Def Leppard, John Waters and a tribute to Chuck Berry: this week in Baltimore's arts scene

Def Leppard

Their noise levels undiminished, these British heavy-metal veterans — how can they possibly be entering their fifth decade? — are storming America once again, and thank goodness B-more is among their stops. Even better: the aural onslaught also includes performances by Poison and Tesla. Your poor ears may never be the same. Ain't it grand! 7 p.m. Friday at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $29.50-$125.


'Make Trouble' book release and signing

John Waters' latest, an illustrated presentation of some wisely subversive remarks he made to a graduating class of the Rhode Island School of Design, gets released Tuesday (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $14.95). For the personal touch, Waters will be signing copies at Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Rd., from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday.


Science on Tap: RavenBeer

Learn about the science behind beer-making (quick, how different are the waters is Sweden, Luxembourg-Belgium, Germany and Baltimore, and how does it affect the brewing process?), with special focus on Baltimore's own RavenBeer — which explains why founder and president Stephen Demczuk will be there. 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. $35-$40.

Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles

You realize these guys have been together longer than The (real) Beatles? For those who never saw John, Paul, George and Ringo live, this may be as close as you'll ever come. 8 p.m. Thursday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $32-$62.

David London's Weekend of Magic

A mix of magic, comedy, puppetry, storytelling and a dash of philosophy. The main attraction, London's "Magic Outside The Box Cabaret Show," is set for 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday ($20-$80), but there's also a free all-ages "The Adventure to the Imagi Nation Family" on tap for 1 p.m. Saturday, followed at 3 p.m. by a two-hour Magic and Surrealism Workshop ($25), so maybe you can put your own show together. Everything takes places at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St.

Lush Burlesque & Variety Show

Ruby Rockafella's Lush Burlesque & Variety, promising a mix of "salacious stripping," "dirty ditties," "tempting titillation," "spellbinding bellydance," "raunchy MCing" and probably a few other disreputable variables. Hoo-boy! 9 p.m.-midnight Thursday at 13.5% Wine Bar, 1117 W. 36th St. $15.


Hot in Herre: 2000s Dance Party

Weekend Watch

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The aughts: apparently they had a groove (thanks, Nelly), and you could do some serious dancing to it. DJs Will Eastman and Brian Billion help you re-live those long lost days of your youth (OK, not that long, and hardly lost) beginning at 9 p.m. Saturday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. $11-$16.50.

'The Fate of the Furious'

Dom (Vin Diesel) has turned to the dark side? No, Vin, say it ain't so! Other returning players (most of them bummed by Dom's betrayal) include Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham and Tyrese Gibson. In theaters Thursday.

Sotto Sopra's 21st Birthday Party

Sotto Sopra celebrates its coming-of-age with a bash featuring music from the gypsy jazz group Hot Club of Baltimore, plus songs from chanteuse Alexis Tantau channeling Edith Piaf, Ella Fitzgerald and more. And a free glass of Prosecco for everyone at least as old as the restaurant! Raffles, too. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. $10 cover.


'Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll'

The great Chuck Berry at his finest, treated with the care and respect he deserved and featuring musical support from Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Steve Jordan, Bobby Keys, Linda Ronstadt, Julian Lennon and others. One of the all-time great concert films, and a fascinating portrait of the man himself. Chuck, you were the best. 7:30 tonight at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. $7-$13.