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Charm City Bluegrass Festival, M3 Festival and Steve Winwood: this week in Baltimore's arts scene

The fifth annual Baltimore Bluegrass Festival is set for Druid Hill Park on Saturday.
The fifth annual Baltimore Bluegrass Festival is set for Druid Hill Park on Saturday. (Chiaki Kawajiri / Baltimore Sun)

Charm City Bluegrass Festival

Fourteen bands (on three stages) and nearly 12 hours of music, all in one day. Welcome to Baltimore's fifth annual salute to the joy and beauty of bluegrass, as performed by a who's who of regional and national artists. Includes appearances by The Lone Bellow, Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band, Drew Emmitt and Andy Thorn of Leftover Salmon, Seldom Scene, Cris Jacobs and Lonesome River Band; opening the festival will be local up-and-comers The Dirty Grass Players. Plus local food and brew, crafts, kids' games, spontaneous jam sessions and more. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday in Druid Hill Park, 3100 Swann Drive. $55-$160 (free for kids 10 and under). charmcitybluegrass.com.

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Ratt, with founder and lead vocalist Stephen Pearcy, will be playing the M3 Festival at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday.
Ratt, with founder and lead vocalist Stephen Pearcy, will be playing the M3 Festival at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday.

M3 Festival

Then again, if bluegrass isn't exactly your scene and you prefer your music a little harder, check out the annual salute to May, Music and Metal (well, it's almost May) pounding it out this weekend at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. Kicks off Friday with the traditional appearance by Kix, plus Loverboy, Winger, Faster Pussycat and others. (3:30 p.m., $35-$55). Saturday's set includes performances from Ratt, Tom Keifer, Warrant, Dokken and more (11 a.m., $50-$75). And next Sunday, it's the M3 Southern Rock Classic, with music from Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Charlie Daniels Band, Molly Hatchet, the Outlaws and more (11:45 a.m., $30-$75). Wow. merriweathermusic.com.

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Veteran British rocker Steve Winwood will take to the stage Tuesday at the Modell Center for the Performing Arts at the Lyric.
Veteran British rocker Steve Winwood will take to the stage Tuesday at the Modell Center for the Performing Arts at the Lyric. (Tim Mosenfelder / Getty Images)

Steve Winwood

With great songs to choose from his Spencer Davis Group ("Gimme Some Lovin'") and Traffic days ("The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys"), plus such solo hits as "Higher Love," how can this guy not put on a great show? 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $48-$70. modell-lyric.com.

AC2 Live

An evening with CNN's Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live." They promise "deep talk and shallow tales," so you know what to expect. 8 p.m. Friday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $92.50-$399. france-merrickpac.com.

Comedy Benefit Night

Laughs courtesy of Mickey Cucchiella, Alabama, Joe Recca, Kathy Carson and more, with former Maryland Sen. John Pica Jr. as host. Proceeds benefit the Woodbourne Center. 7 tonight at the Baltimore Comedy Factory, 5625 O'Donnell St. $25. woodbournecenterevents.org.

Baltimore Cocktail Week

A week of seminars, classes, competitions and exhibitions, all designed to make Charm City's bartenders as perfect as can be. Includes today's "Spring Fling Cocktail Competition," (6 p.m.-10 p.m. at R. House, 301 W. 29th St., $20) pitting a dozen of B-more's top bartenders against one another for cash and other prizes. Events continue at various locations through next Sunday. baltimorecocktailweek.com.

The series finale of A&E's "Bates Motel" airs tonight, April 23.
The series finale of A&E's "Bates Motel" airs tonight, April 23. (Cate Cameron / A&E)

'Bates Motel' series finale

Fifty-seven years after "Psycho" introduced us to Norman Bates and his serious mother issues, the Bates family story finally(?) draws to a close. Promises to be plenty creepy and bloody. 10 p.m. Monday on A&E.

The Dover Quartet will perform a free concert at UMBC on Saturday.
The Dover Quartet will perform a free concert at UMBC on Saturday. (Carlin Ma / Handout art)

Dover Quartet

Praised by The New Yorker as "the young American String Quartet of the future," the group will perform a free concert of pieces by Beethoven, Britten and Shostakovich. 3 p.m. Saturday at the Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle in Catonsville. shriverconcerts.org.

'Love's Fire'

A series of short plays, based on Shakespeare's sonnets. So much emotion in just 14 lines. 12:45 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11:15 a.m. May 1 and 2:30 p.m. May 2 at the Art and Humanities Hall, Studio Theatre of the Community College of Baltimore County Essex, 7201 Rossville Blvd. $5-$10 (free for CCBC students). ccbcmd.edu.

Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star in the Oscar-winning "La La Land," being released on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday.
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling star in the Oscar-winning "La La Land," being released on DVD and Blu-ray Tuesday. (Dale Robinette / AP)

'La La Land' on DVD/Blu-ray

The movie that was the Best Picture of 2016 for about two minutes stars Emma Stone (who really did win an Oscar) and Ryan Gosling as young, aspiring performers hoping that some of that L.A. magic rubs off on them. Quite magical, with an amazing opening number. Judge for yourself whether the academy belatedly made the right call. Available Tuesday.

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