Fairs, flicks and a record store anniversary: the best of Baltimore's arts and entertainment scene this week

The 137th Maryland State Fair runs through Labor Day at the state fairgrounds in Timonium.

Maryland State Fair

The 12 best days of summer run through Labor Day, which means you still have plenty of time to enjoy all the prize-winning cows, fleet-footed pigs, giant tomatoes, thrilling carnival rides and extremely difficult (but not impossible, we assure you) midway games of skill you can handle. Also still to come are two more big-time concerts: hanging-in-there rockers Jefferson Starship on Sept. 1 and country’s Chris Janson on Sept. 2. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. on the racetrack infield and are free with fair admission, which runs $5-$10, free for kids 5 and under (premium concert tickets are available for $20). Fair hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show returns to the Baltimore Convention Center Aug. 30-Sept. 2.

Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show

Shop the finest in vintage and estate jewelry, American and European silver, furniture of all kinds, crystal, art glass, ceramics, quilts, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, lamps, ethnic art, paintings, decoys, Chinese export, bronzes, music boxes, sewing collectibles, oriental rugs, textiles, posters, country store, antique armor and military, political memorabilia — more than 200,000 items in all, we’re told. Bring a loaded charge card. Noon-8 p.m. Aug. 30, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. $20.


‘South Pacific’

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical treatment of wartime romance and racial prejudice on a South Seas Island, performed onstage at the Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road in Olney, Montgomery County, Aug. 31-Oct. 7. $42-$84. And if you want to see the 1958 movie version with Mitzi Gaynor, Rossano Brazzi and Ray Walston on the big screen, it’s getting a 60th anniversary showing at area theaters at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 26 and 29.

Anthony Hamilton will be joined by En Vogue for a Sept. 1 concert at MECU Pavilion.

Anthony Hamilton and En Vogue

An evening of the best in R&B. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 at MECU Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave., $34-$243.88.

Baltimore Comedy Festival

Six days of comedy showcases, panel discussions, podcast recordings and other laugh inducers, all designed with you humor aficionados in mind. The festival, bringing more than 100 comedians into town, kicks off Aug. 29 with a 9 p.m. Opening Night Showcase ($5) at the Motor House, 120 W. North Ave. Events continue through Sept. 3 at area venues, including The Crown, Disko Bar, Atomic Books, Joe Squared, Mt. Vernon Marketplace, Ottobar, Sidebar, Union Craft Brewery, Windup Space and more, with Motor House serving as festival headquarters. Many events are free; tickets for others are $5-$10.

Elizabeth Hurley stars with Mike Myers in the spy spoof "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," Aug. 30's final entry in the Flicks From The Hill outdoor film series.

Final Flicks From the Hill for the season

Another summer of free outdoor movie screenings across from Federal Hill (but visible from its eastern slope), courtesy of the American Visionary Art Museum, closes Aug. 30 with a 9 p.m. showing of Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley in “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery." Oh, it’s groovy, baby. And don’t forget the free movie-night bonuses: admission to the museum, 800 Key Highway, from 5 p.m.-9 p.m., and a group bike ride through Federal Hill beginning at 6:30 p.m. (begins at Race Pace Bicycles, 1414 Key Highway).

Jack Black, Todd Louiso, John Cusack and Lisa Bonet in "High Fidelity," part of a double feature playing the Niarchos Foundation Parkway Aug. 30 in commemorating 25 years of Fells Point's Sound Garden.

The Sound Garden Anniversary Double Feature

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The 25th anniversary of Baltimore’s best record store is celebrated with two movies about — what else? — the joy of selling vinyl. First up is 2000’s “High Fidelity,” starring John Cusack as the owner of a used-record store looking back on the loves he’s lost; followed by 1995’s “Empire Records,” with Anthony LaPaglia as the cash-strapped owner of an indie store with a loyal staff that includes Rory Cochrane, Liv Tyler and Robin Tunney. 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave. $10, $16 for both films.


After an eventful night out, Emma and Oli are forced to deal with the consequences of “what can happen when lines, and memories, are blurred.” From Irish writer-director Kat Woods, and starring original cast members Will Hearle and Serena Jennings. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30, 8 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at Baltimore Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. $20-$25.

Tiny Stills will perform in concert Aug. 30 at The Sidebar.

Tiny Stills

Los Angeles-based power pop, featuring frontwoman Kailynn West. Also on the bill: Get Married, Rookshot and Fighting 4 Daylight. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at The Sidebar, 218 E. Lexington St. $10-$12.



Welcome to an “improvised mystery,” as The World’s Greatest Detective is called upon to solve a murder, with the help of The World’s Greatest Detective, The World’s Greatest Detective and The World’s Greatest Detective. Why, that murderer’s as good as caught. Right? 7 p.m. Aug 29 at the BIG Theater, 1727 N. Charles St. Free; reservations suggested.