Best week ever: Baltimore events, sports, music and movies

MOVIES OPENING (Friday, unless otherwise noted)
The Help (Wednesday)
30 Minutes or Less
Another Earth
The Devil’s Double
Final Destination 5
Glee: The 3D Concert Movie

Bachelor Pad (season premiere; 8 p.m. Monday; ABC)
The Bling Ring (special; 8 p.m. Monday; Lifetime)
Single Ladies (season finale; 9 p.m. Monday; VH1)
Superheroes (special; 9 p.m. Monday; HBO)
Tia & Tamera (series debut; 9 p.m. Monday; Style)
Donna Decorates Dallas (series debut; 10 p.m. Monday; HGTV)
Sugar High (series debut; 10:30 p.m. Monday; Food)
Auction Kings (season premiere; 9 p.m. Tuesday; Discovery)
Crazy About Pippa (special; 9 p.m. Tuesday; TLC)
Gordon Ramsay’s F Word (season premiere; 9 p.m. Tuesday; BBC America)
I Escape: Real Prison Breaks (season premiere; 9 p.m. Tuesday; ID)
White Collar (mid-season finale; 9 p.m. Tuesday; USA)
Big Law: Deputy Butterbean (series debut; 10 p.m. Tuesday; ID)
Covert Affairs (mid-season finale; 10 p.m. Tuesday; USA)
Dirty Money (series debut; 10 p.m. Tuesday; Discovery)
Top Shot (season premiere; 10 p.m. Tuesday; History)
Gordon Ramsay’s Shark Bait (special; 11 p.m. Tuesday; BBC America)
Toddlers & Tiaras (mid-season finale; 10 p.m. Wednesday; TLC)
Jon Benjamin Has a Van (season finale; 10:30 p.m. Wednesday; Comedy Central)
Monday Night Football: Preseason: Seattle @ San Diego (special; 8 p.m. Thursday; ESPN)
So You Think You Can Dance (season finale; 8 p.m. Thursday; Fox)
Make Me Superhuman (special; 9 p.m. Thursday; NatGeo)
Extreme Chef (season finale; 10 p.m. Thursday; Food)
Russian Dolls (series debut; 10:30 p.m. Thursday; Lifetime)
NFL Preseason: Tampa Bay @ Kansas City (special; 8 p.m. Friday; Fox)
Karaoke Battle USA (series debut; 9 p.m. Friday; ABC)
Whale Wars (season finale; 9 p.m. Friday; Animal Planet)
Strike Back (series debut; 10 p.m. Friday; Cinemax)
Whale Wars: Reunion (special; 10 p.m. Friday; Animal Planet)
Lavell Crawford: Can a Brother Get Some Love? (special; 11 p.m. Friday; Comedy Central)
Doctor Who: Best of the Doctor (special; 9 p.m. Saturday; BBC America)
Doomsday Prophecy (special; 9 p.m. Saturday; Syfy)
Momster of the Bride (miniseries debut; 9 p.m. Saturday; Style)
Wrestlemania: The World Premiere (special; 9 p.m. Saturday; NBC)
CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock (special; 8 p.m. Sunday; ABC)
Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes (series finale; 8 p.m. Sunday; OWN)
Exorcist Files (special; 9 p.m. Sunday; Discovery)
In the Flow With Affion Crockett (series debut; 9 p.m. Sunday; Fox)
Food Network Star (season finale; 9 p.m. Sunday; Food)
Behind the Music (season finale; 10 p.m. Sunday; VH1)
The Great Food Truck Race (season premiere; 10 p.m. Sunday; Food)
High Stakes Sweepers (special; 10 p.m. Sunday;  TLC)
Lost and Delirious (special; 10 p.m. Sunday; Logo)
The Marriage Ref (season finale; 10 p.m. Sunday; NBC)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High [Blu-ray]
Jumping the Broom
Mars Needs Moms
Secret Diary of a Call Girl: The Final Season
Top Gear: The Complete Season 16
Your Highness

ALBUMS DROPPING (Tuesday; subject to change)
The Throne, “Watch the Throne” [Monday on iTunes; Friday CD Release]
Against Me, “White Crosses”
Drive A, “The World in Shambles”
Luke Bryan, “Tailgates & Tanlines”
Michael Ian Black, “Very Famous”
Pepper Rabbit, “Red Velvet Snowball”
Scattered Trees, “Sympathy”
The Horrors, “Skying Out”
Trivium, “In Waves”


RAMS HEAD LIVE: Beres Hammond (Tuesday); INXS/Berlin (Wednesday); WyckedAlways Better Tomorrow (Thursday); Baltimore Shredfest 2 (Friday and Saturday)

