They're calling this edition "Out of This World," but perhaps they should have called it simply "Outta Here." In case you haven't heard, this will be the last season for the fabled circus, which will be taking down its big top for good next month, after 146 years. That means this will be your last chance to see all the acrobats and clowns and motorcyclists (and other daredevils) and animals (though no elephants) together under one roof. Other circuses remain, of course, but none of them are "The Greatest Show on Earth." Don't let your kids miss out. Opens Thursday and runs through April 30 at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. Fridays, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Sundays. $15-$202. royalfarmsarena.com.
Two brothers try to compete with their rival, that pesky William Shakespeare, by inventing the Broadway musical. Who knew? 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. next Sunday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $42-$162.50. france-merrickpac.com.
Towson University's 10th annual Women And Minorities in Media festival offers a slate of short films that are either the work of women or minority filmmakers, or are of special interest to women and minorities. Offerings include Tara O'Sullivan's "Take With Water," a comedy in which a young woman deals with some of the after-affects of her first one-night stand; the Cody Autterson and Andrew Schneider documentary "My Life: I'm a Surrogate" and Jeeyoon Lee's animated "American Seoul," described as "a short film about family, friendship, and blending the familiar with the new." Programming starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 3 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday at the university, 8000 York Road. $5-$15, with some events free. wammtu.com.
'The Grateful Dead Movie'
What a long, strange trip it's been, and rarely has that been captured better than in this concert film/documentary from 1977, much of it recorded during a five-night run at San Francisco's revered Winterland three years earlier. Any chance to get the Deadheads together again, if only for one night. 7 p.m. Thursday at area theaters. fathomevents.com.
Not Pink Floyd, but the next best thing. Includes a "million-dollar light show," which should help replicate the experience of seeing the real thing live back in the day. 8 p.m. Thursday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $33.50-$156.50. modell-lyric.com.
Billed as "part carnival, part drag and tres Baltimore," this evening of outrageousness (attendees are asked to come dressed in their "most Baltimore outfit") benefits the Baltimore National Heritage Area's Heritage Investment Grant program, raising funds for programming and improvement projects for Baltimore's historic attractions, small museums and community and arts organizations. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna St. $250-$500. explorebaltimore.org/historyisadrag.
'Queen of Katwe' Book Talk
A discussion and book signing featuring Phiona Mutesi and Robert Katende, the real-life inspirations for this book and movie about how a Ugandan girl became an unlikely chess champion. 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, 830 E. Pratt St. $6-$8 museum admission. lewismuseum.org.
The Baltimore Sun celebrates the best B-more has to offer, as picked by staff and chosen by you, the readers. Includes food tastings from area restaurants, handcrafted cocktails, live music from The Rockets and more. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursday at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, 1525 Russell St. $60. baltimoresun.com/bestofbaltimore.
The Doo-Wop Project
Cast members from Broadway's "Jersey Boys" and "Motown: The Musical" join with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to perform songs by such doo-wop greats as The Crests and The Flamingos, plus tunes from Smokey Robinson and The Temptations, Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz, Amy Winehouse and others. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. next Sunday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $33-$99. (Also 8 p.m. Thursday at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, $35-$99.) bsomusic.org.
Silent and live auctions, featuring ceramics and other art, plus ticket packages and plenty of other cool stuff. Food, wine and beer will be available, even for those not bidding. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday (5 p.m. early admission) at Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave. $50-$70. baltimoreclayworks.org.