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This week in Baltimore: Washington Monument lighting, 'Repo Man' and 100 Elvises

This week in Baltimore: Washington Monument lighting, 'Repo Man' and 100 Elvises
A decorative snowflake accentuates fireworks at the 2015 Washington Monument lighting. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Monument lighting

Baltimore's 179-foot marble Christmas tree (good luck finding another one of those anywhere) gets lit up on Thursday, thanks to some 16,000 LED lights. Hard to believe this tradition has been around for 45 years. The lighting is the centerpiece of a celebration that includes entertainment, food, holiday activities and fireworks. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. in Mount Vernon, centering around the intersection of Charles and Monument streets. Free. godowntownbaltimore.com.

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Diana Atwell of Glenwood responds as Elvis (Randall Rivers of Fairfax) gives her a scarf while performing at the 2015 Night of 100 Elvises.
Diana Atwell of Glenwood responds as Elvis (Randall Rivers of Fairfax) gives her a scarf while performing at the 2015 Night of 100 Elvises. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Night of 100 Elvises

A night filled with Elvises of all shapes, sizes, ages and talent levels. Repeat after us: "Oh, since my baby left me, I've found a new place to dwell/Down on the end of Lonely Street at Heartbreak Hotel." 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday at the Lithuanian Hall, 851 Hollins St. $60-$70. nightof100elvises.com.

'The Nutcracker'

The Ballet Theatre of Maryland and Concert Artists of Baltimore present Tchaikovsky's ode to wooden soldiers, sugarplum fairies and holiday magic. 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $29-$54. lyricbaltimore.com.

"Blue & Lonesome," the new qalbum from The Rolling Stones -- Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards -- will be released Friday.
"Blue & Lonesome," the new qalbum from The Rolling Stones -- Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards -- will be released Friday. (Ian West / TNS)

The Rolling Stones, 'Blue & Lonesome' release

The World's Greatest Rock N Roll Band releases their first album of all new material since 2005's "A Bigger Bang" — a compilation of blues covers that takes Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ron back to their early-'60s roots. So promising. Available Friday.

Bobby V

The R&B singer who gave us "Slow Down" gets top billing, but the undercard isn't bad, either: Dru Hill's Scola, Average Joe, Jerzey Shawn and Chop Johnson. 8 p.m. Wednesday at Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place. $20-$55. baltimoresoundstage.com.

Emilio Estevez in 'Repo Man.'
Emilio Estevez in 'Repo Man.' (Universal/Photofest)

'Repo Man' Night

One of the '80s most intense movies (in a crazed sort of way), with Emilio Estevez as an L.A. punk turned repo man (he repossesses cars from buyers who miss their payments) who meets up with some aliens (the outer-space kind) and finds them more enticing than his girlfriend, gets screened. Better yet, bands including Thee Lexington Arrows, Gateway To Hell, Manta Rat, Puddle and Cris Cowan will perform songs from the film's soundtrack. 8 p.m. Thursday at The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. $5. theottobar.com.

Robert Downey Jr., left, and Jake Gyllenhaal in a scene from "Zodiac."
Robert Downey Jr., left, and Jake Gyllenhaal in a scene from "Zodiac." (Handout / MCT)

'Zodiac'

David Fincher directed this disturbing 2007 take on the search for a serial killer in 1970s San Francisco, based on a true story (the Zodiac Killer was all-too-real, unfortunately). With Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Edwards. 8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. next Sunday, 1 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 at The Senator theatre, 5904 York Road. $7-$10. thesenatortheatre.com.

Handel's 'Messiah'

Sure, you know the "Hallelujah" chorus, but George Frideric Handel's most famous work is so much more than just that one glorious piece. Hear the whole oratorio, one of the season's grandest traditions, as performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Artists of Baltimore Symphonic Chorale. 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. next Sunday at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $25-$84. (Also 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Music Center at Strathmore, 54301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda. $35-$99.) bsomusic.org.

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Baltimore Chamber of Commerce Legislative Reception

Wondering just what the election results will mean to business here in Baltimore? Here's a chance to mix and mingle with a selection of the area's business and legislative leaders, and maybe find out. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hyatt Place Inner Harbor, 511 S. Central Ave. $40-$55. baltimorecitychamber.org.

David Drake, left, Bill Benson and Cathy Hamel at the 2014 Holly Ball Gala benefiting Gilchrist Center.
David Drake, left, Bill Benson and Cathy Hamel at the 2014 Holly Ball Gala benefiting Gilchrist Center. (Karen Jackson / Baltimore Sun)

Holly Ball

"Baltimore's most elegant evening" (so the website promises), with dancing to music from The Mood Swings. Benefits Gilchrist Center Towson. 7 p.m.-midnight Friday at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, 700 Aliceanna St. $350. gilchristservices.org.

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