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Mermen, Hot August Music Festival, and Arts in the Park: the best of Baltimore's arts scene

Hot August Music Festival As if August weren’t hot enough already, a dozen bands will be massing at Oregon Ridge Park Aug. 18 to heat things up even more. With three stages hosting acts simultaneously, there’s bound to be something pleasing to your ears (and maybe a couple other senses, as well). Participating musicians include The Revivalists, Trampled by Turtles, Psycho Killers, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Nikki Hill, the Cris Jacobs Band and more. The music starts at 11:30 a.m. at the park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road in Cockeysville. $73-$199. hotaugustmusicfestival.com.

St. Gabriel Festival The highlight of every Little Italy summer: all sorts of Italian food (including a sausage-eating contest and a sit-down pasta dinner indoors), plus music, vendors, art displays, bingo and (naturally) bocce. Noon-8 p.m. Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug 19 along Stiles and Exeter streets. $1. saintleorcc.com.

Dinner In the Woods Fine food and wine, served in the peaceful confines of Patapsco State Park. Proceeds benefit City Seeds and its mission of finding food industry jobs for the economically and socially disadvantaged. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Aug. 16 at Shelter 201 in the park, 1101 Hilton Ave., in Catonsville. $100. “Dinner in the Woods” on facebook.com.

‘Dial M for Murder’ Poor Grace Kelly — first her cad of a husband, Ray Milland, hires someone to kill her, then, when it doesn’t work, he frames her for murder. Shot in glorious 3D by the master, Alfred Hitchcock. When a choking Kelly reaches out for help, it’s you she’s reaching for. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15, 10 a.m. Aug. 19, 1 p.m. Aug. 20 and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at The Senator, 5904 York Road. $9-$12. thesenatortheatre.com.

Arts in the Park Festival Art lovers can see (and maybe even buy) the work of local artists, music lovers can soak in the sounds of Brent Schraffenberger, RÊVE and the Annapolis Junction Big Band, kids can enjoy corn hole and a moon bounce, the hungry can sample an assortment of food trucks. Surely, you fit into one of these categories. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Chesapeake Arts Center, 194 Hammonds Lane in Brooklyn Park. Free. chesapeakearts.org.

Party at the Plaza Savor summer with a free concert from the brass and percussion sections of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, with selections from Strauss’ “Also sprach Zarathustra” (which you may recognize from “2001: A Space Odyssey”), Handel’s suite from “Music for the Royal Fireworks” and John Williams’ “Olympic Fanfare.” This’ll be your last chance to hear the BSO before they head out on tour of London, Edinburgh and Dublin. 5 p.m. Aug. 15 at City Hall Plaza, 100 Holliday St. bsomusic.org.

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ An American-born economics professor of Chinese descent (Constance Wu) travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. Little did she realize what a catch he is. In theaters Aug. 15.

Little Mermen A Disney rock cover band? Ariel rocks? This you’ve got to see. 9 p.m. Aug. 17 at Rams Head Live, 20 Market Place in Power Plant Live. $10-$15. ramsheadlive.com.

Subhi An evening of Hindi pop jazz from a Chicago-based singer-songwriter whose 2017 "Shaitaan Dil" (Naughty Heart), showcased a blend of her Indian roots with Chicago jazz. 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at An die Musik, 409 N. Charles St. $10-$17. andiemusiklive.com.

Maryland Folk Metal Fest IV You would think metal and folk are two musical genres without much in common, but you might be surprised. With music from Helsótt, Winter Nights, Sekengard, Goblin Hovel, URN, Wandering Oak, Ferus Din and Ashen. 5 p.m. Aug. 18 at The Ottobar, 2549 N. Howard St. $25. theottobar.com.

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