Africa Umoja, ghosts and goblins galore and a prize-winning 'Sweat' — the best of this week's Baltimore A&E scene

Africa Umoja: ‘The Spirit of Togetherness’

Dancers, singers and other performers from South Africa unite for a vibrant display of tribal dances, plus a tribute to Nelson Mandela in his centennial year. Baltimore is one of only five U.S. stops for this tour, so take advantage. 2 p.m. Oct. 21, 27 and 28, 8 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $59-$80.50. france-merrickpac.com.

The Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival

An illuminated Baltimore tradition for 19 Halloweens: The whole family can enjoy the Oct. 27 parade and festival in Patterson Park, Eastern and Linwood avenues. The fun begins at 3:30 p.m. with the free festival, featuring a kids’ costume contest, lantern-making (you’ll be needing them after the sun goes down), hayrides, dancers, live music, an arts and crafts market and more. The parade, a ghostly apparition that begins along the Boat Lake, kicks off at 7 p.m. And for adults who want to keep the party going, the Glow Ball After-Party, with music from Dos Santos, follows at 8:30 p.m. at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. $10-$16. creativealliance.org.

Baltimore Horror Story

Inspired by the TV series “American Horror Story,” horrors of every kind will be on display at Power Plant Live, 34 Market Place, with live music, access to 11 bars and clubs and a costume contest with more than $10,000 in prizes. The visuals alone should be stunning. 8 p.m. Oct. 27. $5-$11. powerplantlive.com.

BSO Pulse: Kelela

The D.C. native performs her mix of R&B, jazz and electronica in tandem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. With DDm performing in the lobby before the show. 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $25-$55. bsomusic.org.

‘King of the Yees’

Lauren Yee’s generations-bridging comedy focuses on her search through time, space and a few other unlikely places for her vanished father, a pillar of the Chinese-American community. In previews Oct. 25-31, then Nov. 1-18 at Baltimore Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday (also 2 p.m. Nov. 14), 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $20-$74. centerstage.org.

‘Sweat’

Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer-winning drama of trying times in a struggling blue-collar town opens Oct. 23 and runs through Nov . 25 at Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays (except Oct. 30 and Nov. 13), 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 7 p.m. Sundays, plus 10:30 a.m. Nov. 20 and 1 p.m. Nov. 21. $25-$65. everymantheatre.org.

Beltway Boards & Brew Celebrity Cornhole Tournament

A host of current and former Ravens, plus assorted Orioles, Mystics, Redskins and others, battle for cornhole supremacy (buy a $1,000 ticket and you can play alongside one of them). Includes BBQ and an open bar. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. $125, benefits the Players Philanthropy Fund. Tickets through eventbrite.com.

‘Say Anything ...’ with John Cusack

Rescheduled (thanks to Hurricane Florence) from last month: The star of one of the most romantic movies ever made – if you fell in love in the ’90s, this is why Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” became your go-to song – talks about the experience of making it and answers questions. And, of course, you get to watch the film, too. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $39.75-$150. modell-lyric.com.

Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano

Nightclub favorites Comstock and Fasano present “Take Love Easy,” classics from the Great American Songbook. 6 p.m. Oct. 26 at Cabaret at Germano’s, 300 S. High St. $20. The following day, the pair will hold a master class for aspiring singers (both those who would like to work directly with them and those who would just like to watch) at 11:30 a.m. $55-$120. germanospiattini.com.

‘The Mystery of Picasso’

Henri-Georges Clouzot's 1956 documentary offers the rare chance to watch the master artist at work, at times seeming to paint directly onto the movie screen. 8 p.m. Oct. 25 (Picasso’s 137th birthday) at the Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave. Free. mdfilmfest.com.

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