Running, trash-gobbling and drinking with bears: the best of Baltimore's A&E scene this week

Baltimore Running Festival

The Baltimore Marathon is a long-running tradition (you knew that was coming, right?), and it’s only part of the day’s fleet-footed fun. The big race starts at 8 a.m. Oct. 20 at Paca and Camden streets, then proceeds for 26-plus miles through Federal Hill, Fells Point, the Lake Montebello area, even the Maryland Zoo, before ending at the Inner Harbor’s McKeldin Square. Runners with less endurance will be trying the half-marathon (9:45 a.m. at Pratt and Light streets), 5K (7:30 a.m. at Pratt and Light streets) or team relay (8 a.m. at Paca and Camden streets). And all are welcome to visit the Celebration Village at the Inner Harbor, where free activities from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. will include music, games, even a kids’ fun zone. thebaltimoremarathon.com.

‘Evil Dead: The Musical’

Blood! Decapitations! Impalings! Murderous demons! Now there’s an excuse for breaking into song! A musical take on Sam Raimi’s blood-soaked 1981 horror classic, presented by Deer in the Spotlight Productions. Complete with a bloody Splash Zone. Can’t wait! 8 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27 at Motor House Baltimore, 120 W. North Ave. $20-$50. deerinthespotlight.com.

‘The Night of the Hunter’ The only movie Oscar-winning actor Charles Laughton ever directed, and it’s amazing — crazy-as-a-murderous-loon preacher Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum, never better) is after $10,000 he knows is hidden somewhere, and heaven help the two kids he’s convinced know where. With Lillian Gish as their gun-toting guardian angel and Shelley Winters as their hapless mother. A classic. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 10 a.m. Oct. 21, 1 p.m. Oct. 22 and 9:30 p.m. Oct 23 on the big screen at The Senator, 5904 York Road. $7-$10. thesenatortheatre.com.

Trash Wheel Fan Fest Fans of the harbor’s googly-eyed trash gobbler can celebrate his awesomeness Oct. 20 with an evening of performance pieces, songs and artwork inspired by Mr. Trash Wheel and his fellow waterborne refuse collectors, Professor Trash Wheel and Captain Trash Wheel. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewery, 401 E. 30th St. $35. baltimorewaterfront.com.

‘Cabaret’

Life is a cabaret, old chum, so by all means, come to see “Cabaret,” the wickedly entertaining musical from John Kander and Fred Ebb, set in Berlin’s forebodingly decadent Kit Kat Klub in the early 1930s. Opens Oct. 19 and runs Fridays-Sundays through Nov. 18 (plus Nov. 15) at Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway. 2 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. other days. $16-$25. vagabondplayers.org.

Bill Burr

The “Chappelle’s Show” alum and voice of father Frank in Netflix’s animated series “F Is for Family” takes to the stage at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Oct. 18. $20-$45. modell-lyric.com.

‘Halloween’

Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode takes care of Michael Myers once and for all — she hopes. If this comes close to matching the original 1978 “Halloween,” we’re in for a treat. In theaters Oct. 18.

Oktobearfest

If the chance to sample more than 50 seasonal brews isn’t enough, how about adding food, live music (from Bad w/Names and Reverend Smackmaster and the Congregation of Funk) and a bunch of local vendors and artisans. And since it’s at the zoo, we’re betting there’ll be some animals, as well. Noon-5 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1 Safari Place. $29-$69. marylandzoo.org.

Maryland Home & Garden Show

Find a ton of ideas for sprucing up your indoor or outdoor decor, get in some early Christmas shopping, enjoy some Frisbee-catching dogs (courtesy of Disc-Connected K9s) and meet special guest Shaun O’Neale, Season 7 winner of "MasterChef" on Fox. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 19-21 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. $3-$9, free for kids under 6. mdhomeandgarden.com/fall.

Vivaldi Four Seasons

Four Baltimore Symphony Orchestra violinists each get a share of the Vivaldi spotlight. Also on the bill: Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns and selections from Schubert’s “Rosamunde.” 8 p.m. Oct. 19-20 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $25-$80. (Also 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda. $35-$90.) bsomusic.org.

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