Pentatonix, 'Romeo and Juliet' and more of the Baltimore area's top events this week



They probably won't play anything from their "That's Christmas to Me" album, but that's about the only negative we can think of. With opening acts Us The Duo and AJ Lehrman. 8 p.m. Thursday at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. $45.$90.


MICA ArtWalk/Commencement Exhibition

Check out the work of the Maryland Institute College of Art's finest students, especially the graduating class of 2016. ArtWalk offers more than two miles of art exhibitions, spread over eight buildings. Food trucks will be on hand, too. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. (4:30 for VIP) Thursday, with registration at Cohen Plaza, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave. $20-$50. The free Commencement Exhibition, running campuswide, offers exhibit space for some 400 members of the class of 2016. Friday through May 16.

Bottles at the National Harbor Food and Wine Festival. The festival's Baltimore edition is Saturday.

Baltimore Wine and Food Festival

Area oenophiles are undoubtedly counting the days until Saturday, when this inaugural celebration of wine and all the glorious foods it tastes good with takes over the Inner Harbor's Rash Field, 201 Key Highway. Ah, to revel in the wonders that are the fermented grape (and assorted other fruit as well). The menu, provided by seven area restaurants and assorted private chefs from Eleven Courses in Columbia, includes stuffed oysters, lamb kebabs, gnocchi, blackened tuna and other deliciousness. And then there's the wine, some 150 options in all. Live music, too. Work up a good appetite by signing up for the Charm City Wine Run 5K, starting at 9:30 a.m. at Rash Field ($49-$89 to enter). The festival runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $39-$89.

'Beauty and the Beast'

Enjoy Belle and Beast and all those wonderful songs. Opens Tuesday and runs through May 15 at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $27.25-$172.50.

Salt-N-Pepa headlines the I Love the '90s concert at Royal Farms Arena.

'I Love the '90s'

For those who do, we offer music from Salt N Pepa with Spinderella, Coolio, Tone Loc, Color Me Badd, Rob Base, All 4 One and Young MC. 8 p.m. Saturday at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $52-$125.

'Romeo and Juliet'

An operatic take on the world's favorite star-crossed lovers, courtesy of William Shakespeare, composer Charles Gounod, soprano Sara Joy Miller (as Juliet) and tenor Jonathan Boyd (as Romeo). 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $50-$165.

Author Jesse Holland.

Writers Live: Jesse Holland

Weekend Watch


Plan your weekend with our picks for the best events, restaurant and movie reviews, TV shows and more. Delivered every Thursday.

The author of "The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House," a chronicle of slaves and the U.S. presidents who owned, discusses his work. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Maryland State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, 415 Park Ave. Free.

African-American Children's Book Fair

There will be author readings, illustration workshops, performances and craft activities, plus all kinds of books for sale (even a free book per family, while supplies last). Nearly 50 authors will be in attendance, as will Ashlee Thomas, Miss Black Maryland USA 2016 and former New York Jets wide receiver (and Baltimore native) Tavon Mason. Noon Saturday at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. Free.

A dog model at last year's Pawject Runway.

Pawject Runway

Ravens Morgan Cox, Lawrence Guy and Ryan Jensen, Orioles wives Maria Wieters, Yainee Machado and Christina Tillman, MMA fighter Dan Root and other athletes will walk the runway alongside some of the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter's best-dressed pets. Proceeds benefit BARCS. 6 p.m. Friday at the Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $20-$65.


Lithuanian Festival

Traditional foods, dancing and crafts – a Baltimore tradition "bringing the Baltic to the Bay" for 44 years. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and May 15 at the Catonsville Armory, 130 Mellor Ave. $5.