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Honfest, Prince tribute and more of the Baltimore area's best events this week

The Baltimore Sun
Prince tribute, Honfest, Greek Fest lead packed week in the Baltimore area.


It's that time of year when Baltimoreans celebrate all things glamorous and retro during this nod to Hampden's working-class past and hipster present. As usual, there will be glorious beehive hairdos, an abundance of spandex, eye-popping eye shadow and a ton of Instagram-worthy moments, not to mention food, music, craft vendors and the coronation of 2016's "Best Hon." 11 a.m.-8 p.m. (with dancing in the street until 10 p.m.) Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 12. 36th Street, Hampden. Free.

Nothing Compares 2 U: A Celebration of Prince

On what would have been Prince's 58th birthday, local musicians and artists gather to celebrate the late great Purple One. Prepare to wave your arms during "Purple Rain," dance along to "Kiss" and shed tears throughout "Sometimes It Snows in April." There will be prizes for whoever channels Prince best through their outfit. 8 p.m. Tuesday.Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. Limited tickets are $12 at the door.

'Now You See Me 2'

Three years after the first movie in was released and with a third movie in the works, "Now You See Me 2" adds Daniel Radcliffe and Lizzy Caplan to its cast. This time, the magicians square off against a tech magnate with money, power and an ego. Opens Friday.


The multitalented and wonderfully weird Baltimore rock Opera Society's latest is set in 532 A.D. Constantinople, with love the source of the tension and an eight-piece live band center stage alongside the ensemble. Premieres 8 p.m. Friday and runs through June 26. Zion Lutheran Church, 400 E Lexington St. $17- $37.

St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival

Join members of the Greek diaspora for an opportunity to immerse yourself in Greek culture. With authentic, homemade cuisine, Greek music floating through the air and a display of traditional attire, it's a great blend of education and entertainment. Noon-10 p.m. Thursday and June 12; noon-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Greektown Square, 701 Ponca St. Free.

The Baltimore Uprising Through Our Eyes: Past, Present and Future

Students from Guilford Elementary and Middle School use music, art and a panel discussion to share their reflections on an event that has indelibly marked a generation. 2 p.m. Saturday. Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. Included with museum admission: $6-$8.

'Ghostbusters' revival

With the availability of the smartphone, the answer to the question, "Who you gonna call?" isn't as simple as it once was. Still, thanks to Fathom Events, the original 1984 "'Ghostbusters" will return to the big screen ahead of the new female-centric reboot. This may offer some comfort to those who believe classics should remain untouched. In theaters Wednesday and June 12. For tickets and a rundown of participating local theaters, go to

Brew and Bourbon Classic

Beer, bourbon and horse racing are a popular (though not always available) trifecta. Spend the afternoon sampling over 60 beers and bourbons, while prized horses speed down the tracks. 1 p.m -6 p.m, Saturday. Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Parks Heights Ave. $39.

Pints in the Park

Whether you're a native Baltimorean or new to the city, this is a way to enjoy happy hour and meet new people. There will be beers from Baltimore breweries and, if you're a fitness enthusiast, there's the option to go on a quick group run and return in time for the festivities. 5 p.m.-8 p.m Friday (runs the second Friday of each month through October). Center Plaza, corner of North Charles and Fayette streets. Free.

Heavy Seas Blunderbuss Festival

Music festival season is officially upon us, and for those who couldn't make it to Coachella and would like a bite-size fest closer to home, Heavy Seas presents an inaugural event the length of a working day, but with a lot more punch. Funk group Robert Randolph and the Family Band headline, and electronic duo Boombox, who often freestyle their set list, will also be featured.1 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. Rash Field, 201 Key Highway. $39-$99.

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