Ne-Yo, 'Don Quixote' and celebrating the savior of Little Italy: the best of this week's arts and entertainment scene in Baltimore

Feast of St. Anthony Italian Festival

Ever since 1904, when residents of Little Italy prayed to St. Anthony for protection from the Great Baltimore Fire and were spared, the community has celebrated their good fortune. The festival includes food and wine, live music, game wheels and prizes, a street procession in honor of St. Anthony, a bocce tournament (what else?) and the ever-popular Roma sausage-eating contest. Noon-8 p.m. June 2, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 3 along Stiles and Exeter streets, centered at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church, 227 S. Exeter St. $1.

Capital Jazz Fest

Three days of the summer’s hottest jazz, from a lineup of Anita Baker, Earth, Wind & Fire, Diana Krall, Ledisi, Smokey Robinson, Joss Stone, Damien Escobar, Fantasia and about 20 more acts, including tributes to Phyllis Hyman and Luther Vandross. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better music lineup than this anywhere. 7:30 p.m. June 1, noon June 2 and 3 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. $79.50-$245.

Memorial Day Ceremony

Dignitaries, representatives of the armed services and the public will gather at Dulamey Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road in Timonium, to honor the men and women for whom Memorial Day was established. Congressman C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger III will deliver the memorial address, with Col. William Sean Lee, Joint Force Headquarters Chaplain, Maryland National Guard, delivering the keynote. Music will be provided by the 229th Maryland Army National Guard Band and others. 10 a.m. May 28. Free.

Stoop Storytelling: Into the Woods

Real folks tell their favorite three-minute stories of “adventures, misadventures, mistakes, and misery within Mother Nature’s loving embrace.” It’s an open mic night, so maybe you’ll get the chance, too. 7:30 p.m. May 30 at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. $9-$15.


The R&B star takes time out from his judging duties on “World of Dance” to bring “So Sick,” “Closer,” “Mad” and other hits to Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. Also appearing: Bryce Vine. 8 p.m. May 31. $35-$40.

‘Don Quixote’

The National Ballet of the Ukraine, on tour in celebration of its 150th anniversary, presents Cervantes’ tale of nobility, illusions and a return to chivalry, put to glorious music and dance. 7:30 p.m. May 29 at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $53.50-$114.

Philippine Festival 2018

Celebrate the food, culture and music of the Philippines. Includes a parade, cultural presentations, arts and crafts, a kids zone and more. Noon-6 p.m. June 2 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. $5, free for kids under 12.

Sunflower Bean

Jon Pareles of The New York Times once characterized this New York-based trio’s sound as “if psychedelia had emerged after punk and the Police rather than before.” Which sounds plenty arresting. Expect plenty of cuts from their latest, “Twentytwo in Blue.” Also on stage: The Nude Party. 9 p.m. June 1 at Metro Gallery, 1700 N. Charles St. $12-$15.


The former D.C. postal worker (now there’s a fertile breeding ground for comedy), with a resume that includes HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and opening for Tracy Morgan, will be telling it like she sees it at the Baltimore Comedy Factory, 5625 O’Donnell St. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. June 1, 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. June 2, 7 p.m. June 3. $21-$23, plus two-drink minimum.

Sowebo Arts & Music Festival

For the 35th year, Southwest Baltimore lets its hair down for a day of art, music, food and just general bonhomie. An excellent good time. Noon-8 p.m. May 27 at Hollins Market, 1100 Hollins St. Free.

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