Light City, superheroes and the Swanktacular: the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week

Light City's Neighborhood Lights installations will be in 14 Baltimore communities Friday-next Sunday.

Neighborhood Lights

Baltimore kicks off its third Light City festival with installations in 14 neighborhoods — all utilizing light in one way or another. In Federal Hill, for instance, long-exposure photographs made by neighborhood residents using light “brushes” will be on display, while in Little Italy, the Stiles Street bocce courts will be illuminated with a canopy of re-purposed materials, projected video and light. Other installations, like the work of local artists, will be set up Friday through next Sunday in Belair-Edison, Bromo Arts Tower and Entertainment District, Darley Park, Baybrook (Brooklyn and Curtis Bay), Remington, Hamilton-Lauraville, Highlandtown, Hollins Roundhouse/Southwest Baltimore, Locust Point, Patterson Park, Pigtown and Waverly. For locations and details on each installation, visit


Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends: New Worlds

Billed as “a fascinating encounter between great music and great literature,” comedian Murray and cellist Vogler are joined by Mira Wang on violin and Vanessa Perez on piano in a program of music and readings from such American artists as Mark Twain, George Gershwin, Walt Whitman and Leonard Bernstein. 8 p.m. Friday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $64.50-$148.


Maryland Day Celebration

Mark the 384th anniversary of the founding of the Free State (in 1634) with a weekend of events in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, including visits to the Maryland State House, Chesapeake Children’s Museum and William Paca House and Garden, guided tours on Saturday of Brewer Hill Cemetery and an open house next Sunday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Friday-next Sunday; for details, including a full schedule, check out

Broken Social Scene plays Rams Head Live on Friday.

Broken Social Scene

The Canadian alt-rockers bring their ever-changing lineup to Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. Pleads the group, via Twitter, “Good people of Baltimore, don’t miss out on your chance to engage in the cathartic exhalation of joyful screams that will be our show." Indeed. 8 p.m. Friday. $25-$30.

The Bowie Baysox season opener is Thursday against the Harrisburg Senators.

Bowie Baysox season opener

The Orioles’ AA Eastern League team launches its 26th season with a game against the Harrisburg Senators. 6:35 p.m. Thursday at Prince George’s Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway in Bowie. $8-$18.

"The Breadwinner" plays screens at the Niarchos Foundation Parkway on Thursday.

‘The Breadwinner’

The Sweaty Eyeballs series presents this 2017 Oscar-nominated animated feature about a young Afghan girl who, after her father is wrongfully arrested, disguises herself as a boy so she can provide for her family. Directed by Nora Twomey (“The Secret of Kells”) and executive-produced by Angelina Jolie. 7 p.m. Thursday at the Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave. $8-$10.


Hot Flashbacks: A ‘Golden Girls’ Tribute Show

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They may not be Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Betty White, but members of the Golden Gays NYC offer the next best thing, as Dorothy, Blanche and Rose sing and dance their way through some of the show’s most iconic moments. 6 p.m. Thursday at the Cabaret at Germano’s, 300 S. High St. $20-$25.

"Marvel Universe Live" comes to Royal Farms Arena Thursday-next Sunday.

Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes

If your Spidey sense is tingling, here’s why: Iron Man, Black Panther and many more of the world’s mightiest heroes, live on stage, fighting to (no doubt) save the world. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. next Sunday at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $18-$68.

Swanktacular: Bootlegger’s Ball

The Baltimore Rock Opera Society presents its fourth annual benefit, with an open bar of craft drinks (including The Chuggernaut, BROS’ very own limited-edition canned beer), seriously delicious food and a jazz cabaret of BROS’ favorite songs. Get raucous. 8 p.m. Saturday at Zion Lutheran Church, 400 E. Lexington St. $100-$150.


Mary Reid Kelley & Patrick Kelley: We Are Ghosts

Two short films from director Mary Reid Kelley and her husband, Patrick Kelley, are featured: “This is Offal” (2016) is inspired by Thomas Hood’s 1844 poem “The Bridge of Sighs,” in which a young woman commits suicide by throwing herself off a London bridge, while their latest collaboration, “In the Body of the Sturgeon,” offers a feminist perspective on life on a submarine stationed in the Pacific toward the end of World War II. The exhibit also includes six light boxes featuring characters from the films and details from their sets. Opens Wednesday and remains up through Aug. 19 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free.