In a tradition that goes back decades, Baltimore salutes its Irish heritage (and all those who like to think they’re Irish, on at least one day of the year) with a parade beginning at 2 p.m. March 10 at the Washington Monument, Charles and Monument streets, then heading south on Charles and east on Pratt Street to Market Place. (irishparade.net) Other events of the day include the 8th annual Parade Day Mass, 10:45 a.m. at the Basilica of the Assumption, 409 Cathedral St., and the Under Armour Kelly St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K, scheduled to start at 1:15 p.m., beginning at Charles and Mulberry streets and ending at Power Plant Live, 34 Market Place. (baltimoreshamrock5k.com) As always, the wearing of the green is optional, though encouraged.
Legends of Hip Hop
Juvenile, Scarface, Too Short, DJ Quik, 8 Ball & MJG, Bun B and Pastor Troy — together for one night, onstage at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. 8 p.m. March 15. $58-$131. royalfarmsarena.com.
The coming of spring may not normally be a cause for laughter, but maybe it should be. Join the immersive, interactive show that is Ghost Party for an evening of improv “that draws on themes surrounding ghosts, the occult, and other things ghoulish in nature.” And it isn’t even Halloween! 10 p.m.-11 p.m. March 15 at the BIG Theater, 1727 N. Charles St. Free. bigimprov.org.
The Maryland Science Center’s annual celebration of the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, complete with a pi chain (with digits strung along the staircase), free pie, a pie-eating contest and maybe even a pie in the face. Expect a lot of non-terminating, non-repeating fun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 14 at the science center, 601 Light St. $18.95-$24.95 museum admission, free for kids under 3. mdsci.org.
The pride of the Irish rock scene brings his “Wasteland Baby!” tour to the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. 8 p.m. March 13. Sold out, but tickets are available on the resale market (try ticketmaster.com or stubhub.com) beginning at around $130. france-merrickpac.com.
It’s never too early to start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, right? In that spirit, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 16, Power Plant Live, 34 Market Place, will be offering music from multiple DJs, along with food, green beer, confetti cannons, go-go dancers and plenty more celebrating. Plus access to Mosaic, Luckie’s Tavern, Luckie’s Liquors, PBR Baltimore, Angel's Rock Bar, Leinenkugel’s Beer Garden, Howl at The Moon and Tin Roof. $30-$100. powerplantlive.com.
‘The Case Against Adnan Syed’
A four-part documentary, detailing the investigation and trial that ultimately resulted in the conviction of Woodlawn High student Syed for murdering his 18-year-old classmate and ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee — a case made famous through the “Serial” podcast, which heavily suggested that Syed is innocent. Sun TV critic David Zurawik calls it “a skillfully crafted work of non-fiction dealing with profound themes of love, assimilation, ethnicity, family, religion, community, crime, justice, prejudice, passion and the criminal justice system. It’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ meets ‘Law & Order.’” Premieres at 9 p.m. March 10 on HBO.
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As happy as you are that spring finally has arrived, the animals are, too. Come celebrate with them at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore’s annual spring celebration, complete with treats, activities and giveaways, plus goodies for the animals, as well. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 16 at the zoo, 1 Safari Place. $15-$19 zoo admission, free for kids under 2. marylandzoo.org.
A guitarist who has played with King Crimson (as the group’s frontman for nearly 30 years), Frank Zappa and David Bowie, Belew and his quartet are promising to play a wide range of his catalog, including some “King Crimson material I haven't played for years.” 8 p.m. March 13 at Rams Head on Stage, 33 West St. in Annapolis. $35. ramsheadonstage.com.
David Brancaccio: ‘Thinking Beyond the Next Recession’
Join the host of NPR’s “Marketplace Morning Report” for a networking breakfast, talk and Q&A on “the future of technological unemployment and why the next recession may not be our biggest economic dilemma.” In case you needed anything more to worry about, right? 7 a.m.-10 a.m. March 14 at the Center Club, 100 Light St. $65-$85, proceeds benefit WYPR. wypr.org.