Planes, Poe and black film: the best of Baltimore's arts scene this week

Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore

This air and sea extravaganza will be offering tours of more than a dozens ships and vessels from the U.S., Canada and Great Britain, plus flyovers by the USAF Thunderbirds and scores of other educational and/or just-plain-entertaining possibilities. Ship tours are 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 4-8 at the Inner Harbor, Fells Point, Tide Point and North Locust Point. Flights are scheduled for noon-4 p.m. Oct. 6-7 (for a great place to watch, try Fort McHenry). A Fleet Week Festival, with food, entertainment, kids’ activities and other cool stuff to do, runs 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 5-6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Inner Harbor, while an air-themed Open House is set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 6-7 at Martin State Airport, 701 Wilson Point Blvd. Free.


Poe Fest International

It’s all Edgar, all the time, this weekend, as Baltimore celebrates one of its favorite sons (Boston’s, Richmond’s, Philadelphia’s and New York’s claims notwithstanding) with two days of books, art, music and food. And much of the celebrating will be going on where Edgar Allan actually lived and died. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 7 across from the Poe House and Museum, 203 N. Amity St. Free.


Doors Open Baltimore

More than 60 of Charm City’s most beautiful, most historic or just most interesting buildings will be open for free tours. Don’t miss this chance to see inside all those places you’ve always wondered about, including the 1781 Aisquith Street Quaker Meeting House, the city’s oldest house of worship; the Lord Baltimore Hotel; and Zion Lutheran Church, dating to 1807. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 6-7 (not all sites will be open on Oct. 7).

Baltimore International Black Film Festival

This annual showcase of movies by black filmmakers and arising from the black diaspora opens

Oct. 3 with a 7 p.m. showing at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St., of Japanese-American writer-director Takeshi Fukunaga’s “Out of My Hand,” the story of a worker on a Liberian rubber plantation who leaves for New York, where he drives a cab and wrestles with his past. Features and short films will continue to be shown through Oct. 7 at The Charles, 1711 N. Charles St.; the Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave.; and the University of Baltimore Learning Commons, 1415 Maryland Ave. Tickets are $10-$25.

Baltimore American Indian Center 50th Anniversary Banquet

Celebrate a half century of advocating for and educating the general public about Native-Americans. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 6 at the BAIC, 113 S. Broadway. $50.



A night of the best in R&B, courtesy of his “50 Intimate Nights” tour. 8 p.m. Oct. 6 at MECU Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. $30-$445.

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The author of “Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall," the story of how much the spirit of East German punk rock contributed to events of the late ’80s, talks about and signs copies of his book (which will be available for purchase, courtesy of the Ivy Bookshop). 6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Maryland State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped, 415 Park Ave. Free.

Sibelius Symphonies

The last two symphonies — Nos. 6 and 7 — of the great Finnish composer are performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Finnish conductor Hannu Lintu. Also: Hummel's Trumpet Concerto, with an assist from Norwegian trumpet virtuoso Tine Thing Helseth. 8 p.m. Oct. 4 and 6 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $25-$80. Also 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda. $35-$90.

‘The Fig Tree Waltzes’


The gravity-defying performers of Seattle-based Acrobatic Conundrum present “a moving exploration of indecision, desperation and tenacity in the face of choice … a paean to the human drive to keep playing against overwhelming odds.” 8 p.m. Oct. 4-6, 3 p.m. Oct. 6-7 at Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. $15-$25.

Hopkins Concert Orchestra

The orchestra, under new conductor Jordan Randall Smith, opens its season with selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” plus Florence Price's “Ethiopia’s Shadow in America” and Franz Doppler’s “Fantaisie Pastorale Hongroise.” 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Bunting Meyerhoff Interfaith and Community Service Center, 3509 N. Charles St. Free.