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Baltimore Comic Con, Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour and more of the top events this week

Baltimore Comic Con

Reading comic books. Collecting comic books. Dressing like you're a character in the comic books. Yep, it'll be all comics all the time this weekend, as the 17th annual Baltimore Comic Con brings Batman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman and all their fans to the convention center, 1 W. Pratt St., for three days of celebrating visual storytelling at its finest. Come on down and see the latest in what the industry has to offer, meet the artists and writers who make it happen and find out why superheroes make the world a better place. Face front, heroes. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $25-$35 daily, $65 for all three days, with premium packages available. baltimorecomiccon.com.

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Jazzy Summer Nights

Like the name says, with music from Baltimore's own Navasha Daya, plus Wayna, April Sampe and DJ Tanz. 6 p.m. Thursday at Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. $12. piersixpavilion.com

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Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour

Performances from Lil' Kim, Mase, Faith Evans, Mario Winans, 112, Total, Carl Thomas, The Lox and French Montana. Diddy too, of course. 8 p.m. Saturday at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $29.50-$142. royalfarmsarena.com

Emo Night Bawltimore

Emo can trace its origins back to nearby D.C., so perhaps it's appropriate that Emo Night LA's U.S. tour is kicking off with a stop in Baltimore, one of only two dates it'll be playing on the East Coast. Come on down and party like MySpace was still a thing. 9 p.m. Friday at The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. $11. theottobar.com

Charlie Puth

The New Jersey native and one-time YouTube sensation is the headliner at this year's Maryland State Fair. Hey, you gotta respect a guy whose first hit was an homage to the great Marvin Gaye. Also on the bill: Ruth B. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd. in Timonium. $50. marylandstatefair.com

MTV Video Music Awards

MTV doesn't show many music videos these days, but it still hosts the VMAs, so all is not lost. Beyonce leads the way this year with 11 nominations, followed by eight for Adele. Scheduled performers include Britney Spears, Rihanna and Nick Jonas. 9 tonight on MTV.

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The life of the great Nelson Mandela is dramatized in this 2014 play from writers John Ruiz and Yolanda Brooks, coming to Baltimore hot off a run at New York's National Black Theater. Lloyd Goodman stars as Mandela. 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. next Sunday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. $22-$28 ($40 for VIP seating). creativealliance.org

WTMD First Thursdays

The 2016 season's last free concert features music from Augustines, OJR and The Slanted Sound. Thanks, WTMD. 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Canton Waterfront Park, 3001 Boston St. wtmd.org

Monumental City Tour: Patterson Park Pagoda and the Battle of Baltimore

Climb the pagoda for a panoramic view of the park and East Baltimore, and hear all about the events of September 1814, when Baltimoreans gathered in Patterson Park to take on the British (successfully, much to our nation's relief). 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. today at the pagoda, 27 S. Patterson Park Ave. $5. baltimoreheritage.org

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'Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made' and 'Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation'

Here's film fandom carried to a new level. "Raiders" documents the story of a group of preteens so enamored of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" that they spent years working on a scene-for-scene remake — which they only finished two years ago, when they were all in their 40s. Great stuff, inspiring, insightful and touchingly funny. Followed by a screening of the adaptation itself. 7 p.m. Wednesday (with a encore screening at 1 p.m. Sept. 6) at The Senator, 5904 York Road. thesenatortheatre.com.


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