hill (free museum admission from 5-9 p.m.).

5. Bit Gen Gamer Fest 6
If you’re unaware of the video-game music scene, this is your best introduction, a concert/art show/geek out that pleases your eyes and ears one pixel at a time. 4:30 p.m. doors Saturday. Bourbon Street, 316 Guilford Ave., Downtown.

6. ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love.’
Come for Steve Carell, stay for Julianne Moore (though in the film she’s divorcing Carell, which should be against the law) and Ryan Gosling as a suave dude trying to get Carell’s life back on track in this buzzy adult comedy. Opens Friday. 

7. ‘ThunderCats’ reboot
Fire up the Sword of Omens. The beloved 1980s cartoon is getting new life on Cartoon Network, with a fresh set of adventures for Lion-O, Cheetara ... and Snarf. If the trailer is any indication, this has the same look and feel of the old series — a good thing. Premieres 8 p.m. Friday.

8. The Black Lips
The psychedelic-punksters are on the road in support of their latest, Arabia Mountain, produced by wunderkind Mark Ronson. And hopefully have brought along some of their infamous theatrics for the ride. With Night Beats and the Breaks. 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show Thursday. Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St., Remington. $12. theottobar.com9. Wine and Cartooning Workshop
Geppi’s Entertainment Museum teams with Boordy Vineyards for this vino + drawing event. Here’s to drunken cartooning! 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Geppi’s, 301 W. Camden St., Downtown. $20-$30. 10. Starbucks Spelling
They may make some good java, but the folks at Starbucks apparently cannot spell your name on a cup very well. Or maybe hear? As this photo-compilation site proves, they interpret “Luke” as “Loop” and “Sammy” as “Shanur.” Baristas have issues.

Jordan Bartel is assistant editor at b. Email him at or follow him on Twitter, @jordanbartel

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