Amy Schumer, Irish Festival and more of the top events this week in the Baltimore area

Towson U. alum Amy Schumer will be performing Saturday night at Royal Farms Arena.

Amy Schumer

Towson University's funniest alum may also be the funniest woman on the planet right now, which you've got to admit is pretty cool. Sure, she's outrageous, and sure, some people might be offended. Wanna take a guess how many people were offended by Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor in their primes? That's some pretty rarefied air Schumer is breathing these days. Check her out when she plays the Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., at 8 p.m. Saturday. $42-$112.

Pat Ozborn, Sis Heagy and Ann Guerin serve the popular Irish "champ," mashed potatoes with scallions, milk and butter, at the 2015 Maryland Irish Festival.

Maryland Irish Festival

Stick a shamrock or two in your hair, kiss the nearest leprechaun and wear as much green as possible. Welcome to the weekend where Baltimoreans are invited to transport themselves to the Emerald Isle for a weekend. Bangers and mash, anyone? 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. next Sunday at the state fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. $10-$20 per day, free for 17 and younger.


Global Carnival

This year's Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture annual gala is a celebration of all the cultures embraced by the diaspora, and includes a dance floor, open bar, casino and live entertainment. Organizers promise a visit to "Rio, the Caribbean, and New Orleans Mardi Gras all in one night." Sounds good to us. 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 830 E. Pratt St. $90-$125.

Baltimore filmmaker Matthew Porterfield will be moderating Saturday's panel discussion on "New Ways to Make Movies."

'Between the Screens: An Inside Look at New Ways to Make Movies'

Baltimore's own Matt Porterfield ("I Used to be Darker") moderates this discussion of the expanding possibilities for filmmakers looking to both fund and distribute their work. Consider: 15 years ago, neither Netflix nor Amazon nor Hulu were much into the filmmaking business. And now, where do you watch "House of Cards?" Also on the panel are filmmakers Lodge Kerrigan ("The Girlfriend Experience") and Marielle Heller ("Diary of a Teenage Girl"). Sponsored by the Maryland Film Festival. 7 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland Institute College of Art's Brown Center, 1300 W. Mount Royal Ave. $40 ($200 for cocktails beforehand and dinner afterward).

Election Night Party

Await the election results at this celebration inspired by the artists/activists of the Guerrilla Girls, whose work is on display at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Make your own posters and political buttons, talk about the intersection of art and politics and otherwise celebrate the electoral process. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday at the BMA, 10 Art Museum Drive. $5-$10.

Kimberly Elise, Mo'Nique, Nicole Ari Parker, Danny Glover and Gabrielle Union star in  "Almost Christmas."

'Almost Christmas'

Isn't Thanksgiving supposed to be a joyous occasion? Maybe not so much for the members of this dysfunctional clan, who are getting together for the first big holiday since the mother died. Danny Glover, Gabrielle Union and Jessie Usher star. In theaters Thursday.


Veterans Day Weekend at B&O Railroad Museum

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Pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country with living history demonstrations (on a World War II sleeper car) and a display of vintage military vehicles. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. next Sunday at the B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. $12-$18 museum admission, free for veterans with military I.D.

'Last House Standing: A Play About the Highway to Nowhere'

In 1968, a family living in West Baltimore is forced out of their home to make way for a highway project — which ends up being a 2.5-mile stretch of road that doesn't go much of anywhere. (Anyone remember the aborted I-170 project?) 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. next Sunday at the Arena Playhouse, 801 N. McCulloh St. $13-$20.

At School 33

Three new multi-media art exhibits, all opening Friday and running through Jan. 21, 2017. "Joyride" features four artists "plumb(ing) the depths of their childhood obsessions." C. Harvey's "The Re-Education" explores the causes and results of poverty. Phaan Howng's cinema-sized "Biological Controls: If It Bleeds, We Can Kill It" offers what the artist calls "an optimistic post-apocalypse." An opening reception for all three is set for 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday at Gallery 33, 1427 Light St. Free.

From "The Re-Education," an exhibit of works by C. Harvey opening at Baltimore's School 33 on Friday.

Young Thug

Known, perhaps, as much for his fashion sense as his rapping style, both of which are formidable. 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. $33-$38.