Beethoven, Martin Lawrence and more of the top Baltimore-area events this week

Beethoven Weekend

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ends its centennial commemoration with a performance of what's possibly Beethoven's most beloved composition — his Symphony No. 9 (you might be familiar with its "Ode to Joy"). Ah, transcendence! Also included in Friday's repertoire: the BSO premiere of John Adams' "Absolute Jest," as well as TJ Cole's "Double Play," another in a series of 10 short pieces from American composers written specifically for the BSO's centennial. And to top it all off, the new BSO Late Night series will feature a post-concert performance from the St. Lawrence String Quartet. It all starts at 8 p.m. at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $35-$99. (Also 8 p.m. Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, $40-$105.) And if you want to fully get in the Beethoven mood, check out Wednesday's Rusty Musicians performance, at which anyone who has pre-registered is welcome to perform with the orchestra and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society on Beethoven's Ninth as either an instrumentalist or vocalist. 6:30 p.m. at the Meyerhoff. Free.


Hops & Vines

The over-21 crowd gets in touch with their inner (and possibly too-long-suppressed) kids with an evening of having the Port Discovery Children's Museum all to themselves. Food, wine and beer, too. Why should the youngsters have all the fun all the time? 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday at Port Discovery, 35 Market Place. $50.


Martin Lawrence

The comedian, actor and director brings his "Doin' Time: Uncut Live" tour to Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. Bet he'll have something to say about last week's election. 8 p.m. Saturday. $42.50-$72.50.

'Cerebral Sorcery'

Magicians David London and Francis Menotti present an evening of performance pieces they promise will take audiences "on a philosophical journey into the human mind, and the quest for understanding." Certainly sounds cerebral. 8 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, 5 p.m. next Sunday at Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. $20-$80.

Arturo O'Farrill Quintet

The jazz quintet, led by the pianist, two-time Grammy winner and unofficial Cuban jazz ambassador, kicks off the 26th season of the Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society. 5 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. $10-$40.

Winterfest and Holiday Shop

The annual holiday sale at Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave., starts Saturday and runs through Dec. 31. Find the perfect gift for friends who know a great piece of baked clay when they receive one. For an advance look, check out Friday's Jazz Preview Party, with music from the Exit 17 Trio. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Free (maybe make a donation or bring along a small dish to share?). Baltimore Clayworks hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.


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Weekend Watch

Weekend Watch


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Singer/comedians in white makeup, using only their voices, performing the music of Madonna, Michael Jackson, even Mozart. Odd, but that's probably the point. 8 p.m. Saturday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, $66.50-$82.50.

'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'

A prequel of sorts to the Harry Potter films, as author Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), whose "Fantastic Beasts" textbook Harry would read in his early days at Hogwarts, has some magical adventures in early-20th-century New York City. Also stars Katherine Waterston, Colin Farrell, Jon Voigt and Samantha Morton. In theaters Thursday.

'The Last Laugh'

Is anything off limits when it comes to humor? Ferne Pearlstein's documentary ponders the idea that a subject as sensitive as the Holocaust should be off-limits to comedians, then asks whether that is — or should be — true. With appearances from Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman and Gilbert Gottfried, plus footage from Jerry Lewis' never-seen concentration-camp comedy, "The Day the Clown Cried." 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. $7-$12.


'Cityscape 2016'

Work from more than a dozen artists, culled from a year of painting Baltimore street scenes out in the open air, are on display through Nov. 26 at the Crystal Moll Gallery, 1030 S. Charles St. An opening reception is set for 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. Free.