1ST MARINER: America Idol Live Tour (Thursday)

PIER SIX: Melissa Etheridge (Tuesday); Chicago (Sunday)

MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION: Return To Forever IV (Tuesday); My Morning Jacket/Neko Case (Friday) O.A.R. (Saturday)

SONAR: The All Stars Tour (Tuesday); Sean Price and Guilty Simpson (Wednesday); Welcome 2 the Court Vol. 10 (Thursday); BSM rap series “Come and Get It” (Friday); Manifest presents: Release (Saturday)

GOLDEN WEST: Purling Hiss (Thursday); Joan of Arc (Friday); Iceage (Saturday)

BOURBON STREET: Junior Doctor/Shirock (Tuesday); Car Party (Friday);

METRO GALLERY: Tally Hall (Sunday)

OTTOBAR: Anarbor, Conditions, et al (Monday); Proclamation, et al (Tuesday); Insubordination Fest 2011 (Thursday-Saturday); Gang Green, et al (Sunday)

POWER PLANT LIVE: Mr. Greengenes (Friday)

RECHER: Candlebox (Tuesday); Stacked Like Pancakes, et al (Friday); The Ravyns (Saturday); Shoutwaitandgo, et al (Sunday)

9:30 CLUB: Queensryche 30th Anniversary Tour (Tuesday); Volbeat (Wednesday); Brantley Gilbert (Thursday); Kendrick Lamar (Friday); Junior League Band (Saturday)

JIFFY LUBE LIVE: Blink 182/My Chemical Romance (Friday); Tim McGraw/Luke Bryan/The Band Perry (Saturday)

BLACK CAT: Mittenfields (Monday); The Caribbean (Tuesday); Screen Vinyl Image (Wednesday); Couch Night (Thursday); Olivia Mancini & The Mates (Friday); Cryfest (Saturday); Backdoor (Saturday); Alkaline Trio (Sunday; sold out)

ROCK & ROLL HOTEL: The Cool Kids (Tuesday); Kurt Vile and the Violators (Wednesday); Tally Hall (Friday)(; The Silver Liners (Saturday); Rock & Roll Hotel 5 Year Anniversary w/ Patrick Stump (Sunday)

O’s v. White Sox (Monday-Thursday; Camden Yards)
Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week continues (through Sunday; various city locations)
White Marlin Open (Monday-Friday; Harbour Island Marina, Ocean City)
Lobsterama (through Aug. 25; Gertrude’s, Baltimore Museum of Art)
Second Joey V. Memorial Golf Classic (Monday; Fairway Hills Golf Club; Columbia)
Films on the Pier — “Let Me In” (Wednesday; Broadway Pier, Fells Point)
B-52’s headline National Zoo’s outdoor concert fundraiser (Wednesday; National Zoo, Washington)
Preseason NFL: Ravens at Eagles (7:30 p.m. Thursday; NBC/WBAL, 98 Rock)
Baltimore Playwrights Festival premiere: “Abraham & Isaac” (Thursday, runs through Aug. 28; Theatrical Mining Company, Le Clerc Hall, College of Notre Dame)
5th Take Five! Annual Baltimore Improv Festival (Thursday-Sunday; Creative Alliance)
Comedian Josh Sneed (Thursday-Saturday; Baltimore Comedy Factory)
“Beautiful, Delicious, Nutritious” summer chef demo with John Shields (Thursday; Maryland Science Center)
Flicks from the Hill — “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” (Thursday; AVAM)
Comedian Godfrey (Thursday-Saturday; Magooby’s Joke House)
Little Italy Open Air Film Festival — “Nine” (Friday; Little Italy)
O’s v. Tigers (Friday-Sunday; Camden Yards)
Baltimore Playwrights Festival premiere: “Asking Questions” (Friday, runs through Aug. 28; Fells Point Corner Theater)
“The Milwood Elementary School PTA” playwright presentation (Saturday; Strand Theater)
Shiny Happy Things workshop by artist Bob Benson (Saturday; AVAM)
Second African American Authors Expo and Multi-Cultural Book Fair (Saturday; Doubtree Columbia)
FestAfrica 2011 (Saturday and Sunday; Veterans Plaza; Silver Spring Civic Center)
Bike and Wine Tour (Saturday and Sunday; Terrapin Adventures, Savage)
Beer and Fear (Sunday; Terrapin Adventures, Savage)
The Tim Green Quintent, jazz in the sculpture garden (Saturday; Baltimore Museum of Art)

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