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The Week's 10 Best

Baltimore Beer Week and the U.S. Sailboat Show are among the area's top events this week.

Open Studio Tour

Some 130 arts studios throughout Baltimore will be throwing open their doors this weekend, showing off all the wondrously creative things they do. Stop on by, meet and talk with the artists (maybe even buy a piece or two for your office or home) and be impressed once again with the thriving artistic community that calls Charm City home. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday.

Baltimore Beer Week

Impressive — a whole week (10 days, actually: Friday through Oct. 16) celebrating all things beer. Some 300 events in all, organizers say. Kicks off with the Baltimore Beer Legends Hall of Fame Luncheon, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday at the Pratt Street Ale House, 206 W. Pratt St. ($45), then gets underway officially with Saturday's Opening Tap Celebration (noon-2 p.m. in the parking lots at M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St.; $59). If you're into beer, there's nowhere else you'll want to be.

United States Sailboat Show

If it floats on the water and is wind-propelled, you'll find it in Annapolis this week. The 47th annual United States Sailboat Show, one of the largest of its kind, features exhibits, workshops, forums and plenty of opportunities to find the sailboat of your dreams. Sail on, sailor. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday (VIP Day), 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday through next Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Monday at the City Dock and harbor in Annapolis. $5-$35 (free for kids 6 and under).

Women of the World Festival

Speakers, panel discussions and other activities, all focusing on issues of most importance to women. Speakers include Anne Donahue, executive producer and co-creator of the "CSI" television series; Jay Newton Small, author of "Broad Influence: The Way Women Are Changing the Way America Works"; sex and relationship therapist Laura Berman; and Assistant U.S. Surgeon General Pamela Schweitzer. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 N. Charles St. $20 per day.

'The Birth of a Nation'

Writer-director Nate Parker stars in this drama of the life of Nat Turner, the Virginia slave who led a bloody rebellion in Virginia in 1831. The film has been generating serious buzz since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January (Fox Searchlight bought the distribution rights to it for $17.5 million), although controversy surrounding a 1999 rape charge — Parker was acquitted, while another man was found guilty, though it was reversed on appeal; the alleged victim committed suicide in 2012 — has dampened some of the enthusiasm. A stunning film, one that's sure to be at the center of a lot of conversations. In theaters Thursday.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

All sorts of cool, carefully handcrafted stuff, presented by the people who made them. The perfect place to get an early jump on your Christmas shopping. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. next Sunday at the state fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. $8-$10.

Hannibal Buress — the Hannibal Montanabal Experience

A funny guy, he's also the dude whose stand-up routine helped bring all the allegations against Bill Cosby back into the public eye. 8 p.m. Thursday at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $17-$65.

An Evening with Diane Rehm

As she gets ready to retire after 37 years on the air, the even-keeled and ever-inquisitive host of NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show" will be interviewed live by WYPR's Andy Bienstock. Followed by a Q&A and book signing. 7 p.m. Thursday at the Maryland Institute College of Art, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave. $50-$200. Tickets through

'Election Season Hijinks'

As if Monday's debate wasn't enough ... political cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher (aka KAL, featured in The Baltimore Sun) joins forces with the Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) to have some fun with the American political system. 8 p.m. Friday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. $12-$18.

BMA Salon launch, 'An Evening of Sake and Pocky'

The Salon, a series of events designed with busy professionals in mind (at least those looking to meet other busy professionals with a lively interest in art), kicks off with a Japan-themed evening, including music, sake and whiskey tastings, Japanese hors d'oeuvres, pocky and a kimono-dressing demonstration. 7 p.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. $15-$40.

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