The best Baltimore-area events this week: Visionary Pets on Parade, Flicks From the Hill and David Blaine

The Towson Fourth of July parade is set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, one of many parades scheduled in the Baltimore area.

Fourth of July fireworks and parades

All sorts of opportunities for celebrating the red, white and blue this Independence Day — including the chance to start early, at the Havre de Grace Independence Celebration, starting at 2 p.m. today with a parade from Union Avenue to Tydings Park, then continuing with a Block Party on Washington Street at 4 p.m. and fireworks over the Susquehanna at 9:15 p.m. ( On the Fourth itself, you can choose from parades and celebrations in Dundalk (8:15 a.m., starting at the Logan Village Shopping Center, 3409 Dundalk Ave.,, Towson (10:30 a.m., beginning at Burke Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard,, Arbutus (12:30 p.m., beginning at Elm Road and Oregon Avenue, and Catonsville (3 p.m., beginning at Frederick Road and Montrose Avenue, Additional parades are set for 6:30 p.m. in Annapolis, beginning at Amos Garrett Boulevard and West Street, followed at 9:15 p.m. by fireworks over Annapolis Harbor (, and at 6 p.m. in Bel Air, beginning at Idlewild and South Main Street and followed at about 9:30 p.m. by fireworks launched from Rockfield Park ( There are celebrations planned in Columbia, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. on the shores of Lake Kittamaqundi ( and Westminster, 3 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 South Center St. ( And of course, the big party begins at 7 p.m at Baltimore's Inner Harbor, with live music from the Commodores U.S. Navy Jazz Ensemble, at the amphitheater at Pratt and Light streets, followed by fireworks, launched from a barge in the harbor, at 9:30 p.m.


BSO Star-Spangled Spectacular

Patriotic music (we're guessing more than a touch of John Philip Sousa, plus Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture"), plus fireworks. Very rousing. 8 p.m. Monday at Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville. (Be sure to bring something to sit on.) $9-$20.

The American Visionary Art Museum's Visionary Pets on Parade is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Visionary Pets on Parade

Baltimore-area pets show they can be as patriotic as any human, more so than some. Plenty of dogs and cats, sure, but the real stars are the occasional tortoise or iguana. Truly, you haven't lived until you've seen a star-studded reptile. 10 a.m. Tuesday at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. Free.

Flicks From the Hill and Cinema al Fresco kick off

Baltimore's most enduring outdoor film traditions begin their seasons this week. First up is the American Visionary Art Museum's Flicks from the Hill series, unspooling at 9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 24. This week's movie is 1971's "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," followed by "Napoleon Dynamite" (July 13), "The Hundred-Foot Journey" (July 20), "Big" (July 27), "Julie & Julia" (Aug. 3), Eddie Murphy in "The Nutty Professor" (Aug. 10), "Moonstruck" (Aug. 17) and "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial" (Aug. 24). All movies are shown on a 30-foot screen set up outside the museum and are visible from Federal Hill ( On Friday, Little Italy's Cinema al Fresco, projecting films onto the outside wall of a house at High and Stiles streets, opens with the traditional "Moonstruck," then continues through August with "Grease" (July 14), "The Godfather" (July 21), "The Godfather Part II" (July 28), "Under the Tuscan Sun" (Aug. 4), "Rocky" (Aug. 11), 1960's original "Ocean's Eleven" (Aug. 18) and "Cinema Paradiso" (Aug. 25). Movies start around 9 p.m. (except for 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 25), preceded by two hours of live music and accompanied by free popcorn. Best to bring a chair along.

Chesapeake Bayhawks Military Appreciation Night

The Bayhawks battle for lacrosse dominance vs. the Rochester Rattlers at 6 p.m. tonight at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Ave. in Annapolis. Also included: a concert featuring country artist Craig Campbell and postgame fireworks. $15-$95.

Director Julie Dash's "Daughters of the Dust" plays at The Parkway on Thursday.

Free Films Thursday in July

A month-long series of free Thursday night movies at The Parkway, 5 W. North Ave., kicks-off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with director Julie Dash's 1991 "Daughters of the Dust," a drama centering on a family struggling to maintain their vanishing culture. Other films in the series are "Black Girl" (July 13), the animated "Fantastic Planet" (July 20) and "The Color of Pomegranates" (July 27).


BJ Barham

The frontman of alt-country band American Aquarium goes at it alone, bringing his "The Great 48" tour to Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place. 8 p.m. Monday. $15-$17.

The annual Shore Leave sci-fi convention takes place from Friday to next Sunday in Cockeysville.

Shore Leave

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A sci-fi convention for all fans of the genre, with a guest list that includes Michael Dorn (Worf) and Marina Sirtis (Troi) from "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Kevin Sussman of "The Big Bang Theory" and plenty of others. Friday-next Sunday at the Marriott Delta Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road in Hunt Valley. $20-$75 per day, $100 for a three-day pass.

Magician David Blaine will perform at the Hippodrome on Saturday.

David Blaine Live

Unbelievable. Seriously, how does he do this stuff!? 8 p.m. Saturday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $74.50-$86.50.


'Diary of a Lost Girl'

The great Louise Brooks stars as Thymian, a young woman wronged and wronged and wronged again, in G.W. Pabst's silent 1929 classic. 7 p.m. Monday, 9 p.m. Thursday at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St. $8.50-$11.