One of rock's longest-reigning heavy-metal gods brings the thunder to M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St. These Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have been pounding it out since the '80s, and few do it better — or more powerfully. Prepare to be sonically assaulted, and love it. Also on the bill: Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat and Mix Master Mike. 6 p.m. Wednesday. $55.50-$155.50. metallica.com/tour.
BSO Pulse: Lower Dens
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra joins forces with the Baltimore-based indie pop band Lower Dens for an evening that should stretch more than a few musical boundaries. With a preconcert lobby performance from Curved Light and TT the Artist. 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $30-$35. bsomusic.org.
More than 3,000 pieces of art, the work of graduating Maryland Institute College of Art students, will be on display and for sale all over the MICA campus. Come sample these guys' and gals' work before it gets priced out of our range. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday throughout the MICA campus, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave. $20-$50, free for kids under 14. mica.edu.
Stand-up comic, sitcom star (ABC's "American Housewife") and very, very funny (check out Netflix's "Ali Wong: Baby Cobra" to see just how funny). 7 p.m. Saturday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $59-$107. france-merrickpac.com.
Auschwitz survivor Steven Vogel, the first Hungarian citizen to receive a U.S. immigration visa following World War II, narrates his own story (culled from 17 years of interviews) in this video tribute put together by his son, Jim. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St. $4-$10 museum admission, free for kids under 4. jewishmuseummd.org.
We doubt he'll bring along Nicki Minaj to sing "Bottoms Up," but one can always hope. Regardless, it should be a night of some fine music. 8 p.m. Thursday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. $55. ramsheadlive.com.
'Whose Live Anyway?'
An evening of improv comedy and song, courtesy of Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis and Joel Murray from TV's "Whose Line Is it Anyway?" 8 p.m. Saturday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $26-$46. modell-lyric.com.
Get in on the ground floor and help with the development of two new pieces from playwright Dan Hoyle. At 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, "Each and Every Thing" is described as "a new piece of journalistic theater about finding connection in our digital age," while at 2 p.m. next Sunday, "Borders/No Borders" is a solo project featuring "characters who challenge us with questions about how we negotiate borders every day, from the international to the deeply personal." Center Stage's Play Labs offer audiences the chance to help playwrights develop, shape and fine-tune their work through readings and rehearsals. In the Jay Andrus Rehearsal Hall at Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. $5-$10. centerstage.org.
Ryan Adams & Band
The guy's put out 15 albums in the past 17 years, so who knows just what he'll be singing. But it'll be good. With opening act Jenny Lewis. 7:30 p.m. Friday at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. $40-$55. merriweathermusic.com.
'Lincoln's Final Hours and the Hunt for John Wilkes Booth'
Author/historians Kathryn Canavan and John Howard will discuss the night Lincoln died and the fate of his assassin. Following the presentation, the first floor of Tudor Hall, the Harford County home where Booth grew up, will be open. 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Historical Society of Harford County, 143 N. Main Street in Bel Air. $25, with part of the proceeds going toward the restoration of Tudor Hall. harfordhistory.org.