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The 44th Maryland Irish Festival runs next weekend at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
The 44th Maryland Irish Festival runs next weekend at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. (Alan White / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Maryland Irish Festival

Three days of Irish food, drink, culture and whatever else emanates from the Emerald Isle. Find something green to wear (not required, but it's the right thing to do), tell everyone your name begins with O', start your day with some bangers and mash (there's got to be a plate of that available somewhere, right?) and have at it. Music provided by Kilmaine Saints, Barleyjuice, Dublin 5, Blackwater, the Fitzgeralds and others. 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. next Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. $10-$20, free for those under 17. irishfestival.com.

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Bacon Jam

This certainly sounds savory: gourmet bacon dishes, a bacon cocktail contest, music from regional jam bands, family games and crafts and — here's why you know you want to go — a pig squealing contest. Oink, indeed. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Power Plant Live, 34 Market Place. $10-$65, free for kids under 12. powerplantlive.com.

A Night at the Museum

The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture's annual gala includes cocktails and dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by Party With a Purpose at 8:30 p.m. This year's honorees are Librarian of Congress Carla D. Hayden and artist Joyce J. Scott. With music from Pure Honey Entertainment. Takes place at the museum, 830 E. Pratt St. $150-$475. lewismuseum.org.

'And Did the World With Devils Swarm'

The world premiere of Marylander Hollis Thoms' one-act opera, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, Germany, and started the Reformation. 4 p.m. today at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St. $20-$22. bachinbaltimore.org.

Gilbert Sandler, one of the premier storytellers of old Baltimore, will be feted Thursday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.
Gilbert Sandler, one of the premier storytellers of old Baltimore, will be feted Thursday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland. (Karen Jackson / Patuxent Publishing)

'Glimpses of Gil Sandler'

Relive the days when Hecht's, Hochschild's, Hutzler's and Stewart's all did business on Howard Street and streetcars transported commuters all over the city, as one of old Baltimore's premier storytellers is feted. Followed by a reception and book signing. 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St. Free. jewishmuseummd.org.

Winfield Parker will perform Saturday as part of "‘Ru-Jac Records & the Legacy of Baltimore Soul" at the Arch Social Club.
Winfield Parker will perform Saturday as part of "‘Ru-Jac Records & the Legacy of Baltimore Soul" at the Arch Social Club. (Chris Kaltenbach / Baltimore Sun)

'Ru-Jac Records & the Legacy of Baltimore Soul'

In the early '60s, Ru-Jac Records on Laurens Street, a pioneering African-American-owned record label, was one of the driving engines of Baltimore's black music scene, with a roster that included Winfield Parker, Gene & Eddie, Rita Doryse and a young Arthur Conley (who would later have a massive hit with "Sweet Soul Music"). Become acquainted with a legacy that's too often overlooked with a panel discussion, followed by performances from Ru-Jac alums Parker and Joe Quarterman. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Arch Social Club, 2426 Pennsylvania Ave. $8-$13. creativealliance.org.

"Motherland," the latest documentary from Baltimore filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, will be available on DVD and blu-ray Tuesday.
"Motherland," the latest documentary from Baltimore filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, will be available on DVD and blu-ray Tuesday. (Handout art/FilmRise)

'Motherland' DVD and blu-ray release

The latest from Baltimore documentary filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz, a visit to one of the world's busiest maternity wards, the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in her native Philippines. Enjoy an extraordinary piece of fly-on-the-wall filmmaking. Available Tuesday from FilmRise.

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger takes to the stage at the Hippodrome Thursday.
Comedian Iliza Shlesinger takes to the stage at the Hippodrome Thursday. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Iliza Shlesinger

An evening of funny stuff, from the only woman ever to win NBC's "Last Comic Standing," of late the host of "Truth & Iliza" on Freeform. 8 p.m. Thursday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $49-$86. france-merrickpac.com.

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'Merchants of Doubt'

A screening of Robert Kenner's 2014 documentary on paid "experts" hired to debunk climate change and other topics will be followed by a panel discussion featuring climate scientists and journalists. 3 p.m. today at the Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1316 Park Ave. Free. "Screening of Climate Change Film & Panel Discussion" on facebook.com.

"Rhythm & Muse," showcasing musically inspired works from five Maryland artists, will have an opening reception at the WTMD studios in Towson on Thursday.
"Rhythm & Muse," showcasing musically inspired works from five Maryland artists, will have an opening reception at the WTMD studios in Towson on Thursday. (Handout art/WTMD)

'Rhythm & Muse' opening reception

Five Maryland artists — Trudy Babchak, Minas Konsolas, Arin Mitchell, Mattye Hamilton and Landis Expandis — display works inspired by music. Through Nov. 30 (with a free opening reception set for 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday) at the WTMD studios, 1 Olympic Place, Suite 100, in Towson. Viewing hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free. wtmd.org.

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