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The best Baltimore-area events this week: John Legend, Baltimore Dragon Boat Challenge and Latinofest

The best Baltimore-area events this week: John Legend, Baltimore Dragon Boat Challenge and Latinofest
R&B singer John Legend (Luca Bruno / Associated Press)
John Legend

He's won Grammys, an Oscar and (as of last Sunday) a Tony. He's sold a few zillion records, he's one of the top R&B artists of his day and he's married to Chrissy Teigen. Yeah, we'd say John Legend has done alright for himself. Tuesday night at Columbia's Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, you get to hear and see why. Expect all the hits, songs like "All of Me" (of course), along with "Green Light" and "Love Me Now" and probably a few songs from "La La Land." With opening act Gallant. 7:30 p.m. $59-$499. merriweathermusic.com.

'Transformers: The Last Knight'

Yep, the Transformers are back for a fifth go-round, in the film that director Michael Bay says will be his last for the franchise. We suspect there will be lots of carnage. In theaters Thursday.

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Latinofest returns to Patterson Park on Saturday and next Sunday.
Latinofest returns to Patterson Park on Saturday and next Sunday. (Joe Soriero / Baltimore Sun)
Latinofest

With summer freshly arrived, what better way to celebrate than with one of Baltimore's most dependable hot times? Enjoy a weekend of Latin food, dance and music (from two stages), with heavy doses of salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia and reggaeton. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-9 p.m. next Sunday in Patterson Park, Patterson Park and Eastern avenues. $10, free for kids under 12. "37th Annual LatinoFest" on facebook.com.

‘Promenade: Baltimore’

Board a bus and be driven through many of Baltimore's neighborhoods, watching through your window as street performers do their thing, accompanied by a piped-in mix of music, narration and stories, some told by neighborhood residents. 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. today, Saturday and next Sunday; buses depart from Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St. $22-$45. singlecarrot.com.

The Aberdeen Ironbirds' mascot, Ferrous, leads cheers.
The Aberdeen Ironbirds' mascot, Ferrous, leads cheers. (Nicole Munchel / Baltimore Sun Media Group)
Aberdeen Ironbirds season opener

The Orioles' short-season Class A minor-league affiliate opens its 16th season in owner Cal Ripken Jr.'s hometown of Aberdeen, taking on the Hudson Valley Renegades. As of press time, the Orioles' Zach Britton is supposed to pitch as part of his rehab from injury, which could be fun (and hopefully encouraging) to watch. 7:05 p.m. Monday at Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium, 873 Long Drive. $12-$34. aberdeenironbirds.com.

Paula Ferguson of Roanoke, Va., designed her own T-shirt for the 2014 Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival, which returns to Rash Field Saturday and next Sunday.
Paula Ferguson of Roanoke, Va., designed her own T-shirt for the 2014 Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival, which returns to Rash Field Saturday and next Sunday. (Kenneth K. LAM / Baltimore Sun)
Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival

No event offering all-you-can-eat steamed crabs should be ignored lightly. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday at Rash Field, 201 Key Highway. $29-$95. mdcrabfest.com.

Big Show, Little Big Show and Big Show Onstage

Creative Alliance members, young and old, show off one example each of their artwork; trust us, the range of stuff to be seen here is amazing. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Saturday-June 29 (with an opening reception 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday). And don't forget the Big Show Onstage, featuring performances — a little bit of everything — from many of those same members. 8 p.m. Saturday. All free, and all at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. creativealliance.org.

The Annapolis Dragon Boat Club's entry in the 2015 Baltimore Dragon Boat Challenge, which returns to the Inner Harbor Saturday.
The Annapolis Dragon Boat Club's entry in the 2015 Baltimore Dragon Boat Challenge, which returns to the Inner Harbor Saturday. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)
Baltimore Dragon Boat Challenge

Fierce-looking watercrafts, slicing their way through the harbor, with dockside crowds cheering their success. Watch as teams from Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., paddle it out for dragon-boat supremacy. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday along the waterfront promenade at Under Armour headquarters, 1010 Hull St. Free. baltimoredragonboatclub.com.

Groovin’ in the Grass

The annual Summer Concert Series at Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike in Monkton, kicks off tonight with a performance by Crawdaddies, then continues through the summer with Tall in the Saddle (next Sunday), Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra (July 2), Charm City Junction (July 9), Mambo Combo (July 16), Don't Stop Band (July 23), Tumblehome (July 30) and Jody West Band (Aug. 6). 6 p.m.-8 p.m. $5-$15 (free for kids under 2). ladewgardens.com.

‘Abacus: Small Enough to Jail’

This latest from documentary filmmaker Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") looks at the case of New York's Chinatown-based Abacus Federal Savings Bank, the 2,531st largest bank in the U.S. and the only one prosecuted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Opens Friday at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave. $8-$10. mdfilmfest.com.

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