Star-Spangled Defenders' Day Weekend, Baltimore Seafood Festival, Maryland Wine Festival and the Ravens — the best of Baltimore's A&E scene this week

Star-Spangled Defenders’ Day Weekend

Mark the 204th anniversary of the War of 1812 battle that saved Baltimore, and quite possibly the United States, at Fort McHenry, 2400 E. Fort Ave., the place where much of it happened. The festivities kick off at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 with a parade through the adjoining Locust Point neighborhood. On Sept. 15 and 16, activities begin at 10 a.m. with a living history dress parade, then continue with ranger talks, programs centered on the American flag and more living history. A celebration beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 15 includes performances from the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” U.S. Army Drill Team, and the Fort McHenry Guard, followed by a mock bombardment of the fort that should call to mind the heroic events of 1814. $15 fort entrance fee, free for kids 15 and under.

Baltimore Seafood Festival

Food from more than 35 restaurants and food trucks; there will even be some non-seafood food available, although why anyone would eat a hamburger when steamed crabs are available is beyond us. Plus music, cooking demonstrations, a kids’ zone and more. Noon (11 a.m. for VIPs) to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Canton Waterfront Park, 3001 Boston St. $15-$105; free for kids 16 and under.

Maryland Wine Festival

Make like a Free State Bacchus and enjoy the best of what Maryland wineries have to offer — more than 150 wines will be available. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St. in Westminster. $15-$50 per day.

'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'

Deceit of all kinds makes life miserable for a rich Southern family, and it all comes to a head during a birthday dinner for patriarch Big Daddy in this Pulitzer Prize-winning drama from Tennessee Williams. Opens with a 7:30 p.m. performance Sept. 13 and plays through Oct. 14 (except Mondays and Oct. 9) at Baltimore Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. $20-$74.

‘Bernard and Huey’

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Jules Feiffer and Slamdance Film Festival co-founder Dan Mirvish will be in town Sept. 15 to introduce a screening of their new film, the story of two old friends — a ladies’ man fallen on hard times and a reformed nebbish who’s turned into a New York success story — re-connecting after 25 years. Feiffer wrote the script in 1986, using characters he introduced in the Village Voice nearly three decades earlier. 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave. $13.

‘Putin On Ice’

Don’t believe a word of this show… and that’s the point. A portrait of Vladimir Putin based on all sorts of fakery and manipulation. What fun!?! In previews Sept. 12-13 (8 p.m., pay what you can, $10-$15 in advance), opens Sept 14 and runs through Oct. 7 at Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays (except Sept. 16). $25-$29.

Gala Concert with Cynthia Erivo

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs a mix of orchestral and Broadway favorites, in service to the wondrous voice of the Tony- and Grammy-winning star of “The Color Purple.” 8:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $50-$75.

Baker Artist Awards 2017 & 2018

One of Baltimore’s most prestigious art awards has been around for 10 years, and in celebration, the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, will display selected works from winners Abraham Burickson, Sara Dittrich, David Marion and Amy Sherald. Includes sculpture, painting, video art and mixed-media. Debuts Sept. 12 and remains on view through Oct. 14. A free opening event is set for 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 12, spotlighting the work of four additional award winners: Lafayette Gilchrist, Dora Malech, Margaret Rorison and Lisi Steossel.

Frank Vignola Hot Jazz Guitar Trio

The final day for viewing the glorious sidewalk creations of Little Italy’s Madonnari Arts Festival is capped with an intimate performance from guitar virtuoso Vignola, ably abetted by guitarist Vinny Raniolo and bassist Guy Mazzaroppi. 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Cabaret at Germano’s, 300 S. High St. $25-$35.

Ravens season opener

Are we ready for some football? Absolutely. Time to put the disappointment of last season’s final game firmly in the rear-view mirror. The march to the playoffs begins at 1 p.m. Sept 9 at home against the Buffalo Bills. Tickets to see the game live at M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St., run $85-$430. If you’d rather watch at home, tune in to CBS (WJZ, Channel 13). Go, Ravens!

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